Today is a guest post by……. -A-. a bit of a departure and maybe a good one. hopefully this will happen more often….
A couple of weeks ago I went to church feeling very disconnected spiritually. I could not quite understand the reason for this as I had recently been walking very closely with the Holy Spirit. Even so I joined a group of friends in prayer before the service started sitting quietly in agreement. While they were praying I met with a magnificent eagle in a vision, as he was flying I appeared on the one side of him looking directly into his eye. As I looked at him he noticed me, gently peering back into my spirit, what reflected from his eye was a golden glow of light.
Later that week I found out that eagles are the only creatures that can look directly into the sun, and in a spiritual context directly into the Glory of God. That I must admit sounded pretty awesome and if the eagle was seeing the Glory of God in me then I must be on the right track or so I thought.
Days past, as I woke up one morning and looked out my bedroom window like I do every morning as the view is quite spectacular from up the mountain where I live. This particular morning I saw an eagle soaring over the lower part of Somerset West, which after 4 years of living there I had never seen. He was huge with wings spread beautifully while gracefully mapping out the sky. Again I wondered… and prayed that night asking for scripture, the eagle was definitely significant and I had no idea what the Holy Spirit was trying to convey. As I opened my bible I was guided to John 12 where a few specific scriptures had caught my eye. Still I was unsure, the message was not clear to me at all. I ended up a day later in conversation with a friend discussing her dreams after which I mentioned the vision I had initially. “Strange” she said and mentioned that she had visited a lady during the week that collected stones. She specifically marveled at one, which was called a “Eagle Eye Agate”. Another confirmation… Now I was curious, but knew from my past to be patient and listen for the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit and not to try to come to any conclusion on my own.
For no reason one evening the following words popped into my head and repeated, “Obedience is key, obedience is key” When this happens I tend to make a quick note somewhere to remind myself as I’ve personally experienced repetition of a phrase as a clear communication to my spirit.
After all that I happened to listen to a sermon, the women testified how her mother had ministered to an old age home and had been guided by the spirit to read the word of God to an elderly lady who hadn’t been able to speak for months. Because she had been obedient and spoke the word of God into the spirit of this woman blessing her, she had regained her ability to talk after all that time.
Suddenly it struck home the Holy Spirit had clearly guided me a few weeks earlier specifically commanding me to do a something significant. I remembered after weeks that I had never obeyed his request. I was to go to my workplace early one morning before anyone arrived and speak the word of God into the offices, to anoint the place with oil and speak life & blessings. I was to be the light in a place of darkness and through obedience the Father would claim back what is his. The eagle looked deep inside my spirit straight into the son to remind me that it’s not me he sees but the one who sent me because he knows it’s not about me it’s about the Glory of God. The one I had so conveniently for my own selfish reasons chosen not to obey.
John 12:44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
All I was to do was walk in the light, a “child of light” and obey his command, but I totally missed it.
John 12:35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
I had faithfully been obedient up until the point that I wasn’t. Throughout the Bible, God likens Himself and His children to an eagle, and he protects feeds and teaches his children as an eagle protects feeds and teaches it young ones. The Father gently by his perfect nature went through all that to teach me to walk in his Kingdom light in his perfect will. We must obey his word, his guidance unconditionally without fail; remembering the following words of Jesus:
John 12:49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
“I know that his command leads to eternal life.”
When God leads us down a path and instructs us to do specific things, it is not just for his amusement. When we obey him we significantly contribute towards the lives of others creating a swell which ripples forward into the great divine Glory of God. It is for fruit, it is for love, it is for blessings, it is for eternal live of not just ourselves but of those around us. The truth is obedience is key, obedience is key…