The Lord has been speaking to me for some time about this issue, guiding me slowly and gently, showing me His ways. Isn’t He wonderful! But true to (human) form, I heard what He said, applied it for a few days, but then life’s demands and to-do lists and pressures again came partially in the way to me doing what He told me to do. Are we not like that? We KNOW what the solution is, what the right thing to do is, but somehow we manage to drift away from that when the storms hit especially. When the solution is 100% in what God told you to do in the first place! And then we still turn around and want to blame God when things don’t work out according to OUR plans. I guess this is maybe just me. 🙂 So the Lord in His mercy gave me a dream last night that was so vivid, so clear and I could remember every detail afterwards. Below is the dream, and also the scriptures and the explanation the Lord gave me about it.
Lord, I want to pray for the spirit of Wisdom and Understanding to completely cover every person reading this text, so they can hear you clearly, and act upon your Word, so that they can bear much fruit. Father I know it is your Heart for every person on this earth to have an intimate relationship with You, to such an extend that you can give them their clear roadmap for their life in a plain and easy to understand way. Thank you for your Love and Wisdom and Mercy on us. Please open our minds to your Truth that it will be clear as day.
Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
They see the works of the LORD,
And His wonders in the deep.
For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
And are at their wits’ end.
Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
Dream on 10 March 2019:
In the dream me and an unknown companion was going out in a boat in a historic looking cove (there were rock cliffs all around, with ornate, muslim-looking sort of dwelling places carved out of the rock, people staying right on the water’s edge) The water was stormy, and we fell out of the boat, and it drifted away while we were splashing around and clinging to this huge rock that appeared in the sea before us. Everything was very dark and misty, and the cove looked like the rock face was going right around us, with a small exit to open sea in the top right corner only, which was very treacherous as the sea was so stormy.
As we are clinging to this rock for dear life swallowing water and nearly drowning, dawn started breaking and a man came walking towards us in the sea with a concerned face, he had a turban on his head, and was one of the local villagers, coming to inquire what was wrong. When he came to us, he showed us, and the mist had lifted in the meantime. What we thought was rock face all around was actually all open sea but with these white marble looking pillars holding up the rock face above, we could see through it and there were many lighthouses just on the other side of the pillars, at varying distances made of the same white marble like rock, their lights were all shining.
The part of the sea where we were in was only waist high for several meters. We were literally drowning in waist high water. The man took us back to his home where all his relatives were puzzled and laughing at us, because we acted in such a silly manner. The entire scene was now basking in the most beautiful light, a peach-coloured glow that was stretching to silver-white on the horizon, the water was now calm and still.
He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. Matthew 8:26
“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:6-8
When I woke up, the Lord told me in my spirit this about the dream:
This is the same as life, we can only see partially, and we do not know the waters and the route like the locals do, so we are literally splashing around in the dark. These huge mountains appear before us, and we feel like we are drowning and cannot go on. But if we trust in the Lord, he has a complete view from the top. He knows the path better than the locals, as He has an aerial view. He knows where every rock and every lighthouse is, because He has created them.
Going through our day without asking the Lord in the morning what the day holds, and asking Him to guide us and show us every step before we go, will result in us splashing around in the shallow water. If we surrender and submit our day to Jesus, he will show us every step to take, and give us an advantage, even over the locals. The key is intimacy with the Lord every morning before we start our day. Jesus prayed for hours at night, where He spent time with His Father, receiving from the Father His roadmap for the next day. If Jesus needed to do it, how much more do we need to do it to get through our day successfully?
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. John 5:19
The Spirit also revealed to me that we cannot attempt life without a roadmap. It is like leaving home in your car without a destination in mind, AND without a roadmap of the area or route we need to go. We will drive around aimlessly, stopping at everything that looks remotely interesting or that draws our attention, being distracted by fellow road users, following some of them around. Sounds silly, but is that not how most of us do life (me included)? I need to ask the Holy Spirit to give me my roadmap for the day every morning. Important: this should not be MY plans or MY roadmap, but the one the Lord gives to me. This is the perfect plan for my life. All provision and victory over my challenges are on this path.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks received, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him. And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Received that same morning an email from loopforwomen.com
Do You Wonder about the Plan?
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
I know you want to see what’s ahead. I know it is difficult to not know, to not know what is around the corner. I know you wonder if I have a plan.
My son / daughter, how could I not have a plan for this world? How could I not have a plan for you? Do you wonder now, what does it mean for Me to have a plan? Does it mean Me knowing all the details of a moment in the future? Does it mean Me having designs stretched out for what’s ahead, a purpose considered, an arrangement in place?
What if I told you the plan I have for you is not for you to worry about? What if I told you there is only a small part you can understand of all the things I know and the things I want you to know and the things you just don’t need to be concerned with?
Here is my plan: I have good for you. It is my desire that you know Me, that you love Me, that you follow Me, that you serve Me. It is my plan, it is my desire, that you want to be with Me, that you want to talk with Me, that you stay here, in this moment with Me, and concern yourself with knowing Me now, this moment, and not considering all the details about the future that I know and you don’t.
What do you want to know? What do you want to know that you think I am holding out on you?
Here is what you need to know: I love you, and I never forget you. Your life is my preoccupation. You are part of my plan for this world, which I love and which I desire to heal and bring to life and have know Me. I don’t want this world to miss out on what I’ve always had for it, as I hold out my hand . . . as I hold out my hand.
Thank you for reading! Please put action to your faith, and let’s all be like the seed that fell in the good soil, that heard the Word and acted on it, and produced fruit. Not allowing it to be choked by thorns or to wither without water or other things coming against it. (Matthew 13)
Written by Mariana Engelbrecht (except for the excerpt from Loopforwomen.com)
Please share to more people, so they can also receive this Word from the Lord.
If you need a bit of guidance to getting into the presence of God, I can recommend the following book by Warren Horak: The Divine Encounter
Read more about it here, he also has videos which is very helpful: https://fatherslove.co.za/how-to-pray-effectively-and-experience-god/