How are things going? Sunday was the coldest day of 2022 in South Florida so far. Don’t laugh. It got to 36 degrees Fahrenheit, then climbed to a high of 59 degrees! Okay… laugh with me. I did cover my plants that night. We lost none except the bloom is off the mango! The great thing about trees is they usually come back in the spring, even in South Florida!
My new habit is to avoid electronics except for writing in the mornings. It is really does focus my day better on the Lord and my writing. I think I mentioned, I am reading the book of Isaiah. On Friday Isaiah 21:121 touched me. It is still on my mind:
Prophecies against Dumah (Edom)
The watchman said, “The morning comes, and also the night.
If you will inquire, inquire;
and return! Come back!”
I thought of how many of us are inquiring right now, and many are returning and coming back. Here in this scripture I see hope within the Lord’s judgment. With my God, I have a refuge under His feathers.2 And this verse got me talking to the Lord.
While washing the breakfast dishes, my soul sighed, thinking of God’s people who know of Him but do not know Him. Since I returned to the Lord over the last several years, I feel a deep connection to my Father, Jesus my Savior, and the Holy Spirit, my comforter.3 This personal journey with my Lord strengthens me and blesses me in a way that I cannot describe. I have no analogy that comes close to explaining it. All I know is I am blessed beyond measure.
I talked to the Lord, saying; “Lord Jesus, I want everyone to come back to You. I want all the people to return to you. I want this with all my heart. Help me gather Your People to You so they can know Your Blessings in a personal relationship with You.”
I felt so close to the Holy Spirit in that moment. It was like an arm of encouragement around my shoulders. The only thought that filtered through my mind was: There is a great harvest coming!4 The thought shook my soul. Like my mom shaking my shoulder. “Wake up! Today’s the day of the party! We need to get ready for your cousins! I need your help!”
Please pray with me,
Praise you Lord God of Hosts. You have provided the seeds and tender growth. Your harvest is coming for us to gather. Please call back those still on the fence. Give us the love, words, and actions needed to encourage them to return! come back! Since the laborers are few, send us help and strength so no soul is lost. Help us share You with others. We remember that You, Lord, go before us5 and You defend us when we are attacked and vilified. We are not dismayed. You are our refuge and our fortress.6 Glory to You My Lord! In Jesus’ name, amen. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, amen.
The call on my heart is “… and return! Come back!” We must continue the path he has given us. We are His laborers. We cannot give up because His harvest is great. Stay strong, remember we are not alone.7
1 Unless otherwise indicated, All scripture is from the New King James Version: Prophecy Study Bible New King James Version, Editor John C. Hagee © 1997 by Thomas Nelson, a registered trademark of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.
2 Psalm 91:3-5: 3 “Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day,”
3 John 14:26: “and the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and remind you of all things that I said to you.” [Young’s Literal Translation by Public Domain]
4 Luke 10:2: “Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
5 Deuteronomy 31:8: “And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”
6 Psalm 91:2: “I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
7 Hebrews 13:5-6: 5 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; and be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
[Emphasis added by me]