Deeper Day 326: Embers

Embers: A glowing fragment from a fire. The smoldering remains of a fire. Slowly dying or fading emotions, memories, ideas, or responses still capable of being revived.

Last night as I stood in the midst of hundreds of worshipers, I closed my eyes and immediately I saw burning embers falling all over me, or maybe they were coming off of me. The bottom line is the embers were stirred regardless of their origin. I felt the flames of my worshiping heart fanned as they had not been in quite some time. So often, I am the burning one, leading others to a deeper place. Standing before God’s throne and gesturing to others, “Follow me, this is the way to the Father!”.

So, when I have moments to just worship in a crowd without any responsibility or eyes on me, I ABSOLUTELY take advantage and immerse myself into the depths of the fire of God. Surrounded by hundreds and only aware of One. I live for these moments. Yes, I have powerful encounters in my home, alone worshiping at the piano. Yes, I have powerful moments leading and participating in worship at church. But nothing. Absolutely nothing, is like being surrounded by a multitude of hearts that are equally passionate and unapologetic in laying down every ounce of pride to worship the Only One worthy. The spiritual agreement within these settings is beyond measure and opens gates that we’ve only heard of before.

Last night as I worshiped, I saw the embers, I saw into God’s eyes, I had a personal encounter with Him where He simultaneously placed a queen’s crown on my head and pulled a thorn from my side…at this thorn being pulled out, I literally felt a deep breath come through me. As if, my breathing had been restricted without me realizing it and suddenly I was discovering what a deep breath felt like. And the “piece de resistance” was witnessing my own daughter worship God wildly. She had never worshiped with such abandon before. It was literally one of the most amazing legacy moments of my life. In that moment I thought, “This! This is what I want to pass on to her!!” It felt like a right of passage moment, where I finally invited her into my secret place and allowed her to witness the wonder that is found in these most holy moments.

The moment of a lifetime.

During this time, I noticed that ALL seemed to be so desperate for this moment. After months of lockdowns and government overreach, fear and manipulation, lies and unrest…we needed a selah. The selah that fans the flames of worship and passion within our hearts. It’s not lost on me that I took my Naomi Selah with me to experience this. How beautiful is our God?!

My hope for you today is this, that you will find whatever it is that stirs your spirit and causes your selah, and intentionally pursue it. Find it. Experience it!! Meet with God!! Find the open place where you know you will see heaven kiss earth, and your vision and purpose is restored within your heart, and just be there. We need it now, more than ever.

Prayer Moment: Oh God, fan the flames of my heart. Lord, never let the passion inside of me die. Thank You for meeting me last night. Thank You for giving us a selah. God, You are worth pursuing. I will always seek You out, as I know You are always seeking me too. You are my greatest joy and treasure. My life belongs to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24