Treasured Connections

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In a flash of green and gold, she suddenly appeared a foot beyond my car window and hovered there as if looking in at me with curiosity. I sat smiling at my little visitor, careful not to startle her with my movements. She stayed for a good twenty to thirty seconds before darting out of site. I mused that the visit seemed unusual since my parked car wasn’t near any flowers or foliage that would have attracted her notice. I concluded that my Daddy in heaven sent the humming bird to brighten my day since He knows how much I love encounters with birds and animals.

Then as quickly as he appeared, he ran back into the brush and was gone

This wasn’t the first time Daddy sent me an ambassador of His love and comfort in the form of an animal. In college I was struggling one weekend with some painful emotions that had me in such a state that for the only time in my life, I couldn’t even pray. I walked out into the redwoods on campus and sat on a stump in a clearing and ugly cried. Out of the brush bounded a huge german shepherd, running straight up to me and then laying his head in my lap. I’d never seen this furry friend before, but he stayed with his head in my lap until my crying subsided. Then as quickly as he appeared, he ran back into the brush and was gone.

He knows how to communicate with us in ways that we receive best so that our hearts and minds will embrace His loving thoughts and words for us. He may reveal things in dreams or in waking visions or speak to our inner ear. For some He even speaks audibly at times

These special moments orchestrated by God to tangibly show His loving care for me remind me that God delights in connecting with all His kids. He knows us better than we know ourselves, so He knows just what will catch our attention and move our hearts. He knows how to communicate with us in ways that we receive best so that our hearts and minds will embrace His loving thoughts and words for us. He may reveal things in dreams or in waking visions or speak to our inner ear. For some He even speaks audibly at times. He often highlights scripture verses as we read the Bible, making them jump out with new meaning. I believe He desires a direct two way connection that is always open between us and Him. He is speaking and revealing and reaching out to us every day, though we may not be hearing, seeing, or perceiving His attempts at communication.

I enjoy sharing with people about this side of God that they may have never considered.  They’ve heard the cliché that it’s a relationship, not a religion, but it often doesn’t cross their thinking that this relationship should be characterized by an active two way conversation. And why would it? You could attend a church for many years and end up relying on the church to be your means of connection with God. It’s where you worship and where you are taught the Word and where you fellowship with other believers. Most of our Western Churches in their current format create a culture of consumerism and dependence on clergy to create services and programs that engage and feed our relationship with God.  And when our leaders fall short or fail us in some way, we can suffer a sense that our relationship with God is tenuous or even disconnected.

As I pondered this, God spoke to me about His desire to connect with those whose connections are impaired

I had a vision during prayer about five years ago that drove this home for me. In the vision, I saw a multitude of babies in utero. Some of them were healthy and thriving and their umbilical cords were thick and dark. They were clearly well nourished from this connection with their moms. But many were languishing and under-developed and their umbilical cords were thin as threads. They were not being properly nourished because their connections with their moms were impaired. As I pondered this, God spoke to me about His desire to connect with those whose connections are impaired, and I recorded this in my journal entry:

July 5th, 2014   Dear Children, choose to re-connect. Don’t rely on someone else’s connection with me to be nourished. I want a direct connection with you. I want to speak directly to you and minister to you and nourish you. Seek out churches, ministries, and relationships that encourage you to make this direct connection. Let my Holy Spirit lead you in this and teach you.

A year ago I wrote an article called Places of Worship: Contending for Connection. I shared how I had struggled for the last few years to feel a connection in corporate worship that for many years had come so easily to me. It would be natural to think this was about not being able to find the right church where I could again feel that connection. But the truth is that God needed me to learn to stop relying on church services to create an atmosphere of intimacy. Nothing compares to those moments in corporate worship when the place is thick with the tangible presence of God. And we are blessed to see God powerfully at work meeting people and healing them in a prayer time at church. God loves to show off for His kids when we gather in His name. But I believe God wants us to discover our alone time with Him as the best of our intimacy with Him and for the most powerful of our encounters with Him to flow out of these times of one on one connection. This was the case for Jesus as He daily withdrew for hours to be alone with Daddy and Holy Spirit. And we get to pursue and contend for this same connection.

I often start my prayers with, “It’s me, Daddy. It’s your girl.”  I know that He knows it’s me, but this is my way of using terms of endearment that remind me of the intimate relationship I have with God. It’s humbling to realize that the Everlasting Father, Creator of heaven and earth, delights when His girl calls Him Daddy. What a treasure it is to know that Jesus washes my feet and invites me to daily communion. How precious to run into the embrace of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

So I repeat Daddy’s invitation to re-connect. Dear Child, He wants a direct, unimpaired connection with you! Run to Him; sit with Him; dance with Him; hear Him. Contend for a treasured connection with Him. He’s waiting for you in that quiet place. Meet Him there.

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