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Downpours, Obstacles, and Eternally Renewed

Recently two of our sons were blessed to go on tour as the drummer and guitarist for Bucky Covington (American Idol Season 5) to Japan for a country music festival, as well as playing for Tony Booth and Kristen Kelly. They then traveled on to Korea with Stars for Stripes as entertainment for American troops on each of the South Korean military bases. What an opportunity and experience of a life time! The details and memories of the trip are for our sons to share, but truly an honor to say the least. We are abundantly blessed and proud to call these two amazing young, godly men our sons.

Our middle son drove himself to Nashville at the onset of the trip in order to fly out with his brother and the other band members. I figured after embarking on a solo 14-1/2 hour road trip, two 15 hour overseas flights, in conjunction with several smaller flights, bus rides, and two weeks in a different time zone, that he would truly appreciate a second driver on his return trip to Minnesota. Therefore, I flew down to Nashville to see our oldest son and his wife for a day, and to be a road trip traveling companion.

My son and I were both looking forward to the return trip being completed, while anticipating many stories of the Asian tour facilitating the miles passing quickly. Unbeknownst to us, our traveling would include torrential rain for 14 of the 14-1/2 hours of the entire trip! From Nashville, TN, to Clear Lake, MN, an intense deluge did not remotely let up, with the exception of a short, 30 minute stretch midway. Through construction zone after construction zone, with multitudes of semi trucks in both lanes, spraying such heavy, misty gusts onto our windshield, that much of the day and evening we intensely endeavored through extremely poor visibility. Additionally, a conversation about Asian animals that included deer, preempted a near miss of a huge buck in the midst of the darkness and rain-drenched visibility, via a sudden swerving. To conclude the journey, with only ten miles of the trip remaining, a lengthy, slow moving train ‘happened’ across the path as we approached the crossing, stopping completely on the tracks right in front of us and forcing us to turn around, backtracking toward another road with additional miles and hope for a clear crossing on the final stretch home.

Needless to say, we were both exhausted as it neared midnight pulling into the driveway, yet extremely thankful for having arrived safely after our treacherous and lengthy trip. The intensity and details of our journey spoke significantly to me upon waking this morning. They closely resemble what we, as a family, and as many individuals, families, and nations, have been navigating. I was led by Holy Spirit to look up specifics in my A to Z Dream Symbology Dictionary by Dr. Barbie Breathitt.

Raining: refreshing, cleansing. God’s Word or Spirit being poured out to bring forth life and fruitfulness; the manifestation of the Holy Spirit; trial or disillusionment; it is ‘raining on your parade.’ To see and hear rain falling symbolizes the presence of God: “The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God.” Ps. 68:8. Abundant blessings, His Word, forgiveness and grace. God’s blessings being poured out; God’s Spirit and Word outpoured; revival, signs of refreshing; growth. Falling rain is a metaphor for crying tears, or sadness. Rain symbolizes a preparation for revival, judgement, fertility or fruitfulness and renewal. If you are rained on it indicates receiving spiritual teaching, cleansing from your troubles and the washing away of your problems. To hear: represents a spiritual downpour of ideas coming to fruition in your mind. To watch: means you will soon discover a new fortune in love and spiritual ideas because heavy insights are being brought to your knowledge.”

We literally drove through non-stop, downpouring rain (not mist, not drizzle, nor gentle rain, but a continuous downpour) from Tennessee to Minnesota, covering south to north and early a.m. to late p.m.. I believe Breathitt’s definitions have important applications in this hour and season we have crossed into. What my son and I encountered absolutely aligns with recent and numerous prophetic releases that encourage hope and perseverance on behalf of all who are seeking first His Kingdom and His righteousness. At this juncture in His Story, we are in need of cleansing, refreshing, and renewing from all we have navigated up to NOW – a washing away of the generational, religious, cultural, and demonic strongholds. We are additionally in need of a spiritual awakening of supernatural wisdom and discernment pertaining to our true identity and purpose as eternal sons, chosen and called to release the Kingdom of Heaven in this NOW season we have been given to walk the Earth.

Semi truck: being used or taken advantage of; pulling too much or bearing more than one’s own weight or responsibility; overloaded with fear; worry, or anxiety; the size indicates largeness, power, or great capacity of blessing, being overcome by increase or judgement; 18-wheeler; bringing a large, partial shipment of blessing or judgment.”

