2 ½ yrs ago, I arrived back in Australia my homeland, from Germany where we had been living & pioneering the vision of Tabernacle. I arrived with a dream birthing in my spirit.
The dream was 2 fold… to see in my homeland Mum’s & children especially, experience the presence of the Lord in set apart, Tabernacle spaces, & to see church in the tradition sense as we have known it this past century, establish set apart, Tabernacle spaces for people to seek the presence of the Lord as they desired.
This dream I held quietly in my spirit.
In 2 Sam 22:31 it says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” God gives us ‘God dreams’. When He gives us His dreams, they are His, not ours. Our task is then to find what is His way for those dreams to come into the natural realm. As for God, His way is perfect. We are exhorted to seek out & know His way for His will to be done on earth as it tis in heaven.
Over the years of walking with the Lord, we have learnt some ‘consistencies’ about His way. Over & over again He has asked of us this:
1. “Commit your way to the Lord” (Psalm 37:5a)
2. “Trust in Him, And HE shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:5b)
3. “Rest in the Lord” (Psalm 37:7a)
4. “Wait patiently for HIM” (Psalm 37:7b)
This was His instruction to me again this morning as I awoke for the 3rd last time in my house of 21 years. Before I was fully awake, He took me to Psalm 37 & His way.
You see the thing about these 4 consistencies, is that it is all about Him & what He does, not so much about what we are & what we do. These 4 ‘ways’ are part of the experience of His presence. This is what we do literally in our Tabernacle space & then we carry that in our spirits as we enter in the ‘stuff’ of everyday living.
I have observed over these many miles & seasons, that this is what it means to host the presence of the Lord & to abide IN HIM. The cost is our agendas, our timetables & our WAY. Those “who are led by the Spirit of God, are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14). We will be led by something. What we are led by, will distinguish who we are.
Again this morning, He drew me back to literally doing these 4 things as I continue the move to the USA, now just 10 days away (our 3rd country of pioneering since the birth of the vision of the Tabernacle).
Again I am aware of the enormity of our needs & pressures. Yet I am called back to His way in this context. I do not know where we will be living, what school my son will go to, how we will pay our bills month to month, who our friends will be, but I am knowing something of His way, & it is perfect.
On September 18, I leave my homeland knowing that His dreams that were carried quietly in my spirit & barely ever uttered outloud are now being fulfilled.
One of the Mother’s from Mum’s group that I & my son have attended, is now with her husband establishing a Tabernacle space on the ground floor of their home, with an external access for people to come & go as they please. They are just one of many setting out to do this in their homes.
The church we have been attending these past years, C3 (Christian City Church, Melbourne) is now viewing architects plans for a ‘Presence Place’ to be created in their building again with an external entrance for people to come & go as they please.
While we played a part in these developments, we did it in His way, & by human standards it was small & very hands off, because what He did was far more than we could do or will continue do in these future days.
Commit yourself to the Lord, trust Him & learn the discipline of resting & waiting on Him. His way is perfect!