Several years ago, the Lord gave me a revelation that I feel is revelant to the time we are living in today.
In this dream, I was with other people looking out a big picture window. We were looking at a river ... it was as if we were looking down seeing how the river was laid out. It was shaped like a U. Coming down the first part of the U, the river was calm and peaceful ... but as it began to come down and turn the bottom curve, it became a mighty rushing river.
There were 2 people riding this river on a raft. I noticed as they came around the bottom bend, they had a rocket powered motor on the raft. We laughed because we could see that the motor was not going to take them any faster than this mighty river would take them.
I have shared this dream several times, but have always known it is a picture of something coming in the body of Christ. For years we have been in a time of peace, where things have been a "smooth ride". Sure there have been waves, but nothing we couldn't handle. But I have sensed that there are changes coming ... shifts happening ... rough waters ahead. I believe we are there.
Yesterday I awoke from a dream... I lived by a river, and I was going to where my husband was, so I got on a raft. This river ran through a high mountain, and there was one point that turned left that led to a hugh waterfall. I wasn't worried about going toward the waterfall, because it was so easy to stay to the right where my husband was.
This was no normal day on the river. I begin to see and experience the mighty rushing river. It would take my raft as high as the mountain, then go lower than I had ever been to the other side. I had no fear ... but when I came to the place where the river led to the waterfall, I couldn't control where the raft would go ... I could only pray. I don't always pray with my eye shut, but for some reason I did then. When I opened my eyes I had passed the turn successfully, and was safely going toward my destination. I woke up.
Later as I was thinking about the dream, the Lord reminded me of the U shaped river.
I am not a worrier ... never have been. But the last week I have felt the enemy trying to get me to a place where I would feel overwhelmed. Over and over I have to remind my self that God alone is my source! No man ... no company ... not even myself or my husband ... ONLY GOD! Yes things are getting rough, there are waves out there that can overwhelm us and pull us under ... but if we try to be in control, we will drown. Instead we have to rely on God and His power, and His strength, and His provision to see us through this hard time. We have to get back to our first love, we have to get rid of everything that we have allowed to come between us and our God!
Most important: There is nothing we can do in the natural that will take us through this time in our life. Galatians 3:3 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?
This is the scripture the Lord gave me this morning ...
Deuteronomy 11:13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today?to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul- 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
Then He reminded me of two of my favorite scriptures:
Psalm 66:8 Praise our God, O peoples,let the sound of his praise be heard;
9 he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.
10 For you, O God, tested us; you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and water,
but you brought us to a place of abundance.
13 I will come to your temple with burnt offerings and fulfill my vows to you-
14 vows my lips promised and my mouth spoke when I was in trouble.
Psalm 18: 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,from my foes, who were too strong for me.
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
20 The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.