Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.Jeremiah 33:3
Yesterday I found myself considering the grass as we walked our dog through the neighborhood. The yards on the left of me had been scorched by the sun while the yards to my right were green and well-watered. I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Janell, consider the grass.” Have you ever had moments like that, where God takes something simple and creates this profound revelation out of it? I can’t tell you how many times I have had these moments with the Teacher of all teachers, showing me something incredible through the little things. Jesus loved to teach this way!
Consider the lilies… (Luke 12:27)
Consider the birds… (Matthew 6:26)
Consider this: There was a farmer who went out to sow seeds… (Matthew 13:3)
Open your heart and consider my words… (Luke 11:35)
Consider it this way: If a man owns a hundred sheep and one lamb wanders away and is lost… (Matthew 18:12)
Webster’s dictionary defines the word consider as thinking carefully about (something), typically before making a decision. Isn’t that interesting? Jesus comes after our thinking. I have mentioned in a previous post how important it is to make sure that our mindset is in alignment with the mind of Christ. The way we think is key to walking in the fullness that Jesus paid for on the cross. To the intellectual elite, considering the grass may sound foolish. But look at what Paul says about that very thing:
the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.1 Corinthians 1:25
According to the footnotes of the Passion Translation, “Although the cross seemed to be the foolishness of God, it reveals His transcendent wisdom. And though God the Son was crucified in weakness, He has risen through the divine power that transforms lives today. God has no weakness or foolishness whatsoever. Yet what looks like weakness is actually His strength, and what looks like foolishness is actually His wisdom.” When we listen to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to teach us through the little things, He will give us His wisdom and strength.
Watering the Grass
We have been going through a bit of a dry spell here in the Midwest. The month of June has been torturous to the lawns here in Minnesota. With lots of days of back-to-back intense sunlight and heat, grass has withered and died in many people’s yards. There has been some rain, but not enough to combat the heat. One day, I noticed a dry patch on the north side of our front yard where there is no tree coverage. And I asked my husband if he wanted me to water it. To my surprise he said not now. Not now? But it’s dying! Then he explained why. If I were to water the grass in the middle of the day when the sun is beating down on the grass, all the water would immediately evaporate instead of soaking into the roots. He told me that the best time to water the grass is in the morning and the evening, because then the water has time to soak into the soil and give the grass a chance to drink.
Interesting concept, right? Simple and yet profound. And the Holy Spirit started teaching me what that means for us spiritually. We are just like the grass in some ways. We need water, sunlight, and the proper nutrients to grow. In a spiritual sense, we also need water from the Holy Spirit (who is a continuous wellspring), Son light (the light of revelation and truth from the Son of God), and good soil (remember the parable of the sower in Matthew 13?). If one of these ingredients is missing, our growth will come to a screeching halt. There are many times when I have been in a spiritual dry spell, and I have been burned out by ministry before because of that. And while I chose to blame others in that moment for my burn out, it really had been my responsibility as a believer to keep myself filled. As I have grown up with God, I have learned that an empty vessel cannot pour out. I must be filled first, and then I can pour out to others. When it comes to watering, I think it is so important to find time throughout our day to sit under the wellspring of life.
Times and Seasons
There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
A time to be born and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing.
A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to keep silent and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.
God is like a farmer. He planted the world with His words, and everything in it lives on and multiples like a garden. Time matters. And our God handles times not in a linear manner, but in cycles. Think about the seasons. We have summer, fall, winter, and spring. You wouldn’t start planting crops in the middle of winter, would you? Of course not, because it isn’t the right time to plant. This is key for us to understanding the cycle of God. There is a right time for certain things, and the Lord wants to give you an understanding of this through His Word. Do you know how to discern the significance of the times? Do you understand the times and seasons that are governing your life? Have you experienced stunted growth in an aspect of your life no matter how hard you tried? Are you able to flow with the times and seasons that are governing your life? These are important questions to ask and search for the answers in the Word of God.
