Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Let It Rain
By Ramone - May 31, 2003
Part 1 (see Part 2)
This was the second picture I really received from God ("On His Path" was the first). I saw it and didn't understand it. I saw dark clouds and grey-black skies, and in the foreground there was wheat. It seemed windy.
I sketched it on this postcard-sized pad with a cheap Japanese calligraphy pen in Japanese "sumi-e" ink painting style. I had some ideas about the meaning, you know, end time harvest kind of stuff along with the storm clouds of the enemy or bad things. But I wasn't sure and didn't receive a strong interpretation, so I waited.
I visited Riverside, California, for the wedding of my friends Dave & Shiela May in August 2004, and I got a chance to visit my friend & spiritual mom Hazel Holland on the last day I was there. We invited the Holy Spirit, and I showed her the picture and we prayed & talked about it.
The wheat we understand: it's us, His precious harvest whom He is bringing home. The clouds? It seemed like the enemy, but as I looked at the picture in my heart (it was still there), I seemed to see some light behind them (I painted that as a follow-up later: "Behind the Clouds"). Most of the world—even the church—will think that the clouds are the enemy. Bad things, judgments, persecution of the church. But the clouds are GOD! God is behind them, and He is coming!
Read Psalm 97:1-6 (it's quoted in Michael W. Smith's cover of "Let it rain" on his 2001 "Worship" CD). His coming will look dark to many of us and what we expect—not the "glory" and trumpets of majesty or conquest we would desire. Instead, dark clouds will precede His coming. But we can all rejoice and be glad because He is behind the clouds, and we will see His light in their cracks! Come, Lord!
The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad;*****
let the distant shores rejoice.
Clouds and thick darkness surround Him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
Fire goes before Him
and consumes His foes on every side.
His lightning lights up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim His righteousness,
and all the peoples will see His glory!
See also: "Saved For This Hour" (at Weeping Jeremiahs)
As the dark clouds begin to gather and the winds of strif began to blow it is wonderful that we have a Heavenly Father that is watching out for us and we guide us through the darkness into the everlasting light of Heaven. May we follow our Spiritual Father to to the earth made new. Glory be to God! NML