Consecration (Day 8): Realignment and Descent
In 1991, Voyager I snapped a photo of tiny tiny Earth (pale blue dot) from more than four billion miles away. Planet is the Greek word for "wanderer". In Genesis 4, Cain murdered Abel and became "a restless wanderer on the earth."
On the evening of October 27th, 2004 I prayed with a young woman and her pastor for three hours. Over the course of that time we prayed through three major issues in her life.
As we prayed, God would uproot something and replace it with the exact opposite Spirit - the darkness is as light to God (Ps. 139:12), and we must see to it that the light in us is not darkness (Luke 11:35). For example: Where there is lust we confess faithfulness because our intimate longings need realignment; where there is fear we acknowledge love because "perfect love casts out fear"; where there is pride we bow in humility to Jesus our example; where there is death we breathe life which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit; where there is chaos we wage peace - like the epic story of creation where the Spirit of God brooded over the nihil becoming. In this same way Jesus spoke peace over the childish chaos washing his frightened friends out of thier little boat...
Back to praying with the young woman: At 12:16 a.m. I finally spoke about a new alignment in her life. I looked out my drivers side window and pointed above the church saying, "You see those three stars standing perpendicular above the roof of the church." In the rear view mirror, I could see the young woman nodding. "Those," I continued, "are the three stars in the belt of Orion. God has just brought a new alignment into your life. He has uprooted three things out of you and placed three wonders into you. You should feel straighter and stronger now."
The three of us stepped out of the vehicle. I looked up at the moon and noticed a portion of it was red. I said something about the possibility of a forest fire or even volcanic ash...and then it hit me. And as I said it we all burst out laughing, "We just spent three hours praying through a lunar eclipse!? The sun, the earth, and the moon were all in total alignment!"
Coincidence? Not a chance.
There will be signs in the sun,
I keep my heart fixed on Christ. My ears are open to His Word. My mouth is full of His praise. My feet are willing to go anywhere in His name. My hands are outstretched to serve those He puts before me. In the valley of the shadow of death, my eyes may fail me, but He is with me. Shaddai's shadow is God's dark place of safety. His darkness out darks all other darkness. All other shadows will pass by soon. Shadows can't find me when I'm hidden beneath those wings in the shelter of the Most High's shadow. His blood has seen to that! And nothing can ever stand between humanity and their Creator for long. The night is nearly over; the Day is almost here (Rom 13:12). Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart!
May Shaddai send us into the darkest jungles and caves of Shaddai's world beaming limb from limb in that glorious person who is our armour of light.
But make sure that you don't get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can't afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don't loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ, and be up and about!
Since the Global Day of Prayer I have found four animal spines in the mountains of Canmore and on the island of Malta. I have picked up these connected and flexible bones and hiked along with them marvelling at the intricate nature of the nervous system of the body asking questions of our Father in heaven, the great global chiropractor.
Too many blindly trust others to be above them. Too many blindly expect others to be under them. Too many mistrust and dishonour and overexpect and misunderstand the other who is out of joint right next to them.... which ends up with nobody actually holding anyone else together, literally getting under the other and "understanding" them... like vertebrae.
Is it possible, that the alignment that is coming into the body of Christ is partially about the abolition of positional hierarchies of authority (every vertebra clamoring for who is going to be the one closest to the head) and more about the gravity and inertia of the coming King of glory who has all authority to bring all things down and out and up and into himself who is above all, in all and through all... moving bones around the valley floor himself, reassembling the spine and limbs of the army of heaven, putting hip sockets exactly where he wants them!
Our misunderstanding of spiritual authority stems from our lack of alignment to the three persons of God. The Son didn't identify himself as a ruler. He identified himself with the earthbound dusty mouthpiece servant of God in the Son of Man. He was the most refreshing teacher around yet he was marginalized and rejected and cast outside. He didn't sin because he had a "Son of God day pass"... He wouldn't break fellowship with the Holy Spirit. And he had to work to maintain that relationship just like everyone after him was called to. He got low, really low, below his own followers feet. His vertebrae were already out of joint by the time he fell on that vertical altar of wood.
Some believe the Father was somehow "detached" during the passion of his beloved Son. Did the Father turn his face away? Is that what any Father would do when he is witnessing his one and only son take his last breath? I imagine three heavenly heads and necks siezed and focussed on one another in the midst of that mutual agony. And this is the crux: God knowingly suffered and died! God was willingly crucified. The three persons of God prepared themselves well in advance to be crushed and broken and rejected and annihilated and descend further into their creation than they had ever descended together before.
You've heard me tell you, 'I'm going away, and I'm coming back.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I'm on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life.
I've told you this ahead of time, before it happens, so that when it does happen, the confirmation will deepen your belief in me. I'll not be talking with you much more like this because the chief of this godless world is about to attack. But don't worry—he has nothing on me, no claim on me. But so the world might know how thoroughly I love the Father, I am carrying out my Father's instructions right down to the last detail.
Get up. Let's go. It's time to leave here.