Deeper Day 145: Stop and Drop

Lately, I have said multiple times that it feels like the world is on fire. Just now I had a powerful vision.

I saw myself and there was a great cloud of smoke above me as I was on my hands and knees. I felt the Lord showing me that I would survive this great fire by dropping to my knees. He was promising me that He would get me out of it. “Stay below the fire.” I heard.

Sure, some of the fire I was experiencing was from current world situations, but in all honesty, some of the fire was from our normal family matters. Things we’ve been walking out for a long time and wounds in family members that are being aggravated and/or exposed by this time of long trial.

All morning before I received this vision, I was interceding over some very specific family matters. I had journaled about them this morning and spent a lot of time mulling it over, and here came my answer. No, it didn’t feel particularly comforting, but it was real. As I pressed in, I asked God what all He was referencing in this vision, and I could see it was for me personally, but it powerfully conveys to all of us.

Friends, not every vision from God will be what I call “warm fuzzy”, but I do believe that they will all carry a peace that surpasses understanding. So, even though this particular vision was weighty and sobering, it carried a sense of protection and provision and reassurance that God is with me and on my side through whatever comes.

When there’s a fire we know what to do. First stop, then drop. You must stay below the fire in order to find the air to breath. After falling to your knees, you either wait for help or crawl to the nearest exit. Apparently, this is where I’ve found myself. Just now I see that God is burning off some old things from a certain family member and while He’s doing this, He’s telling me not to intervene, as I would normally try to comfort them,  and in the past have ended up carrying this person through storms, when I wasn’t ever meant to do that. He’s inviting me to trust Him enough to take a different posture and then to allow Him to keep me from being consumed in the process.

I wish I didn’t need to be so vague about this, but trust me there is so much emotion wrapped into this devotional today.

Prayer Moment: God, I thank You that I can trust You to deliver me from anything and everything. You are my only Provider. You are my true Father. I lay all I have at Your feet and surrender to Your purposes. I am Yours. Lord, give me the strength to walk out this next season. Encourage my heart. Hold me. I am weak, but as I rest in Your strength, I know I can do all things. So, I lean into You. You are my all in all. I trust You. In Jesus name, amen.

Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:19

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.                                2 Corinthians 12:10