You Are Invited

Over the last three days, I have struggled with my emotions. I’m sad one moment and suddenly angry the next. Sadness is something that I experience every now and then, but anger is not an emotion that I am used to. I can tell you that there is an element of grieving involved, but there were other reasons too. I planned on blogging about that today, but then a conversation with a friend brought this post about instead.

I shared with my friend about my emotional struggles over the last three days. She too has experienced emotional struggles. Hers are due to the loss of a loved one, the loss of a child. She spoke of having to choose to press through each day. I too have sensed that need to choose to press through the emotions and it’s physical effects. As we spoke, a past experience came to mind. It was the memory of my grandfather’s passing.

To this day I clearly remember his funeral. At God’s instruction I sat next to my grandmother, held her hand and meditated on His peace, the peace that passes understanding. I had this sense of her and I being encased in a protected bubble, encased in a ‘bubble’ of His peace. About a week later when my grandmother came for a visit, she mentioned the sense of peace that she felt at the funeral, a sense of being in a bubble. She had felt it too.

It suddenly became clear to me that the choice we make each day isn’t to press through emotions or struggles, but to choose to enter that ‘bubble’ of His protection and peace, choose to enter His Presence and abide there.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him will I trust”…He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge… Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you… (Psalms 91, Amp)

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  (Proverbs, 18:10, KJV)

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, KJV)

…Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. (Song of Solomon 2:13-14, Amp)

…How often would I have gathered your children together as a mother fowl gathers her brood under her wings… (Matthew 23:37, Amp)

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings… (Malachi 4:2, KJV)

…I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:6, KJV)

Daily there is an invitation. Come away. Abide in Him. In that place we experience His healing, peace, restoration, and love, Then we have healing, peace, restoration and love to take to others. You are invited.

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD… (Psalm 27:4, KJV)

For those experiencing grief:

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… (Isaiah 53:4, KJV)

The Comforter (the Holy Spirit) wants to wrap His wings around you and bring comfort and healing. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

Under His Wings

A friend and I visited a few people in area hospitals today and during our visits she read this verse.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy. (Malachi 4:2; Amplified)

It stirred in me some things I previously taught in my Love and Healing class. I want to share some of the things I found concerning His wings!

He Who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge… (Psalm 91:1-4, Amplified)

When He is your God and has your trust, your respect, your obedience you will find a refuge under His wings and He will cover you.

This is what Jesus said to Jerusalem.

…how often I have desired and yearned to gather your children together [around me], as a hen [gathers] her young under her wings… (Luke 13:34, Amplified)

He desired and yearned to cover them and to protect them. But He goes on to say, “…but you would not.” It wasn’t that He didn’t want to gather, cover and protect them. It was that they did not receive Him as from the Father and in turn rejected Him. But there were some in His time that received Him as from the Father and trusted in Him. One of those people was the woman with the issue of blood.

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. (Matthew 9:20-21, KJV)

And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. (Luke 8:43-44, Amplified)

An interesting note concerning the prayer shawl that Jewish men wore, their prayer closet. The corners of the prayer shawl are often called ‘wings’.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings… (Malachi 4:2, KJV)

And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent around into all the surrounding country and brought to Him all who were sick And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. (Matthew 14:35-36, KJV)

Malachi 4:2 tells us that it was for those who fear His name. In the post from March 5, 2009 I discuss the fear of the Lord. It is really quite beautiful and I recommend you read Malachi 4:2 in light of the insight found in the post from March 5th.

I remember the Lord saying this to me once about a woman that passed away. “I was her Savior but never her Lord.” He said it with what almost sounded like sadness in His voice. Just as Jesus spoke to Jerusalem about wanting to gather, cover and protect her children.

Fear Him (have an awe, respect, reverence for Him). Obey His commands knowing that His commands were inspired by His love and His desire for your well-being. Let Him gather you to Himself and find protection and healing in His wings.

He Who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]… He will cover you with His pinions… under His wings shall you trust and find refuge… Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him… with long life will I satisfy him… (Psalm 91:1, 4, 14, 16; Amplified)