My son and I were forced to slow down over and over again throughout our trip, as semi after semi pulled over into the passing lane, dramatically decreasing both our speed and our visibility. Isn’t this a perfect picture of the offense, rejection, fears, worries, and anxieties we shoulder in life’s circumstances when we forget or choose not to cast them all on Him (1 Peter 5:7 (AMP), “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”)? Trials and tribulations of all shapes and sizes literally and continually manifest to slow us down and block our ability to see clearly on the path ahead. However, when we choose to give it all to Holy Spirit, choosing to overcome that which is coming against us by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony, we can trust our Heavenly Father to guide us safely into all Truth – safely to His destination for each of us – while manifesting His goodness and blessings all along the path.

Romans 8:28 (AMP), “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”

Philippians 1:6 (AMP), “I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].”

2 Cor. 5:7 (AMP), “for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]—“

Hebrew 11:1 (AMP), “Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].”

Construction: signifies a new surge of energy; development, aspiration and renewed assurance; a rebuilding of your own life and self-confidence; work on a new aspect of your mind, body or spirit.”

Wow! Doesn’t this analogy perfectly describe the season the sons of the King of kings and Lord of lords have been navigating? Construction zones come with all kinds of warnings, hazards, delays, and detours, yet the end result is generally new and improved travel on behalf of all. Holy Spirit has been at work awakening the construction of the nature of our Heavenly Father and the nature of the Son within us as His sons – body, mind, soul, and spirit; testing, refining, and purifying within the depths of our very being, our security, intimacy, and identity in Christ. These attributes are absolutely required for our Kingdom purpose of releasing His glory on behalf of others on the path being forged ahead in this new season.

1 Peter 1:7, “so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Buck: a full rack of antlers represents wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome; robust, high spirited man; resist obstinately; taking responsibility and exercising authority; ‘buck up’ to be tough and resolute in a situation; lowest rank in the military.”

I found this particular obstacle interesting, especially since Holy Spirit prepared us in advance to avoid hitting the buck by alerting us in conversation just prior to its appearance on the highway. I believe since He empowered us to be alerted to observe and avoid the buck, as opposed to hitting it (Note: there were numerous mangled deer and other critters all along the roadsides of our trip). Wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome was the precise revelation we were to glean from this encounter, as well as encouragement to take responsibility and exercise our authority as sons in Holy Spirit leading in the suddenlies on the course. I know our family is facing very specific circumstances where we are being led to be tough and resolute, completely yielded to His leading for the wisdom, skill, anointing, and ability to overcome.

Blocked railroad tracks: represent obstacles trying to resist your progress or you have lost track of your vision. Railroad track obstacles: goals will not be easily obtained, stay focused and persevere.”

This particular obstacle was the most aggravating piece of our journey, since much of the day had involved extremely intense driving, arriving at the final ten mile stretch of the trip, only to have the track lights/bar go down precisely as we approached, with a lengthy, extremely slow moving train coming to a complete stop in front of us. We were already tired, uncomfortable, and slightly edgy before being forced to turn around, back track, and travel another road, causing our lengthy trip to become even lengthier, all the while remaining hopeful that the next train intersection would not be closed. Fortunately, the train had remained stopped at the previous crossing when we arrived at the next intersection, and we were able to continue on for the final few miles of our trip.

I would venture to guess there have been an excessive number of obstacles ‘suddenly appearing’ to block the promises and forward leading of Holy Spirit in this hour for many. There certainly has been for our family. I do believe this specific occurrence has literal meaning on behalf of all Believers in this hour, in that we are not to lose our vision in the midst of the resistance, but rather to remain focused and persevering, irregardless of the obstacles along the way. Twice in the past week I have seen the words, “Don’t you dare give up!” In our fast-food, over-scheduled society, the semi trucks that slow us down and hinder our visibility, and the trains that obstruct our path, even though only temporary, are by far the most difficult aspects of our spiritual testing and training as sons, especially when we feel as though we have already endured far beyond what we ever thought we could, reminding our Father of His promises (1 Corinthians 10:13 (AMP), “No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].”).

