This morning the Lord reminded me of a vivid vision He gave me during a time of worship while I was living in China. Although it was a word given long ago, He said it was relevant for many people at this time.
In the vision I saw a very long, ornate dining table beautifully set in a large banqueting hall. On the table were the most incredible and delicious looking platters of food. Some of the food I could not even distinguish, I had never seen anything like it before. There were dishes and plates and bowls of food that covered the entire table, and I knew that Jesus had prepared each dish himself, especially for the guests.
There were people seated all around the the table, but they weren’t eating a thing. They were just sitting there looking at all the food with such regret and disappointment. I saw that they weren’t eating because their stomachs were SO FULL! The actual word that came to me was STUFFED! They really wanted to enjoy the feast, but because they had already ‘stuffed’ themselves with their own food, they could not enjoy a thing that was in front of them.
I could sense Jesus’ absolute desperation in wanting to share so much more with each person sitting there, so much more of Himself, but everyone was too full to receive all that He had for them. I could also sense His sadness that their own meal had satisfied them, knowing that what He had prepared was so much better.
Jesus is desperate for us to really ’empty’ ourselves and get back to a place of being hungry for Him and excited for all He has for us.
This ‘Lockdown’ time of ‘slowing down’, being stripped of all that keeps us busy and ‘full’, is a great opportunity to stop, rest, breathe, be…and grow hungry.
The other thing I heard today was Him saying, “A change of perspective” and then I saw Him flipping the words “Lock Down” around until it became “Freeing Up”!
I immediately understood that God wants His people to view this time of being ‘housebound’ as liberating, not restraining! This is not easy for many- I can totally understand (I have two small kids!)
The change of perspective comes in focusing not on what one can’t do anymore, but what one can do!
For some of you, aside from finally having time to take that bubble bath, do that hair mask, build that puzzle with your son, or have that family supper together at the table; there also may be time now to be like Mary, and sit at His feet, incline your ear, and really, really get to know Him.