Blessed with one of the most fabulous views one can imagine is outside our back windows. We overlook the vast expanse of Lake Ontario. Amazingly, a body of water could have so many faces. I am one of those odd people that believe nature speaks. At times the lake can be wild. Huge waves violently crash on the shore. Over time, the shoreline gives in. A large pine tree lived its life too close to the relentless erosion caused by consisting waves lashing at its roots at beach level. From our window, we watch it slowly lean into the lake. It will eventually float off to some unknown shore or become waterlogged and sink. Nature is forever changing—more about this latter.
This morning a large crow sat in another tree well back from the shoreline. Crows are special to me. God sent ravens to feed the great prophet Elijah meat and bread in the morning and the evening. They are not many ravens around here. We do have crows. Crows and ravens are different but are of the same family of birds. When I see a crow, it reminds me of God's supply for His prophet. Ravens were considered unclean in the old testament. They are known for eating "roadkill" dead animals.
I understood something that was life-changing.
I realized that God often had tried to relay something to my thick mind, and I rejected it because it did not fit my theology and reasoning. The bible says that if we ask God for bread, He will not give us a stone. Sometimes what we get feels like a stone, only to realize it was bread as time and situations progress. The fact is that often Truth seems to come as a negative, and we reject it. Elijah could have said," I can't eat this stuff; it did not come from the things I have known as kosher food," but he did not. Nourishment for the future journey took place.
There is something extraordinary from God that is taking place. It is coming to us from the future into the present. Up until now, everything was only a journey, a preparation enabling us to receive this new state of being in the Messiah.
As this new experience unfolds, we will understand the goodness of the Words of God as never before. This understanding based on the foundations of the past journey will be brand new in many ways. There is the power of Love that will revolutionize everything. It is the Love God has that will bring the world to know His heart. We, the church, will be the doorway.
Unfortunately, much of the church at first will see what God is bringing as "unclean" according to their traditions.
What they reject as being a stone is bread.
Now what I am learning from my tree.
As I said, nature is always in the process of change. We also to be in constant transition. The roots of my tree outback cannot anchor its self onshore from natural erosion. Soon the last security to the cliff will be gone. But this is not the end as it ends on some other coast. In its decay on some other beach, insects and vermin make their home. If it sinks to the lake's bottom, it becomes a shelter for fish and a source of food for some species. My tree lives on. Life continues.
The church cannot anchor its self in the past. Everything about God is a march forward, deeper into His Heart.
Jesus said it is dead traditions that you hang on that keep you from understanding who I am and the life I have come to bring you. Good things in the past can be the things that keep us from moving on if we make them our security and not the ever-present life in God.
The church will no longer hold on to the resistance of change. It is now "hanging over the lake." Our security in our ways of doing church will not hold. If what we have could change the world, it would have happened. If we do not move with Truth, we will live in a lie.
A wise older man, a true father, once said that the church that is coming would not resemble the one we have had.
I believe this. Having become a believer in 1972, I have always known there has to be more. In a boldness, I think God likes I have said, "if this is all you got, I feel ripped off."
GOD OFTEN COMES IN THE BACK DOOR
BECAUSE WE HAVE SHUT THE FRONT DOOR
Dan Chappell was fathered in the prophetic by Robert Ewing of Grace Churches of Texas in the early 80’s and mentored in “The Heart of the Father" by Jack Winters.
He is recognized trans locally for his sensitive and encouraging prophetic and strategic insight. His gifting is not just for the local church, but impacts churches across the continent. Debbie, his wife, stands with him in this demanding role.