Watch and Pray 19th May 2020

Last night I had a dream that I was standing looking up to the sky praying. The sky was blue with fluffy white clouds. As I looked up I heard the words: “and the clouds rollback” and the clouds moved and a figure came forth. As I awoke I was left in awe.

Although no one knows when Jesus will return, I feel strongly that we must be alert – watching and praying. Attentive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings.

Although we may not see the coming of Jesus in our lifetime, His promises are true and one day it WILL happen. Let us do all we can to bring others to Jesus.

Glimpses of Glory

Let’s look at what other people have captured:

““I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, on the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. And to Him (the Messiah) was given dominion (supreme authority), Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and speakers of every language Should serve and worship Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14 (AMP)

“Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.” Ezekiel 1:28 (NKJV)

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” Matthew 24:30 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” Mark 13:26 (NKJV)

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27 (NKJV)

“Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” Revelation 1:7 (NKJV)

 It Is Well

I googled the words I’d heard in my dream and was directed to the hymn “It Is Well”, here’s the lyrics that stood out:

“Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.“1

I have always found the end times confronting, there is so much talk of famine and great wars and suffering and pain…..but my glimpse was filled with Jesus’ glory and in that moment all I felt was great excitement, all that mattered was Jesus!

The hymn, “It Is Well”, was written by Horatio Spafford, a man who had experienced great loss: he lost his 4 year old son to scarlet fever and his four daughters when their ship sank while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His wife survived the tragedy and sent a telegram asking, ‘what shall I do?’. Horatio rushed to be with his wife and when he passed the spot where his daughters had been lost to the sea words of comfort and hope filled his heart and mind, he  wrote them down and they became part of the hymn.2

What Jesus has done for us brings our hearts much comfort and hope, we need not fear the coming judgement day because we are promised that those who believe in Christ are free from condemnation (see Romans 8:1 but I encourage you to also read all of Romans 8).

Praise Jesus!

My glimpse into Jesus’ coming glory has instilled within me blessed assurance.

He is coming! Until He does let us sing His praises:

“Sing praises to God and to his name! Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds. His name is the Lord — rejoice in his presence!” Psalms 68:4 (NLT)

Lord I’ll watch!

Lord I’ll watch, with my eyes focused on You and my heart full of praise.

Lord I’ll pray!

Lord I’ll pray ‘let Your Kingdom come, let Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven’

until my last breath.

Lord I’ll love!

Lord with Your great love resounding in my spirit I’ll touch the lives of those around me.

Lord I’ll declare!

Lord I’ll declare Your grace, Your truth and the glory of Your coming.

Lord I’ll watch

Lord I’ll pray

Lord I’ll love

Lord I’ll declare

Now to God, the only wise One, let glorious endless praises resound through the ages, let us lift Him high through Jesus Christ be the glory forevermore! Amen. (Romans 16:27)

Many blessings, Keona

Here is a YouTube link to the beautiful hymn.

Notes:

Featured image from Pixabay

  1. I found the lyrics at Timeless Truths
  2. To read more on Horatio Spafford’s story go to The Tabernacle Choir.

A Southwest Adventure

it’s simply too amazing that I simply have to share! The above image, taken by my friend Elisa, conveys some of the excitement in my face, let me unpack the adventure for you…… It all began on the 28th of April, as hubby and I drove home for our family’s shack in the Central Highlands. I was reflecting on what a blessing it had been for us to have a getaway for a night just the 2 of us and thinking about how amazing Tassie is. As we drove through the mountains I began to pray into being able to see more of my amazing home state. Not long after I received a message from Elisa inviting me on an Par Avion Southwest day out on the 5th of May. I was extremely excited and cried happy tears.

