The other day I was struggling to maintain my focus and attention on the things at hand. Though I take my responsibilities seriously, and deeply care about the people I reach, there is something else that always tugs on my spirit. It is that unseen realm where I know all Truth, Goodness, Purity, and Freedom reside.
It is that realm of the Spirit where there is absolute peace and total victory over the darkness. I think about the many others who feel the same battle in finding some equilibrium and sanity in a world gone mad. Being assaulted on a daily basis with conflicting reports and so many unknowns, something inside of us just longs to be free from it all. I began to wonder if the struggle is as real as it feels, or merely an exaggeration of my own unsettled thoughts.
As I sit at my desk and contemplate these things, out of nowhere I hear a voice:
“YOU DON’T COME FROM HERE”
He speaks right in my ear – as if He just walked in the room and stood directly behind me, crouching down to be sure I heard Him. It is not a rebuke or correction, but an affirmation of what my spirit had already been telling me: We don’t come from “here.”
We’ve been created for something much higher and much grander. As I ponder His words, something stirs inside of me. A deep longing begins to rise up and I am suddenly taken back to my very first memory of meeting the One who just spoke.
I was lying on the grass on a beautiful summer day as a six-year-old child, looking up at the sweeping blue sky and the billowing clouds and immediately KNEW I had come from “there.” I felt so close to that unseen realm I could almost touch it. I somehow knew, that was where I came from and that’s where I belonged.
The One who created this broad expanse had also created me – and we were intricately knit together. I felt so close to that reality I could almost wrap myself in the clouds as a blanket. It was so other-worldly, and yet strangely – it felt like Home. Little did I comprehend at that moment how that day would mark me.
As I continue to sit at my desk, reflecting on what I just heard, the Lord and I begin an inward conversation. I see the battles before us and the dark forces that are determined to keep us earth bound.
Though my spirit longs to be free and soar above it all, the enemy is relentless in pulling us down to his level, keeping us fixated on that which we cannot control. Distracting us with the lesser things, he hopes to blind us to the higher things.
The Lord continues to speak to my spirit about His plan concerning these warring realities and His purpose for us who believe. The more He speaks, the more my spirit grows in the comprehension of His words and tears of relief begin to flow. I am once again reconnected to the Source of my hope and longings, and a clarity of purpose begins to emerge.
The longer He lingers, the greater my desire is to live from THIS reality of absolute freedom and liberation of soul and spirit. All of the earthly arguments and debates that have been raised against His unseen Kingdom seem to melt in this simple, yet profound, knowledge of His creative design.
And then....at some point in this intimate conversation, I suddenly realize who He has been speaking to. He has not been speaking to the adult at the desk – my “mature” and grown-up self that has gained a semblance of understanding through years of trials and testing. No. He has been speaking to that child within.
Somehow, He reached right into my spirit and drew out that six-year-old girl and reminded her of those first moments of revelation and pure faith in Him. Those moments when all became possible, and nothing was greater than His overriding presence and power. He reminds me of the child within that holds the key to apprehending the treasures of His Kingdom.
This passage is not just a picture of a world at peace, but the power of one who knows their God. It is not those considered smart or strong by human standards that have the winning edge in this battle for truth. It is those with a childlike faith who have never stopped pursuing the wonder and awe of all that is unseen; who dare to believe that the impossible can still happen. A child doesn’t have to try and believe. They simply believe.
Those who possess this quality cannot be poisoned by the unbelief of the disappointed or the cynicism of the deceived. They bypass the arguments and disregard the doubts because they’ve been captured by an eternal reality that outlasts them all. They’ve met their Creator, and they absolutely trust Him.
It is this childlike faith that the Father is calling up. A calling to remember those first moments when we KNEW that He alone is God. A calling to embrace that revelation of His greatness and dare to believe in His absolute goodness even in the face of the most hideous evil. Where the adult in the room questions and debates, the child simply runs into place. It is this unshakeable trust in our Master Creator that can nullify the spirits of control and destroy the deceptive lies. The King of Pride has no choice but to bow in the presence of such pure and simple faith.
There are treasures of the deep that the Lord wants to give us. Hidden truths, incredible revelations, and untold provision for the days ahead. It is the joy of His heart to share the abundance of His Kingdom and reveal the fullness of His glory to all who simply believe.
The only secret in this journey is to understand what is already inside of you. The secret to unlocking the treasures of His Kingdom – is to enter in as a child.