Over the past number of days I have been seeing in my spirit what looks like a scene from a movie or a prolonged vision. In this “scene” there is a family in their home. The husband is sitting in a room busying himself with the things he likes to do and the wife is in another room taking care of household duties. As time goes by I see them pass one another in a hallway but they do not connect or speak. The children are in their rooms doing the things that keep them occupied. When dinner has been prepared and the family comes together once again there is little interaction beyond asking for someone to “pass the potatoes”. As dinner finishes everyone helps clean but the only words exchanged are questions such as “Can you take out the trash?” Then everyone goes back to doing their own thing in separate rooms and the cycle of being together but divided continues.
Then a second scene plays through my mind. It is the same family but the children are now teens. I see the same patterns playing out of being together yet divided and the oldest daughter approaches her parents and says to them, “Dad and Mom, I see you each day but I can’t feel you. You are in the same home but I don’t see you connected to each other and that makes me feel divided. We live here but don’t love here.”
As these two scenes kept replaying in my mind I asked the Lord what He is wanting specifically to say through them. He answered me by taking me back to a vision that I had about a year ago of clock gears turning over lives, families and even churches, but they turned independently of each other. It kept individuals busy but they were just going around in circles (not going forward). Then God reached down and like a pieces of a puzzle coming together, these individual wheels were connected and it caused the “hands of time” to move forward. Forward motion began as unity and connectivity was restored.
God is reaching down even now to bring the divided parts together. As we yield to His hand and cooperate with His Spirit, He is highlighting relationships. Just as the family I saw lived in the same home but was divided relationally, we can allow our relationship with Jesus to become functional. We can lose “first love” and begin to move independent from the oneness and unity that God so desires. We can even go through the motions of what we think intimacy looks like, but lose our heart connection. God is inviting His bride back into the place of “flesh of my flesh,bone of my bone.”
He is not only reuniting intimacy and connectivity with Him but also with one another. He is highlighting couples, families, friendships, and fellowship. This work will be a partnership with His Spirit. Where the busyness of life has created divisions and independence from one another, God is calling His family to come back into intimacy and oneness of spirit. He is restoring first love between husbands and wives, healing the separation between fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers. He is pulling each of us like separate puzzle pieces and connecting us to create a picture that represents His Kingdom—which is a family.
It is like time has stood still due to disunity; like a wristwatch that has stopped ticking. As the interlocking wheels come together, time is reset and forward movement takes place. The Kingdom advances.
Recently I was with someone who I have been very close to relationally. While we were together everything appeared fine but I felt very disconnected from this person. Finally I stopped and said, “I can’t feel you. I don’t feel your spirit or the intimacy of heart with you.”
Then this person shared the struggle and warfare that they were going through and how it had created a disconnect in their heart; first with God and then with others. I felt that this was a picture of an assignment that the enemy had sent against many to bring divide Hs family.
Revelation 2:4 says,
But I have this [one charge to make] against you: that you have left (abandoned) the love that you had at first [you have deserted Me, your first love].
We must not allow familiarity to replace first love. We call out for the wind of the Spirit to blow upon the embers of intimacy and love, first with God and then with one another.
If we walk in God’s statutes and truths apart from intimacy and first love, then we begin to create rules and laws rather than partnership and true unity. We become that resounding gong because we don’t have love.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Today, invite the Spirit to rekindle first love. Ask Him to add love to all that you do and then watch the wheels come together to advance the Kingdom, and the puzzle pieces connect so that the world sees a family.
(Day 18 of 40: The Yielding)