I am helping someone put together a web site at the moment and the header image is of a tree captured in each of its four seasons. Got me thinking. Also on the news is the report of the extreme storm to hit the north east of the USA. A tough winter here, a blazing over the top summer there, out-of seasonal rains, etc. Extreme weather patterns – something certainly the ‘climate change’ people have been saying would happen.
So this got me thinking, cos I also did a 1-minute video (along with others) for Justin Abraham on 2013, in it I spoke of extremes in weather patterns, external pressures being placed on us etc. So seasons are a challenge at times, but mostly enjoyable, each part can be appreciated. They become unenjoyable when they last too long, become too extreme, prevent us from doing what we were planning / wanting to do.
So what if, in the same as, the weather is not behaving properly, that the seasons of our lives are also not behaving properly? What if ‘this should be over by now’, ‘I really ought to be in a different place’, ‘this has been going on for too long’?
Getting timings right are so challenging. I have been pushing a little jogging these past few days to give space to pray. It has been very interesting indeed as it seems the Lord is giving some fresh perspectives on timings. Transition hold some tricky elements, one of the key ones is to understand the principle that not everything is complete when a shift takes place (seed falls into the ground principle). However, what has to be completed has to be completed; or if we walk away in honesty realising we did not complete the task, we do so taking hold of the grace of God, walking on acknowledging that we have failed but into a good future. Failure cannot be all it is cracked up to be, otherwise there could not be a viable people of faith around today.
But how to know that what should be finished has been finished – even when there is a sense of ‘but I also wanted to see this completed’? Gayle and I went to Mallorca with many perspectives, but also with some key revelation from Michael Schiffmann. When the pieces fell together and we had some extraordinary connections, our sense of timing changed enormously. From feeling our time there might be for another 24-36 months it shifted to 8 months. Not a small acceleration.
Likewise, we have some prophetic words that seem to indicate timings over certain aspects. As I have pressed in this past week, if anything, it would certainly seem that the prophetic words indicate a much longer process than I had anticipated. Never something that is too enjoyable to hear. But a bit like the weather.
I am not writing with a conclusion in view. However, I suspect that I am not alone. Here’s what I hear today:
There are no shortcuts (do I hear an ‘Amen’?, or do I hear a big loud ‘OUCH?’), but there will come accelerators. Yet they are not coming when nor how nor from where, you expect them to. Just as the weather is becoming ‘resistant’ so there are resisters that we must face. Weather patterns will continue that seem to defy what should be happening. Irregularities in crops, indicating that finding the food we like will be more difficult than ever. Yet even when the news talks of new migratory patterns, that will be an indication that a season also of accelerators is on the horizon.