Last night was the powerful start of a weekend long conference right in the heart of where we live... We were out later than usual, and our babies are still sleeping but I couldn't take advantage of it and stay in bed this morning... I was laying awake thinking of the vision the Lord showed me last night and I just can't do anything else until I write it down. At the end of the night, just as we were going back into worship the vision started. It grew and became stronger and more powerful until it felt like the inside of me was quaking under the weight and meaning and emotion of it all....
Basically I felt like He gave me a small glimpse into His heart for me. For our region. But really for the world. In the vision His heart was the ocean. It began with these waves, breakers, coming one after another, after another, after another, pounding the shoreline, just as one began to recede another rose to take its place... they were constant, steady, and full of passionate determination. There was no wavering, and the roar of the water right before it hit the shore was so beautiful and strong. As I watched the breakers hit, one after the other, I heard His voice in the midst of the roar... "My love for you is relentless.... I will stop at nothing.... I will have you...." It was at the sound of His voice the tears started pouring down... The scene in my mind shifted from a smooth shoreline to one that looked more like a California coastline. A cliff of rocks stood at the ocean's edge, but the waves were still as consistent... They crashed with such force into the rock, sending up spraying, hitting the side of the cliff with absolute authority, undeterred by the height of the rock, so beautiful, so reliably consistent. And I heard Him again... "I will carve my name on your hearts... I will leave my mark on you as a people... I will stop at nothing until I have you...." Still tears fell, and my heart pounded, and my spirit shook inside me, but because of the cliff I felt like my heart began to break for the Lord... "How will you overcome the walls they have put up??" I started to ask... but before I could fully get the question out, the scene in my mind's eye pulled back until I was no longer seeing just the edge of the ocean, but the whole thing, vast and huge and limitless, and a trembling started in the middle of it, and turned into a violent shaking that threw up a gigantic wall of water from the center of the once flat ocean. It rushed with force, with passion, with emotion and determination, full of furious love, and it overtook nations. The tsunami of his passionate heart toward us. His voice again... "I am a jealous God. I desire ALL of you... I WILL STOP AT NOTHING UNTIL I HAVE YOU. I WILL STOP AT NOTHING UNTIL I HAVE YOU." The intensity of his love. The burning desire of His love for us. The determination of His heart. The goodness of His character. His relentless pursuit of us. His desire for our all. His passion for us to KNOW HIM. To belong to Him. He is a good, good Father. He never stops. He never gives up. He chases, he woos, there is no end to the depth of His heart toward you. There is no point at which His love dries up. There is no point at which the waves of His love will stop breaking on your heart. There is no cliff, no wall, no barrier high enough to keep Him out.
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."