A Path through Mighty Waters

 red-sea-partedThus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters, “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:16)

There are so many facets to parenting, so many layers. When my children were young, I poured my heart into creating a happy, God-focused childhood for them, a childhood in which they could explore and discover, all the while knowing my husband and I were right behind them holding a safety net.

My three little boys are now young men at different stages of venturing out, making their own paths in the world.

But I wonder about the emotional “baggage” my kids were exposed to and at some level had to deal with – a feeling that they found the closet that I had hidden all my “junk” in.

Addiction, divorce, anger, illness, abuse – many families deal with these issues. I know in my family we had to deal with the impact of me being kidnapped and raped shortly after getting married. At times, the hurt was paralyzing, emotionally crippling, and it seemed natural for my husband and I to build walls of protection around our hearts.

So as much as my desire for my children was to protect and nourish them, the reality was that they were living with imperfect people dealing with life-altering, soul-changing events. They couldn’t help but trip over my baggage, and now that they are older, I wonder about its effect. How profound was it? Can I trust that God has made a path for my boys through the mighty waters of my pain?

Over the last few years, as I let God bring truth to my spirit, as I worked with Him to tear down the walls, healing has taken place. I see that He IS a God who can make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The God who reminds us that we are not to look back to the past, but to watch for the new thing that is springing forth.

Instead of a victim mentality, where I anticipated being powerless, I began to put on the identity that God had built into my DNA – a person who is life-giving, creative, confident of my position in His Kingdom. I know I am loved by the Father of the universe, the Creator.

One of the ways that God has restored and transformed me is through prophetic words. In the healing ministry I am involved in (Intercessors of the Trinity), we are developing a culture of prophesy – based on 1 Corinthians 14 in which Paul asks every believer to desire the gift of prophesy. Paul sees this gift as a key to the victorious, healed life: prophetic words will strengthen a person, encourage him, comfort him, give him hope. Prophesy convicts a person of God’s hand in their life. And so we regularly pray and speak prophetically into each other’s lives.

Some of my prophetic words: “Crushed grapes will turn into fine wine”; “Your life is a stained glass window”; “The Lord is restoring the years the locusts have eaten.” To someone else, these words might not mean much, but to me they were powerful, giving me hope and insight into some specific situations.

These words convinced me that I have a Father in heaven who knows me intimately and cares about every detail in my life. A Father who wants me to become the best version of my self.

Because I’ve experienced the healing power of prophetic words, I have a passion to give prophetic words to others. I may casually glance at someone in the store, at church, or on an airplane, then suddenly feel God’s love and compassion for that person.

“Lord, is there something you want me to share?” Then He speaks to my heart, and I give the message.

Last week I told a young woman that the Lord loves her “questioning spirit”, that she is imaginative and sees things in symbols, and that the Lord wants her to start looking for Him in those symbols.

I told a young man that the Lord wants to fill him with the power of the Holy Spirit – that He’s being called to be a warrior.

As I’ve taken the “risk” of stepping into my identity, I have become more life-giving to my family. This week I prayed and asked the Lord for prophetic words for each of my boys in the coming year. I wrote them down and gave each of my sons a copy.

So as “Chapter 2014” comes to a close, I am confident that the author of my life, the One who is the Alpha and Omega, the One who IS, and who WAS, and who IS TO COME (Revelation 1:8), who has rewritten chapters, added new characters, altered plot lines, and put victorious strategies in place for me to step into, is doing the same thing in my children’s lives. He started a good work in me and plans to complete it. He started a good work in each of my children and will complete theirs as well.

He is a God of goodness who gives life to His words, who calls into existence things that do not exist, who fulfills His promises. He is making a path through mighty waters and bringing my sons into their Promised Land.

“We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” (Romans 8:28, The Voice)