God speaks to us in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is an impression. Sometimes it is words and at times it is a picture in our mind’s eye. Below are several images produced from mental pictures that arose during prayer or worship.
Dusty, a member of our church, saw a vision. God had His arms open wide. The dove rested on His shoulder and The Lamb stood at the foot of a cross. In the vision people came up by way of the lamb to climb the stairs up the cross and enter in. As they entered they changed from black to white. God had on a prayer shawl with the colors of the rainbow. The book in His hand is the Book of Life.
A man admires a crucifix in his hand. The question is “Why does he adore it?” Quite possibly it carries for him the connection of generations and family. It could be an heirloom from his grandparents or great grandparents.
Perhaps he is attracted by its financial value. As he holds the necklace he feels the weight of the metal. He can count and measure the jewels and calculate their market value. Dollars and cents spell out his interest.
Maybe he only looks at the ornament in terms of sparkle and design, a piece of art for the body. He may know that it is not real gold but only made to look good. The appearance is most important to him.
On a deeper level, perhaps what the cross represents draws him and causes him to pause. He contemplates the cross of Christ. He ponders the suffering that gives rise to our salvation, our only hope here on earth and afterwards.
The question remains. What is his treasure? An heirloom, an asset, attractive jewelry, a reminder of Christ. What we treasure is important. God says that where our treasure is there our heart is also.
“Wisdom of the Draft Horse”
In the book of Romans, Paul tells us hat God has given us different functions of prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy. For me the draft horse is the picture of the function of ministry or service. When I saw this horse, I was drawn to several characteristics that the animal exhibited. I would like to call it Wisdom of a Draft Horse.
The horse wears a harness. It is the means by which he can pull the weight. It is not just any harness. First of all it is the harness of his owner. Not just anyone can use this horse. Second the harness is adjusted and fitted particularly for him. What wisdom does that hold for the minister or servant of the Lord? Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Mat.11:28-30) We must not take on all the world would heap upon us. We need to have the harness or yoke of the Lord. He is not abusive. His harness fits us. It matches how we are made and what we can do.
The horse was patient. As he stood waiting for the wagon to be loaded and his master to give the command, he was at rest. He was not rearing up, chaffing at the harness, or agitated. He knew the right time would come but till then he was patient. In God’s kingdom, timing counts. We can get all flustered when things don’t happen immediately or we can follow the wisdom of the draft horse and rest our souls until called upon.
The horse was alert. He was at rest but he was listening for his masters voice and ready to respond. We too must listen for the voice of our Master who is our Heavenly Father. Jesus often said to let those who have ears hear.
This horse was a part of a team. Often we can accomplish the most when we are willing to work together with others.
The horse had blinders. These are not to blind the animal but to focus him so that he is not distracted from the purpose set before him by the master. Without focus we tend to wander off and not accomplish our true purpose.
The value of the draft horse and the servant both lies in their attachment or relation to the Lord. For the horse there are reigns. For the child of God there is the pulling of the “heart strings”. The Lord must reign in the servant’s life making him a true blessing in the Kingdom of heaven.
All in all, there is quite a lot to learn from the wisdom of the draft horse.
Just before the storms began, a pair of doves built a nest and started house keeping. At no time did they leave the nest uncovered or unprotected even in drenching rain, pelting hail, and blinding lightning. They stayed for the hope of life in the eggs.
True hope causes action. Hope usually has an element of waiting for the thing hoped for to manifest. Often the manifestation will not come, the eggs will not hatch, if we do not do that which is ours to do. If the bird does not sit on the nest, hope will not bear fruit.
Are there things in our lives that are in the realm of hoped for? Have we asked the Lord how the seeds of this hope should be planted or tended? Have we done our part? Do we need to build a nest or some kind of foundation in faith?
Viable eggs require a mate. Some things hoped for require some righteous relationship…. Are we lone rangers waiting for seeds that have no life?
Timing counts also. There are seasons for laying eggs and raising young. God knows the proper season for all things. He is our source of true hope, a hope that is active and alive. Kathy Hooper
“Under His Wings”
“He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.” Psalm 91:4
The vibrant colors of this silk painting represent the wing of the Lord as He protects us. This is one of a matched set of swing flags used while worshiping the Father and to thanking Him for His goodness.
The Year 2015 promises to be an intense year. It is a year in which we must choose to worship and follow the Lord regardless of the situation. In this year there may be whirlwinds of events about us but these will not be to our destruction. Instead they will unearth or reveal our true treasure. The treasure may have many forms such as proven character, the gaining of talents and gifts, provision, and God’s desire in us.
Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line[a] has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
“As a Single Rose”
As a single rose speaks of love,
He was a single rose given for us.
Yes, a perfect rose took our place
That we might live.
K. Hooper Nov. 2010
“Loosed” came as we prayed for our church to enter into the full purpose that God has for us. We pray that we escape the fruitless entertainment focus and rise up in the Lord and in His power. Dec. 2009
Passover in every way points to the Sacrifice Christ Jesus made on our behalf. Matza in particular is a picture and revelation of Christ. We pray that as people celebrate passover that Christ will be revealed to their hearts. March 2010
by Kathy Hooper
I awoke one morning with the clear image of a deer standing in a golden meadow with the forest behind. His head was up and his ear pricked.
What is this all about I asked the Lord. I was lead to the scriptures warning us to be alert for the enemy prowls about like a hungry lion. I recalled the scripture saying to resist the enemy and he would flee from you. This is a time and season to be alert.
Kathy Hooper June 2010