After something of a hiatus, I’d like to continue with a summary of the words received over the last 10 years. Perhaps it is a good time to go back to the first word I received, back in 2002:
I saw a tree, most particularly the root structure, in profile. The soil was shallow and there was a large boulder, or mass of rock underneath. Most roots spread out widely into shallow soil. While the tree was alive, there was no depth to sustain the tree should there be a drought. Neither was there sufficient depth of soil to feed the tree properly.
At the same time I also saw a tap root, extending down through the heart of the rock. The root had the potential to grow and break up the rock, which was preventing a deep and healthy root system.
This vision is both a warning and a hope. The tree represents the Church, in particular the western Church. The warning is that the Church is reliant on shallow soil, and as a result it cannot grow further and it cannot withstand times of trial. We spread our roots widely through all the avenues of shallow faith and faint spiritual reality.
This is still so very true in this culture. Did the first waves of the Tsunami shift us in our complacency? I would suggest it was enough to make us a little uneasy, concerned, perhaps a little fearful. But did we look to the right places for answers? And did we really wake up? What would another, stronger wave do? Perhaps we will see, perhaps the Lord of the Sea will send waves to form a mercy judgment. But more on that next time. For now:
Pray therefore, not for judgment or separation, though these things may come, but that even at the 11th hour folk may awaken to their reality, turn and be healed.
Let us have a heart for reconciliation, a heart to save, a heart to bring the harvest home, a heart to love with the Lords burning love. For the Lord desires the destruction of no man.
Good word, Peter, and ahead of its time — though not so very far ahead. I, too, have been wondering whether the fiscal down-turn is not more of mercy than of judgment. God is good even when things are scary.
I think back to Israel, who choked in their prosperity. In the end, it proved a curse to them, maybe the greatest curse, of God getting out of the way and allowing us to get what we want.
Hence, I have always seen the waves of judgment crashing on our shores to be laced with mercy.
Far better if we were with the writer of Proverbs 30:
7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.