So, Happy New Year! A new year has begun. 2018 is here.
Reviewing the past few years, “joy” always seems to be the word going forward. “Find joy”, “Hold on to joy”… So, honestly, I thought it would be “an abundance of joy”. Yes, of course, I want that for you, but the themes I’ve been given seem to be about “hope”.
A few months back, I heard “collision of visions” in my spirit clear as day. I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded kind of cool. Up until that point, I would just see or hear words like “cardinal”, “arrows”, “butterfly”… I thought, “Okay, but what does it mean?”
It seemed like I was always waiting for an answer, or that maybe… I wasn’t bright enough to figure it out. I eventually just made lists of the words and trusted He would tell me in His time. Once I heard that phrase, the pieces started falling into place. The first thing I noticed was that the prophetic words of others started to become more uniform. The next was that as these seemingly disjointed words of mine collided, they were actually forming a more complete picture. Fascinatingly enough, they are layered. So each time I come back, it has a deeper meaning as new combinations of lists collide and add a different context. And, as I discuss these ideas with others He’s seen fit to cross my path, I see how they work in a much larger scale.
Amongst the prophetic, many, like I, have been given “re” words: revival, restoration, reconciliation, etc. and they all, in their own way, talk about hope or hopeful expectation. I have been given quite a few, as well. Two that have shown up repeatedly at this time of the year are “reformation” and “reset”. It’s winter. We have Christmas and New Year’s in the same month. Both cause us to look back and reflect. What didn’t go so well that I hope gets better? What could I have done better that I can work on going forward? What do I want and need as I advance?
So, let’s like at these. “Reformation” – you are probably looking at this in the Martin Luther sense “to reform” or “to make changes”. And, while it does play into it (the Lord is very punny; totally look into what Martin Luther did with his list. It was yet another time nail driven into wood shook up our world. Catch that), when I saw “reformation” I saw this: Re-formation. As in, realignment. As in this:
Yep, I know this is an obvious sight this time of year. And, during this time of reflection, it SHOULD be an obvious call in our spirits to realign and get into the Lord’s formation – especially because He is doing something new. (Isaiah 43:19). It’s a regular prayer of mine for fresh revelation, wisdom and discernment because I want to move with Him. What’s going on in Hollywood (and the like) is a hint of what’s to come. Those in positions of power who have abused and oppressed are being moved out of position making way for the new (“to change/reform”). And, like this image shows, “collision” in the phrase given to me is harkening to unity. Those geese are actually working together. They fly in such a way as to conserve energy and they take turns being the lead. They can keep track of each other on their path to their destination. If one falls ill, two or more stay behind to protect it. Sometimes, a goose just ain’t a goose, folks. 😉 He’s intentional like that.
Which brings me to “reset”. I’m not going to bother to define that. We know what that means. Each new year, new day and new minute is always an opportunity to start over. It’s a blank canvas. That’s why I LOVE snow. For that short time before the plows come out or people come out to play, it is lovely, clean and quiet. All seems right with the world and I feel peace. In a couple of instances in the bible snow is used to illustrate the reset I’m seeing: those coming to Christ and one close to my heart – the return of the prodigals.
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:6-7)
“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
So, these “re” words say to me, “Unify with the Lord’s Will and be willing to move to the front and lead or fall back as needed for the good of the Kingdom – and don’t forget the lost, fallen or backslidden.” After all, Someone remembered you and never left you behind.
In this unity, in these “re” words of mine and others, I see hope. Hope for something better, greater and bigger than we can imagine. Hope that will make our souls sing as prayers are answered and heart’s desires are fulfilled. Hope that will make the battle worth it. Hope that will shine out and draw others near. Our God does God-sized stuff. So when He wants us to hope, something mind-blowing is coming. When “hope” is a word for the year, it’s not going to be run-of-the-mill New Year positivity that will fizzle out before the end of the ymonth with recycled resolutions. No, it’s going to be purposeful, impactful and significant.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
So, get ready.