Leading up to the day my excitement grew and grew. Then the day before our planned day, at 3pm, Elisa messaged me to say that because of the poor weather the trip would have to be delayed. I was hit with such deep disappointment. As I felt the despair growing, God reminded me of a prayer when I felt I was drowning in disappointment, on the 26th March 2018 I prayed: I’m trusting confidently in God’s greatness. My future is in His hands, so I trust in His perfect timing! Lord let Your favour shine on me, Your servant. In your unfailing love and lovingkindness guide each moment of my life! (Inspired by Psalm 31:14-16)

I was reminded that I’m trusting His perfect timing.

I let go of my disappointment and prayed.

Then the lyrics to one of my favourite songs, “It Is Well” by Bethel, started to play over and over in my head: “the waves and wind still know His name”. I was reminded that the weather still knows and responds to Jesus’ name. This is revealed In Mark 4 where Jesus and the disciples were in a fierce storm, Jesus is asleep and His disciples are terrified, so they woke Him saying “Teacher, do You not care that we are about to die?” (Mark 4:38 AMP) Jesus woke up and rebuked the storm, He commanded the seas to “Hush! Calm down! Be still!” All at once the wind stopped howling and the water became perfectly calm.” (Mark 4:39 TPT). It is also described that a great calm and a perfect peacefulness resulted (AMP)

As I thought about that I prayed that the day we flew it would be such amazing weather that even the pilot recognised it as a divinely appointed moment! Declaring that I was trusting my God and His greatness.

Well praise God because my friend and I had an amazing day and the weather was truly wonderful, we flew through a little rain but it didn’t rain on us when were there and even cleared up a bit before we left. The pilot’s comment was the weather had been “unbelievable”. Elisa and I laughed at that and said we’d been praying. We both embraced the day as such a blessing from God.

I just have to add that there were many times that being up in a small plane (it was a 4 seater in total if you really squeezed people in) left me feeling extremely vulnerable and a few times I felt a panic attack threatening. I had to keep praying and declaring: “I’m trusting confidently in God’s greatness.”. I felt that my life was completely and utterly in God’s hands and although I had declared that I didn’t believe my life would end that day it still felt scary at times.

SW adventure plane
Our little plane

This was us before we left, we were like kids on Christmas morning!

sw excited

When landed we did a little boat ride, it was a bit chilly so we were pleased we had packed our extra layers.

We then docked for lunch where we climbed a little hill. Here I am standing on that hill with Bathurst Harbour behind:

me on SW adventure

Elisa and I on top of the hill:

sw e and I

This was where we docked for lunch, we ate in the original homestead which was exciting. I think I’ll have to do a large print of this and hang it somewhere to remind me of this great adventure.

SW adventure looking out over Bathurst Harbour

There is a 7 day walk that starts near where we landed in the plane and ends at Cockle Creek, the furthest point south that you can drive by car. This is the inlet near Cockle Creek (I’m pretty sure).

SW adventure Cockle Creek

I was again really nervous on the way home but the sun bursting through the clouds brought a smile to my face and put a complete pause on my worry. As I gazed upon the sun breaking through I was able to reflect upon God’s great glory. My life was completely and utterly 100% in His hands and it was secure. What a blessing!

SW adventure sun breaking through clouds

On the way home we flew right over Iron Pot, I can see this lighthouse from my home so I was ‘jumping’ with excitement! Ok, I didn’t actually jump as that might have bumped the plane even more!

Sw adventure Iron Pot

I share my adventure with you as a word of encouragement also. I know that delay is frustrating and can be heartbreaking. I pray that you can let go of the disappointment of delay, lay it down and trust in God’s perfect timing. Allow God to unfold the right thing at just the perfect divine moment. I encourage you to declare: “I’m trusting confidently in God’s greatness. My future is in His hands, so I trust in His perfect timing!”

If you’re facing a fierce storm right now I want you to know today that Jesus is declaring over your storm: “Hush! Calm down! Be still!”.

I pray for the Holy Spirit to impart to you blessed assurance about God’s greatness. I pray that your entire being is filled with an assurance that floods you with great calm and perfect peacefulness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Many blessings, Keona