Th Issachar Anointing
To understand more about the importance of understanding the times and seasons, we have to look at the tribe of Issachar. 1 Chronicles 7:1–5 lists the generations of the tribe of Issachar, totaling 87,000 “mighty men of valor”. 1 Chronicles 12:32 describes the tribe as men who “had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do”. There is something called the Issachar Anointing, and it is the unique anointing of the men of Issachar that enabled them to understand the times and seasons to influence and lead Israel to establish the greatest dynasty of all time, perpetuated by the kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can operate in the Issachar Anointing to understand the times and seasons that govern your life and then leverage the Issachar Anointing to change the times or seasons to favor you.
As far as timing goes concerning the grass, it’s important that we understand the difference between the Hebrew day and the Roman day. The Hebrew day begins in the evening. Israel began their religious holidays in the evening, and the biblical text mandates that the two most important religious feasts, the Passover and the Day of Atonement, begin at sunset. So why is this important? Think of what happens in the evening. We are preparing for a time of rest. Everyone needs sleep, and in America, it is one of the biggest issues in the country. So many are suffering from sleep problems, and many cannot seem to find the proper kind of rest for their bodies. I believe part of this could be because of our culture and how it has taken us out of the cycle of life that God intended us to live in. We were created in the image of God. That means we are like Him. God made the world and then rested on the seventh day, and from that we can see that rest is in His nature. So of course, the devil would try to steal that away from us! He hates God and therefore hates us because we are made in the image of God. When he sees us, he sees a reflection of God and it makes him furious. So, how do we operate in a way where the enemy cannot steal our rest? Well, I believe it starts with watering our souls at night and in the morning.
Watering your Soul
God ordered the day to begin at 6pm with meditation. He then wants us to be ready to advance at 6am into what He is breaking forth for our lives. In other words, from sunset to twilight we should be watching, which includes resting, so we are ready to prosper throughout our time of LIGHT.
God wants to reorder us, so we understand His time frame in His Word. This will cause us to be much more efficient as we go through the time sequence of what we call “a day.”
In our culture we have viewed “night” differently from God’s plan of evening till morning. Therefore, we have missed recognizing the day and redeeming time so that we overcome evil and efficiently and effectively prosper.Reordering Your Day: Understanding and Embracing the Four Prayer Watches– Chuck Pierce
It is key for us to jump into the cycle of God and look at the day through His eyes. There is a beautiful gift for you to accept from Him in the evening, His rest. Our soul needs a time to rest and meditate on the things of God. After a long day out in the world, pollution can hitchhike onto your soul. Trust me, you don’t want to sleep with that on you! The evening is a time to get refreshed in the Word of God and release the burdens and be cleansed of any contaminates that the enemy hid in your soul. Watering your soul looks like spending quality (not quantity) time with Holy Spirit and allowing Him to prepare you for sleep. Satan attacks us in our sleep because it is a time where we are vulnerable. Our body and our soul are both at rest, but our spirit is awake and communing with God. Satan wants to disrupt this time of rest, and so he will look for doors that have been left open to sneak in and disrupt your rest. That is why it is key for us to get aligned with the Lord before we sleep. It sets us up for success in the day ahead. Once I started doing this, my stress levels went way down. I was able to sleep through the night and wake up feeling refreshed. A supplement did not help me with this, it was simply jumping into the cycle of time that God intended for us to be a part of.
I want to invite you to join me in operating with God’s timing. If you are burdened and troubled at night and during the day, God wants to show you a different way to live. Stop falling for Satan’s counterfeit, and enter into the fullness of life that Jesus Christ died for you to have. Find some time to get away and pray this prayer with me:
Heavenly Father, I admit I am depleted in my body and my soul. I have been operating in a way that you never intended for me to operate. Show me how to live in the fullness. Show me Holy Spirit how to water my soul at night and get refreshed and strengthened as I rest. Give me Your mindset for time and seasons. I desire to prosper under your leadership. Help me to begin reordering my day so that I can be a brighter light for You and overflow with the living water that Jesus has poured into me.