We see walking on the water sometimes as stepping out into a glorious powerful move of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to stretch us and do His exhilarating works through us, and it can be. We long to be used by the Holy Spirit in anticipation and excitement to see His Kingdom come, and we should. But, what if (at the beckoning of the Lord through circumstances beyond your control) it is akin to the desperate cry given by Jonah himself?
“All Your billows and Your waves passed over me. Then I said, ‘I have been cast out of Your sight…. The waters surrounded me, even to my soul, The deep closed in around me. Weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains, the earth with its bars closed behind me forever…….. my soul fainted within me.”
Have you felt this? I have. We love the song “Deep Cries Out” and sing it with joy and vigor and even dance. But, what if the drawing of the Lord into the backside of the desert, into the dark, choking waters is actually an invitation?
For the Lord says…..”Let my people go that they may feast with Me in the wilderness’- Exodus 5:1
Feasting and the wilderness are, seemingly, two polar opposites. However, the Lord says of the invitation “The wilderness and the wasteland will be glad for them”. (Isaiah 35:1)
Falling into the deep, or the dry desert waste places does not, at first, make our hearts glad. If we’re not careful, we will (like those who are drowning) grab on frantically to the familiar to save ourselves and begin to fear. Worse yet, we may begin to complain and attempt to run away. But the Lord has designed it and also desires to work something within us. A Divine set-up, if you will, to show Himself in a new way. New, fresh manna every day is laid out before you at your feet waiting for your heart to respond. How many times we run back to the same song, the same verse, the same prophetic word to encourage ourselves. But, God has orchestrated the dry place to show us more of Himself IN the darkness. If we don’t run away from the testing, the feasting, the quiet, the dryness there is a promise to us as the desert releases us:
“The eyes of the blind will be opened, the ears of the deaf will be unstopped, the lame will leap like a deer and the tongue of the dumb will sing. Waters will burst forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert. The parched ground shall become a pool and the thirsty land springs of water.
Isaiah 35: 5-7