Harbor by Sara Whitten
By Sara Whitten
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By Bill Johnson
It's the season of woodpeckers. Recently I see multiple of these red-headed beauties each day, which seems like more than I typically notice each spring. The beautiful thing about woodpeckers is that they SEEK OUT areas of DISTURBANCE. Areas recently affected by fire, land that's recently been CLEARED (God just recently spoke about clearing), or places where trees have died are just a few places they choose for their NESTING GROUND (allaboutbirds.org). How beautifully unexpected. They seek for their place of BIRTHING new life the places that have just experienced disturbance. Google dictionary defines disturbance as "the interruption of a settled and peaceful condition."
Someone out there needs to hear this!! God is using the places in which you have had interruption in the peaceful, normal rhythm, the places that feel out of your comfort zone and chaotic and disheveled, to birth new things! This uncomfortable place that seems least suitable is perfectly suitable for growth!
God is saying, "leave harbor." Harbors protect from harsh waters and waves, but they also are places of ANCHOR rather than places of progress. It may feel safe and comfortable because there are no big waves of disturbance, but God says, "I am your harbor! I am your safe refuge! Your harbor GOES WITH YOU! It is not a condition or set of circumstances, so let go and let them change, you will remain safe in My protection."
Harbor can also be a verb which is used to mean "to keep" or "to hide," usually in a negative context. What is your comfort zone HARBORING? Complacency? Bad feelings? Low faith? Low expectations? Let the waves of the spirit crash in to your harbor as you're drawn out to places of more disturbance...disturbance not to shake you, but to allow the perfect conditions for growth!
As we prepare for this next year, God is laying the land survey before us of what we possess. Around town I have noticed multiple surveyors out with their tools taking surveys of land. Even this last week in a meeting God put me in front of a land survey. It was then I realized all a survey does. God is showing us the value of what we have and what places are best utilized. He's showing us what places are vulnerable. He's showing us what places need to be brought up or taken down. He is doing all of this BEFORE building the next thing in our lives. He's showing us what we could not see simply by looking with our own eyes. The details and precision in a survey could never be detected by untrained eyes just looking. We are being given our Father's eyes, not only to see what is there but to see what is possible.
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."John 17:17 God gave me this verse (John 17:17) at the close of the 17th day of November. Biblically, the 17ths fall at significant GAME CHANGING points for the people of the Lord. Noah's ark came to rest on the 17th day of the seventh month (Gen 8:4) after the Lord had washed away everything and made it new. Esther, after fasting 3 days, sets up a banquet for the 17th of Nisan for God to use her to expose the plans on the enemy Haman and bring a new joy, freedom, and protection for God's people. The 17th of Nisan is also even interpreted as some to be the resurrection date of Jesus.
As I was praying last week, the image of a cross section of a bone came to mind. It highlighted the MARROW section of the bone. Since that time, God has been showing me bone and marrow all over scripture. There are many who feel like they are in a place of DRY BONES. Dry bones lack MARROW. Marrow is defined as "a soft fatty substance in the cavities of bones, in which blood cells are produced (often taken as typifying strength and vitality)". God is wanting to breathe some spiritual lifeblood into these situations that will bring new strength and feelings of enthusiasm back! "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." Proverbs 17:22