“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The wild beasts will honour me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I give water in the wilderness, rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people,” Is 43:18-20 (ESV)
God, as way of revealing his heart, has shown me many things through pictures/visions. They often help me understand who he is and his plan/purpose. They can also provide insight into the world around me and my own life. Lately I been having a repeated picture of a pool with a river flowing from it. Combined with this pictured I have also felt this great thirst and I tasted/smelt a sweetness that reminded me of God. This is not the first time I have seen this image. The last time I saw it was when I was in the early stages of counselling. The experience was unlike anything that I had before. At the time I didn’t really know God well. I knew of him, but not intimately. Nor had I ever really experienced healing like I did after that session.
In the counselling room, Jesus showed me the same large pool of water that had a river flowing from it. The only difference between the recent picture and what I experienced many years ago, is the later was more like a vision. In the Spirit I was standing right next to this pool. I remember the sound of the water. It was like a beautiful relaxing song. The melody was just amazing, really hard to describe. I was drawn to it, however, despite it’s beauty I was afraid and I dared not enter.
Jesus, noticing my fear, asked me to walk into the water. At first I was very hesitant to do what he asked, until I saw him. He was so gentle and safe. There was something about seeing him that gave me confidence to enter the pool. When I did, the water overwhelmed me so I was totally immersed. At first fear gripped me fearing death, however, the water didn’t follow the rules of this world. My fear was totally unfounded. There was no way I could drown. Despite being totally immersed in the water, I did not lose my ability to breathe. Instead of the water taking life away, it gave life to me. The water was healing. As I moved in it’s depths I felt a weightlessness, peace, life, awe, sweetness, an end of thirst, satisfaction, an absence of fear and so much more. It was as if I had walked into true freedom from sin, shame, pain etc. In this water was true life; a lack of emptiness, an abundance of everything I truly needed. I had walked into his living water ie the living water that flows directly from God’s heart to his children.
This moment in God’s living water was a crossing over moment for me. A juncture where I went from being stuck in state of absolute brokenness and hopelessness, to journeying into healing and a fuller life in God. No I wasn’t instantly healed, but from this point in time Holy Spirit Living Water started to flow into my barren, shattered soul. It stripped through my shame, addictions, lies, deception, childhood hurts and my religious arrogance. His loving waters penetrated deep into my soul until all that was left was my deep vulnerable need of him and his true love for me. My choice to walk in his pool was my first step towards meeting the Heavenly Father face to face – actually seeing him with my own spiritual eyes and discovering the truth of who he is. God was no longer someone spoken of from the pulpit, nor read about in a bible, or misconstrued by my hurt and anger. God became real to me. What always blows me away about this time is God’s love and pursuit of me. For some reason he was interested in me and thought I was worth saving. Believe me it was not of my doing, I did nothing to deserve this it.
I don’t think that it was a coincidence that the recent picture I had reminded me of that vision I had so many years ago. It symbolised a crossing over from the old to the new. We today are at that same crossing over moment. God today is speaking to many of us about a river flowing through a barren land. Where that barren land becomes so fruitful that other living beings abide in the land and drink from it’s waters. In the midst of our current chaos, where things are beyond our control and our need of him is so great, God is doing a new thing. In the recent picture, I felt a thirst for water and smelt/tasted a beautiful fragrance that reminded me of him. I believe that the thirst I experienced was God revealing our deep need for his living water. The sweet scent I tasted indicated God’s abiding presence. That he is with us right now. He hasn’t abandoned us.
God is restoring the spiritual desert/barren souls. I believe, just like he did all of those years ago for me, God is inviting us into his waters. He has made a way in the wilderness for us to come to him. He is bringing a fresh revelation of his son Jesus and through his Spirit bringing his rivers to those that dare to look to him. He is asking us to cross over from the former things and plunge into the depth of his abundant life. To abandon what we know, so we can discover the new he has to offer us. He is inviting us to know him in a new way; greater intimacy than we have ever known. This promise is not just for you or myself, but for the nations. Those, who like us, are desperate for the revelation of God’s love and healing. God’s restoration water isn’t just for you and I, no his healing waters are for the many. His river flows with such abundance that there will be overflow. A great healing. In this, God will be honoured, and through the revelation of his glory many will see the hand of God’s salvation, Jesus.
As scary as it might be to plunge into the Heavenly waters of the unknown. I have to believe that it is worth it. The same gentle, trustworthy Jesus that called me into his waters many years ago, is calling us today.