Today, I’d like to share a vision that the Lord gave our community a few years ago. It was Dineen who received it, and she shared it on the blog -- The original article is here.
I hope when you read the vision below it will encourage you! Here’s the description of what the Lord showed Dineen (in her words):
“I was half awake, half asleep (it's possible it was a vision...I honestly don't know). I stood before a tall crop—corn I believe. Jesus stood next to me.
He gestured to the crop and said, "This is the Great Harvest."
I said, "Lord, I can't see past this, can you show me more?"
Suddenly I was up higher and could see tall mountains in the far distance. The crop spanned all the way to the mountains!”
It’s a short vision, but sometimes God speaks volumes through few words. If we take the view that Dineen represents us – the SUMites – standing and looking at this, the following are some thoughts on this encouraging picture from the Lord:
We know from scripture that Jesus spoke symbolically in his parables. So here we can look at the different symbols and think about what they mean:
The tall corn in our immediate view.
The fact Jesus is next to us.
The words that Jesus says: "This is the great harvest".
The fact we say: "I can’t see past this!" And then the fact that he takes us to a higher perspective and shows us what's actually beyond.
Phew!! It's a rich picture.
What do the tall mountains in the distance represent, I wonder? I’m still mulling that over, as mountains can represent a number of things in scripture. That one I will be praying about, for I know that every symbol in a vision is relevant but sometimes we don't understand instantly. Perhaps you have an instant sense of what those mountains represent? If so, do share!
What I really believe Jesus is showing us in this vision is that this harvest -- What we’re stepping into next -- is huge!
And, there's usually some kind of call to respond that's included in a word (vision) like this. In this case, I believe what Jesus might be asking us to do is listen to these words of his: 'This is the great harvest', start to allow him to take our perspective higher, and be willing to look beyond the immediate issues of our family's salvation.
It is difficult to do that -- To see past the immediate crop of our spouse and family. But there is more beyond our SUM. And our time of labor is only the beginning.
This very week, in fact, God said this to me: "You are stepping out of this season." By that, I understood that I am going to be stepping out of this time where there's been a faith difference with my husband. This is something I have known for quite some time: That the SUM season is one stage in my faith life that opens up into something quite different. I don't know the timing (I know God is leisurely about such things!) but I receive it. Given Dineen's vision, I can't help but believe this is a wider word for our community.
I'll leave it there. What do you think of this? Do any initial thoughts come to mind from reading this vision? I hope it blessed you.
Have a lovely weekend, and we'll be back on Monday.