Recently I have found myself a little jaded. It’s out of character for me, not who I really am. I don’t like the feeling.
Someone mentioned to me that I sounded disillusioned. I felt the rightness of that statement as soon as I heard it. I have been disillusioned.
I’m very careful with what I read and what I watch. Much I hear I feel is dishonest, so I don’t bother to listen. I feel truth is being withheld in so many areas. But it’s hard to be completely immune from the world if you are out there at all.
A homeless woman went door to door in our neighborhood a few days ago. It’s one thing to be approached as you enter a grocery store, but to have her walk down my driveway toward me as I got out of my car felt quite different. (The world is so full of so many in crisis.)
And driving … having to be aware of those around you because someone two lanes to your right might decide to turn left right in front of you. I just feel lawlessness is rampant.
But here is the thing. Yes, these things are going on. Yes, our nation and world are in crisis in many areas. But I had lost sight of my filter. I had taken my eyes off of what matters.
Last night as I looked out my den window into my backyard, I saw a sunset, a marvel of pinks and purples displaying itself in the midst of the clouds, in the midst of the darkness. And I know when the sun comes up, the cardinals and blue jays will appear, dancing around each other as they search for food.
This morning as I write this, I find myself thinking of the words of one of my favorite Christmas carols, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” particularly these two verses:
And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor does He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace in earth, good will to men.”
It’s true. He’s not asleep. Psalm 121:4 says He who watches over Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is aware of everything. There is nothing that escapes Him. He is still in charge. With those reminders, with my focus back on those truths, I can go forward in trust, confidence, and even joy to face this day.
Last year, as I spent time with the Lord, He began to impress me during my quiet time to write what I was seeing. The following is what He showed me…
“I see that something will occur, and people will be rocked by it. People will go through the stages of grief: shock, anger, and finally, true grief. I see that then the Body of Christ called to it will move in with hope. I see that many won’t be able to handle the emotions of it.
Many will know they were complicit in this, and it will destroy them. Some will find they were unknowingly complicit. Some just won’t be able to let go of what they thought. (Like the ones who chose to stay in Babylon). During the Great Depression, during Black Tuesday in 1929, many took their lives. Many lost hope. That was over finances only. This will be much bigger. Many will not be able to see hope, to find hope in such a huge betrayal. Yes, those who have been guilty of destroying this nation, of plotting to take over this world, will be put to death. Many have been already. But others who have not known will be overwhelmed and devastated by what they hear. PRAY for them and pray for their families.
More than you know or realize will come to light. More will be apparent than you can even imagine, and you know so much more than many. Hopelessness will be set free to move throughout people. Hopelessness will whisper and whisper. Shut it down. Say it will not be allowed to move freely. Shut its mouth. Address it directly. I will cover you in this.
My people will be a ray of hope in this devastation. Through My people, the light of Who I Am will shine … a single light in a very great darkness, but it will draw and draw and draw these to Me. Hope will arise in the midst of this.
Many have their foundation built on sand. They don’t have a rock to stand on when this storm comes. They will see everything they believed in and lived by snatched away in a moment, and it will be too much for many. The church has not provided the foundation of rock, My Rock, that it was charged to do. Some, on purpose, didn’t prepare their flock; others didn’t out of their own innocence, their own ignorance. They don’t even understand it fully themselves. Woe to those who didn’t teach them on purpose. Woe to those wolves in sheep’s clothing in my churches. It will not go well for them.
Pride, arrogance, and unwillingness to admit they were wrong will hold some back from making the change. PRAY for those. You have seen this in your own household. PRAY that they won’t be governed by this and resist what I am doing.
Soon and very soon, something will break. Soon and very soon, something will occur that people can’t ignore. Rather than a little here and a little there, the dam will break, and all will come out. The dominoes will fall.
When the flood comes, the media will not be able to repress the truth any longer. With some, I will change their heart so that they will report the truth. With others, I will literally overwhelm them so that the truth will flood over and around them for all to see.
This day, like the other, will come like a thief in the night. I won’t tell you when, but you feel it getting closer. You feel it could be any day, and you are right. I have given you instructions. Obey them. Pray them. Speak out against things as I show you. Pray for patience for people to wait a little bit longer. Just a little bit. It will happen, and it will happen soon.”
Written by Penny Jackson