“The voice of my beloved! Behold, He comes leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills…My beloved spoke, and said to me: ‘Rise up my love and
come away…For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over & gone. The flowers appear on the earth. The time of singing has come…rise up, my love, and come away.’” –SOS 2:8-13
Wow, another Month has come and gone! Loretta & I are settled in our new house and already have a bunch of stories to tell as new house owners. First of all, we spent a couple mornings battling an infamous poison ivy vine in the back of our yard. Unfortunately I didn’t know it was poison ivy until after I ripped it off the back of our fence. The good news is that Loretta didn’t get it and the reaction that I got was pretty minor. The vine is dead & gone now, thanks to a friend who helped us tear it out with his SUV. The root was as thick as my thigh! Besides a few other small surprises that need to be fixed, the house is pretty low maintenance. We’ve already had a few people over and love being able to use the house to bless others.
As the house stuff was settling down last week, the Lord spoke a timely word through Mike Bickle to the IHOP-KC family. It was based on the second chapter of Song of Solomon. The chapter shows Jesus leaping on the mountains and hills of difficulty, calling His bride to join Him. But the bride is hesitant to go. She still hasn’t learned that the safest place is with Jesus. And she still thinks its winter. As Mike read the chapter and talked about it, the things we’ve been feeling lately started making sense.
We’ve been feeling a need to step out of our comfort zone and pursue old dreams in our hearts. We hadn’t put our finger on what that would look like but when Mike gave this message it started getting clear. I don’t think it’s just a word for us either. I think it’s a word for the entire Bride of Christ in this season. He’s calling us to leave our comfort zone and to scale new heights with Him. He’s calling us to pursue the old dreams in our heart. We’re so used to the winter seasons of death that we’ve forgotten what spring is like. We’ve started to believe that’s it’s always going to be winter. But it’s not true, If we step out in faith it’s not going to be like the “last time”. He will protect us. He will fight for us. A harvest season is coming. All we need to do is trust Him & obey.
For us, that means actively pursuing some of the dreams He’s put in our heart. Loretta would like to start voice lessons again to grow in singing. She’d also like to start learning massage therapy to bless other IHOPKC missionaries with low prices on massages. I’d like to take a couple music courses offered at the International House of Prayer University to grow in worship leading. I’d also like to start visiting local churches in our area to help strengthen their vision for prayer. We feel like these things (along with other dreams) will be the next steps to stepping out of our comfort zone.
We’re also trying to branch out more with our house group as well by reaching out to the homeless this spring. Everyone in our group will be buying various items to put in bags for homeless people who beg on the streets. Water, a toothbrush, unperishable food, new socks, & other items will be put in a bag with a gospel book and then given to homeless people when we see them. Instead of awkwardly sitting in the car not knowing whether to give or not to, we’ll offer them a care bag that has the potential to reveal the love of Jesus. God is on the move! Let’s not miss the signs of the coming season.