God sometimes allows heaven and His holiness to pour down, so fast and furious you are completely awash in it. How do you dare to describe those moments when the enormity of God is all around you?
It’s in a split-second you feel the force of His momentum and physically tremble when you confront what might happen if you open your arms wide enough to receive all He has for you. Without any doubt or fear of consequence, you decide to put-on brave and for once in your life, you are all in.
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Master sitting on a throne—high, exalted—and the train of his robes filled the Temple. Angel-seraphs hovered above him, each with six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two their feet, and with two they flew. And they called back and forth one to the other,
Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
His bright glory fills the whole earth.
The foundations trembled at the sound of the angel voices, and then the whole house filled with smoke. I said,
“Doom! It’s Doomsday! I’m as good as dead!
Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted— blasphemous even!
And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate.
And here I’ve looked God in the face!
When God urgently wants me to pay attention, He makes it known to me in sets of three. This time it starts on Tuesday evening during the Beloved Chronological Bible study. Running on empty, I press against how I feel to get to where I know I need to be. Our discovery bible study assignment for the night is Isaiah chapter six.
Friday, working late and in need of a break, I watch Louie Giglio exhort the next generation on the Passion simulcast. So much for thinking this is a random discovery in a social media stream.
And finally it’s Sunday morning and David Nasser transports us back to the year when a king dies and the prophet who loved him collides directly with Divine glory.
Three different voices in one week unpacking the moment Isaiah is ‘wrecked by a holy reckoning with God.’ (Thank you David Nasser.)
Then one of the angel-seraphs flew to me. He held a live coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. He touched my mouth with the coal and said,
“Look. This coal has touched your lips. Gone your guilt, your sins wiped out.”
Full of grandeur, confrontation, revelation, and restoration, these words swell up in me as I stand on the other side of 55. I’m mindful of the minutes that make up my days, because I am certain I have less of them left to make count for something higher.
After a long day of preparing the church, it’s time for the Momentum event to begin. The power of God falls and the Holy Spirit moves. Christine Caine and the worship team keep in sync with His rhythm. Eternal possibility pulses against the walls of the sanctuary. Strongholds of sin are broken as women take to their knees in surrender and freedom is forged. Many stand ready to respond to the next question God asks.
And then I heard the voice of the Master:
“Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
They move to meet the ‘whatever and wherever’ that comes when you answer,
“I’ll go. Send me!”
Today I know there are still women waiting, like Pharaoh, for tomorrow.
You’ll never discover your purpose within His plan until you have the courage to repeat Isaiah’s words and mean it. For me those words took me down the unlikely and unexpected road of co-writing a book, life-changing mission work in a third world country, beginning the international adoption process, and leading a nonprofit ministry.
If you are waiting for tomorrow, I’m reaching out my hand to you today. Dale, my husband, and I are leading a mission team to Haiti May 17 – 24, 2014. It’s a trip for married couples. If you’re married, you’ve not been called to forge freedom alone. He made you ‘one’ for His purpose.
I invite you to come and experience what God does when you are just willing to go and love on a 185 orphans. It may be that His ultimate plan for you has nothing to do with Haiti, but everything to do with what He shows you while you are there. Email me at Tami.Heim@gmail.com if you want to take my hand and a bold step forward.
Today is the day.
Let heaven and His holiness pour down until you encounter your reckoning with God. Then grab hold of His momentum. Once you do, I promise you won’t want to live another day without it.
Living to serve,