I had a picture during worship recently which was so timely as we have been experiencing the longest, driest summer for many a year and so what I saw is exactly what we are all seeing in the natural.
I saw a parched, brown desert floor covered in deep cracks and ravines.
A light rain had started to fall but it was making no visible outward difference to the landscape such was the depth of the drought. The earth changed to dark brown where the rain touched it, but was almost instantly dry again.
I sensed there were people who could see the rain starting to fall and even feel it but were so disappointed because they were thinking ‘what’s the point sending the rain it’s not going to make any difference. The land is too far gone’ (the land was representative of the people so a sense of them feeling ‘I’m too far gone’).
There was a real air of discouragement and sadness swirling around in the atmosphere at the futility of the amount of water and the hardness of the ground.
I could see that the water seemed to be evaporating as soon as it touched the surface of the earth because of the heat of the season it was in. It had been well and truly scorched! Which again is reflecting exactly how many are feeling right now, those with a faith or not.
But, what was actually happening (to the eye that can see) was the rain was running away into the cracks in the ground and it was building up in the hidden places, under the surface.
I heard the Father say “The water table is rising”.
A water table according to Google is: Flooding from groundwater can happen when the level of water within the rock or soil underground – known as the water table – rises. When the water table rises and reaches ground level, water starts to seep through to the surface and flooding can happen.
I sensed that soon the water would start coming up from beneath us as well as raining down on us and we should expect to start feeling the water round our ankles as it keeps rising, representing His presence increasing.
I felt that because of this He wanted to raise our expectations to come straight into His presence and this means we should expect miracles, breakthroughs, people getting free and healings start to happen, with little effort.
But, it can be hard to raise expectations when there are many that need encouragement in this season and He wants to encourage different ones of you to prepare you for what’s coming.
There are those who are feeling burnt out, dry and parched in their soul and He says that even today the water table is rising. If you have been crying out for the rain of His presence on your life, He encourages you to look again with expectation…
Isaiah 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
There are others that have become weary in the waiting and the lyrics from the song Waymaker came to mind…that even when we can’t see it He’s moving, even when we can’t feel it He’s working. He is wanting to raise our faith for that which is still unseen and hidden because it’s coming.
1 Kings 18:44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
For those who feel they have nothing left and are running on empty, He wants to encourage you to look again where you are planted. Your roots are going down deeper to find the refreshment you seek. You do not need to worry about where the refreshment is going to come from because God is going to direct your roots to the deep refreshing places that are available to you. Spend time in His presence and let Him refresh the deepest parts of you.
Jer 17:8 “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the river. Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.
Have a listen to this great song and sing it as a declaration: Waymaker– by Leeland.