From my teenage years to my early twenties, I worked as a landscaper with several members of my family. Many springs and summers I spent countless hours operating a powerful gas weed whacker, mowing down overgrown yards and tall grass. You never knew what you were going to find once the brush and debris were cleared away.
My good friend Mao Winesberry shared a vision he had and released a great word of encouragement to our congregation this last Sunday at church. I really related to it, and I know you will to. It is transcribed in text below, and you can also watch it by fast-forwarding to minute 27 of Sunday’s 11AM service.
“In the vision I saw God speaking from the heavens. I saw text form words coming down. But in the middle of the air they turned into seeds, and they landed straight into people’s lawns where they lived. I saw over time that people were tending to where the seeds were planted making sure there was room around so that these seeds could bloom and grow.
Over time I saw people getting discouraged that these seeds weren’t growing. It was kind of left unkempt, left it where the weeds were growing around it, and grass was growing high. People even began to build structures over where the seeds were growing. Like a greenhouse where they planted their own seeds and were waiting for things to grow. I saw over time some people walking out of their house on the walkway, and they saw something shining in the tall grassy area.
They got a weed whacker and started to trim it down. I thought it was going to be flowers but when they got down to where they could see what it was, they found actual words and what I saw were things like new jobs, new careers, new limbs, restored families, healed bodies, healed hearts, renewed minds, addictions broken, dreams coming true, finances recovered. Even where people built things where the seeds were planted, the words still came through those structures and God was telling me that He is going to come through wherever we are at.
The things that He has spoken in our lives, the seeds He has planted in our lives, the visions, things he has put on our hearts are going to come through. I believe the Lord really wants to release hope today to stand on the things that He has put on our lives.”
It is time for us get the weed whacker out and begin to trim down the tall grass and the weeds that are blocking our view from the words and promises that God has personally spoken to us. Let’s all be filled with hope today and recapture the vision and victory that our Lord Jesus Christ has for each our lives.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
Lord Jesus help us today to clear away anything that is blocking our view from your words of Life. Help us today to recapture the plans, promises and purposes of God for our lives. Release an overflowing wave of hope and faith upon your people today as we stand on your word and cultivate the call of God on our lives.
We say new jobs, new careers, new limbs, restored families, healed bodies, healed hearts, renewed minds, addictions broken, dreams coming true, finances recovered in Jesus name, Amen.