“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
I have so many blueprints God has shown me that sometimes it feels like my brain will explode architect plans! I have had visions over countries, regions, cities, churches, ministries, natural disasters, friends, business ideas, inventions, family, my marriage, my kids, and even the land I live on (pretty much everything BUT politics, thankfully)! Most of these ideas are not even for me, or about me, but to pray into or give away freely. There is always more it seems!
Since this began more intensely around 2002, many of them have come true. They did not come to pass like I thought they would with my limited scope, but all of them came about exactly as God had shown me in the vision! But the challenge is looking around at the MESS that is NOW, and seeing HIS WILL being done over it. The MESS of our country, the MESS of abortion, the MESS of mental health issues, the MESS of our house, the MESS of our finances… whatever you may feel is a MESS right now. Yet GOD.
Yet God can move mountains, and calm storms, and walk through walls and on water, and chooses to be mindful of us! US, who can’t seem to cook, or clean, or manage laundry, who makes a bigger MESS in every space we occupy.
In this picture, I cling to HIS promise of a “Before” (my NOW mess) and “After” (His ideas), even when we take steps backwards! A promise He showed me over a year ago, of a prayer heart garden that will bless many (like the first year of this garden when I was able to gift 30 huge bouquets of flowers to women and made them cry!). Of a pole barn and greenhouse in the back with a discipleship, equipping, healing counseling center where His sheep get fed and healed and sent out to heal the sick as well. I never even thought of having a ministry, since becoming a missionary didn’t work out. YET His plans. YET My obedience. YET Hauling woodchips, weeding MESSES. Planting without reaping. The cross before me, the world behind me. No turning back, no turning back.
Whatever your mess, I promise He has a messAGE for you. He has a time and a season. Even if you can’t see it, even if you can’t hear it, even if you don’t know it! He has a blueprint over your life, and it is for your good. He is spinning a tapestry and brooding over you like a mother hen. He is gathering you under His wing. He is collecting your tears sown in sorrow and will turn them into a harvest of great songs of JOY! He sees you. He knows you, He sees each hair, each tear, each hope, each dream. He put them there. He will fight the battle and hand you the victory. It’s just the way He is. But if you, like me, are in the middle of your MESS… without a way to see HOW to get from here to there, TRUST in the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. He will get you there.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthian 1:20
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