Our Father, in His magnificent wisdom, does not operate in time, nor does He wrestle with visibility or obstacles. He sees it all perfected in His Son and is at work turning it all to blessings on our behalf. It’s our position – our joy – to trust Him alone in these times – trusting wholeheartedly in His love, His goodness, His faithfulness, and His plans and purposes. He is at work on our behalf and He will accomplish what He said He would do, if we only believe – not that He can do what we’re believing for, but that He WILL DO what He said via Holy Spirit that we are to believe Him to do. His ability or intent are never the issue, but rather, our belief and trust in who He is. Period.

Railroad train: indicates training or the different journeys of people we are connect to in life.”

This piece is perhaps the most profound of all. The training of our past season has been purposefully about the individual people Holy Spirit will bring along our path in this life all along the road ahead. In a me, myself, and I centered society, this is far more difficult than the semis or the blocked railroad crossings. I recently read a quote on Facebook that I know is one of the most important revelations we must possess of the Kingdom as sons in this hour. It reads: “How we walk with the broken speaks louder than how we sit with the great.” Everything concerning our trip from Tennessee to Minnesota – our journey from the moment of our salvation – the pouring rain, the multitude of semis blocking the path, the lack of visibility from the spray on the windshield, the road construction, the buck, and the blocked railroad crossing/stopped train – has been about the needs of others; about us being transformed from orphans to sons, from broken to whole, and from doing to BEing, on behalf of every single individual ahead on our path encountering Holy Spirit through us for the exact same testimony.

Mark 2:19 (AMP), “Those who are healthy have no need of a physician, but [only] those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners [who recognize their sin and humbly seek forgiveness].”

Luke 4:18-19 (AMP), “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].”

Everything about Jesus’ journey on the Earth and for all eternity, and everything about our journey on this Earth and for all eternity is about encountering the love of our Father and being Good News on behalf of the poor, the captive, the sick, the lonely, the abused, the persecuted, the orphaned, the imprisoned, the helpless, and the oppressed. If we don’t intimately KNOW the love of our Heavenly Father through the love of His son for ourselves, we are unable to fulfill our only purpose for being on Earth for such a time as this: to know Him and His goodness so completely and tangibly that He will be known to others in and through us. The intensity of our training washes away everything that hinders that purpose, transforming us into His likeness within – body, mind, soul and spirit.

People don’t need religion. People need love…the kind of unconditional love that only comes from Jesus Christ living His life through His sons on the Earth as it is in Heaven. People need relationship…the kind of relationship that encourages, edifies, and comforts others…the kind of relationship that abounds in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The former wineskin of much of the church has sorely missed these foundational truths. It’s time to put off the old wineskin and put on the new…the new that already WAS from the moment of our salvation, awaiting our awakening to it. The Church being advanced on the Earth – the one the gates of hell will not prevail against – will not shoot their own wounded by rejecting, offending, judging, and condemning, but rather BE as He has already made us to BE – one in our Father, one in the Son, our King and Lord, one with Holy Spirit, who guides us into all Truth, and one with one another, possessing a revelation of the Kingdom of love within (Daniel 7:22). The Kingdom of Heaven manifests love through choosing blessing over cursing, and through choosing life over death in thought, word, and deed. His Story is for all the world will see, hear, and know the Truth – the Good News – that alone sets all mankind absolutely free.

John 17:23 (AMP), “I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.”

Matthew 9:17, “Nor is new wine put into old [a]wineskins [that have lost their elasticity]; otherwise the wineskins burst, and the [fermenting] wine spills and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, so both are preserved.”

Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”

John 8:36 (AMP), “So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.”

Philippians 2:10-11 (AMP), “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Thank You, Father, for bringing us safely through this juncture in His Story, as well as safety in every endeavor on every path ahead. Thank You, Father, for the new thing NOW set before us, and that all of the past has been thoroughly and completely washed away – left behind – refreshed, and renewed because of the sacrifice of Christ on behalf of all mankind. Thank You, Father, for Holy Spirit making us aware of the roads in the wilderness and the rivers in the desert in this NOW time. Thank You, Father, for ordering our steps, and for making the crooked paths straight. Thank You, Father, for Your glory as Your sons shining in us, on us, and through us. Thank You, Jesus, that as You purposefully and sacrificially demonstrated Your love on our behalf, that our journey as Your sons has also been on behalf of Your love for others through us – on behalf of the generations that have and are preparing the way for Your Kingdom rule and reign on Earth as it is in Heaven. It is for Your glory alone we travel this life!

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