In the early morning of the first day of the first month of a brand new beautiful year, we turned on some of our favorite music and turned it up loud. Really Loud. The children were so excited and were running around the house jumping and yelling and shouting and dancing as loud as the music we had roaring in the background. We then handed the children some little surprises.....
"What is this Mama?" "Yea, what IS this?" "It's a stick!" one said. "YEAH...a stick, a stick!!" said another. And like a chain reaction, one by one they began jumping up and down and waving their shiny, new surprises around like majorettes on game day.
"Be careful baby. There is a surprise inside."
Confetti and a lot of it was packed inside each silver stick......
And I thought to myself......How symbolic Lord.
One by one they shook their little sticks in every room in the house until there was "no surprise left."
I stopped in my tracks as I watched each one of them immediately scoop up the confetti and run upstairs to throw it over the banister to "recreate" the moment again.
And I thought to myself ....How symbolic Lord.
Who among us wants the blessings to end? Who among us wants the fun to be over with?
It's called "Flutter Fetti" and it promises to float five times longer than regular confetti.
You didn't have to tell me twice. I bought two boxes. We had some celebrating to do. And no amount of "regular confetti" was going to do for this party. We were saying goodbye and ending a very rough year for our family. And we were saying hello to something brand new and very beautiful.
It did "float" a lot longer than the regular confetti but even Flutter Fetti eventually hits the ground.
As I watched the children I thought to myself.....
how symbolic Lord....
For hours on the morning of January 1, 2010 we danced away the sorrow and disappointment that had nearly broken us in 2009 and we rejoiced in the possibility, opportunity, potential, and possible "surprises" that God has in store for us in 2010.
I sat in the floor and watched my children raise their hands up in the air to "receive" and "catch" the hundreds of pieces of colored paper....
and I thought to myself...how symbolic Lord.
I watched as they rolled around on the floor the entire morning creating "confetti-angels" with one another. I watched as they ran, jumped, rolled, danced, hugged and literally soaked up every second of the very first day of this new year.
And I thought to myself....how symbolic Lord.
I laughed and laughed and laughed until I began to weep as my spirit began to bear witness
with what He was showing me.
He has not forgotten. He knows. He knows every single burden. Every single need. Every single worry and fear. He knows every single thing that the enemy has stolen from you and me. He knows every single disappointment and ounce of dispair that may have played a part of your 2009. He knows about the loneliness that may have been your closest friend last year. He knows that longing inside your heart for a friend, a mate, a spouse, a husband. He knows that ache that cuts you to the core every time you see a new baby in someone else's arms.....and you go to bed one more night with empty arms. He knows. He knows all about the job that you still need and the breakthrough in finances that has yet to come. He knows about that house that needs to sell.......................and what might happen if it doesn't. He knows all about timing and details. He knows.
And just when we think it's over and we've shaken our own empty "Flutter Fetti stick " at the Lord. Just when we've done everything we can to make it work on our own, including scooping everything up with our own hands and taking matters into our own hands and trying to make things happen with our own hands ~ And just when we think this is it. It's just not going to happen for me. I guess this is as good as it gets for me Lord. I guess that it's just not meant to be..........
God has a surprise inside.
Just like when the kids thought it was over and they were too tired to keep scooping up all that confetti with their own hands and running up the staircase to recreate the moment......
Daddy came through.
And I thought to myself...how symbolic Lord.
Meet the surprise.
This sweet readers is a wet/dry vac with an optional "blower" setting.
Did you know that your Heavenly Father has one? He does.
And he is about to use it in your life in the coming year. He has the ability to vacuum up any disappointment or dispair from the previous year and fill your life with every dream and desire in your heart and soul. He also has the ability to switch the settings on every single thing in your life that looks like it's over, or looks like it is dead or looks like it has ended ~ He has the ability to switch the settings in your life and blow blessings beyond your wildest dreams into your circumstances. He has the ability to resurrect certain situations that seemed almost lifeless. He has the ability to breathe His breath~ the breath of life, into your situation and cause whatever didn't happen for you last year~ to happen for you this year~ plus double. Did you know that His word says that we get double honor for our former shame? It does. That's where the surprise is.
It's in this year. I pray that over you sweet reader. I pray that this year would be full to overflowing with the surprises of the Lord inside every single area of your life. I pray that for every pain from your past you will receive double honor for that former shame and receive it this year. In this beautiful, new year full of opportunity, promise, provision, restoration and recompense.
Instead of your former shame you shall have double honor....Isaiah 61:7