There is a place in time where God instructs us to let go of everything familiar and enter unknown territory. I have found myself in such a place; what about you? I have just ended a six-week sabbatical and a 40-day communion fast. I was not looking for direction or a word for 2023, I just needed healing and rest.
While at a prophetic gathering in Dallas, I surrendered to my need for the Helper to help me process loss, busyness, and my need for self-care. I had always loved sitting at the feet of Jesus and lavishing my love on Him, but this time was different. Jesus wanted to wash MY feet. The position felt unfamiliar and uncomfortable, so I found myself unplugging from most all ministry and choosing to stay at home, coffee in hand, snuggled securely on my sofa. It was an entirely new realm of obedience; doing nothing, and without guilt! I had no agenda and little by little, the silence highlighted the things I needed for transition into the new era. I also became very aware of my need for transparency and vulnerability as a prophetic minister.
Here are my takeaways as my identity became crystal clear.
I am reminded of a scene from The Chosen where Jesus rescues Peter from sinking in the sea during the storm. Peter was not looking for an assignment or a word. He fell into the arms of the Master and wept, “Jesus, never let me go,” was his cry. All he needed was security on his journey.
Don’t spend time rehashing memories and the need for security of the season behind. God is doing something so new; we can only see one step at a time. Trust Him wholeheartedly. Perhaps you need a sabbatical or a time of reflection. As yourself, “Who am I? What do I value? Is Jesus enough?” Come to the table of the Lord and find rest for your soul. The Lord IS your Shepherd, which means best friend in Hebrew.
Remember the importance this year of Psalm 23:
Yahweh is my best friend and my shepherd.
I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace near the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where He restores and revives my life.
He opens before me the right path.
And leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness.
So that I can bring honor to His name.
Even when Your path takes me through
The valley of deepest darkness,
Fear will never conquer me, for You already have!
Your authority is my strength and my peace.
The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.
I’ll never be lonely, for You are near.
You become my delicious feast.
Even when my enemies dare to fight.
You anoint me with the fragrance of Your Holy Spirit;
You give me all I can drink of you until my cup overflows.
So why would I fear the future?
Only goodness and tender love pursue me all the days of my life.
Then afterward, when my life is through,
I’ll return to your glorious presence to be forever with you!
I love you my partners and friends,
Thank you for being in prayer over the various areas of ministry Ruth is currently involved in:
Women on the Frontlines
Shiloh Global - Leader of Prophetic Intercession
For Such a Time as This (Abner Suarez) Daniel Company Prophetic Intercession Team
New Day High Point - Leader/Mentor for Prophetic Gatherings and Schools
Currently working on second book, Prophetic Dimensions”