Friday, February 12, 2016

The Year of Leaping (Close to the Edge)

I looked forward to Christmas for weeks.  I said to April prior to the holiday, though there's serious illness among loved ones and Eli's in England and we remain in Anniston, I felt renewed in the season. Perhaps something was about to change.

I told April its no longer a matter of waiting for the open doors to be brought to us or for them to fall open.  The matter now is realizing momentum is in play, momentum in the sphere of the work of the Spirit and the voice of God.

I dreamed the week of Christmas of the date, "February 29, 1972."  It simply appeared embossed over a photo of a sunset as if it were a PowerPoint slide.  This year is a leap year so there's a February 29, 2016.  The difference in years is 44.  I googled the date in history.  Nothing popped up in significance or importance to me. In my search for a biblical meaning of 44, I found it to mean a chosen people.  Perhaps we have been chosen, and this is our season to emerge.

The number four symbolizes in scripture, to a limited degree, creation, earth, angels and Holy Spirit.  This is a portion of an inexhaustible list. On the fourth day of creation in Genesis, God created the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night.  We've heard this year in prophetic circles referred to as the year of light.  April had a significant dream in December of two moons in the sky simultaneously.  One fading and one rising quickly, shrinking, growing in brightness and then shooting off quickly.  This sounds like greater and lesser lights symbolizing pending changing. 

Clemson faced Alabama in the national championship game in college football in January.  It dawned on me New Year's Day this game pairs two schools from the two states in which we ministered as United Methodist pastors for over 20 years.  We started our careers as ordained ministers in South Carolina and, after serving in Alabama for 20 years, our callings shifted, and we turned in our orders.  This game, as a parabolic symbol, occurred in the leap year of 2016. Perhaps it symbolizes the decisive end of what ministry was for us.  Now, it'll ALL be different and unprecedented.

I was in the shower one morning last week.  Knowing this was a leap year, I wondered what day of the week February 29 was to be.  I figured out it was a Monday.  At that point, it dawned on me it was "Leap Year!"  It wasn't merely an occurrence revisited every four years.  No, it was "Leap Year."

 

This a leap year for us.  More accurately, its a year of leaping.

Last week, April dreamed many things. Among them, she dreamed of driving a blue car (car symbolizing ministry and blue symbolizing heaven and visitations).  Suddenly, a large white bird flew along side to her right and then to her left.  It then flew ahead of her and began to rise.  As it did, she began to lift off and ascend like the bird.

We appear to be positioned to lift off the ground to either ascend or fall into God's purposes.

This is leap year for you, as well.  What is your destiny in God this year?  As it appears in Psalm 95: 7 this Lenten season, O that today you would listen to his voice!
 
From the album referenced earlier, I continue to feel inspired these days as the Lord's voice continues to be heard, and as I read or listen to these words and images:
Close to the edge, down by the river
Down at the end, round by the corner
Seasons will pass you by
Now that it's all over and done
Called to the seed, right to the sun
Now that you find, now that you're whole
Seasons will pass you by
I get up, I get down

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