Here we are, right in the midst of the Feast of Hanukkah and yet things seem different this year. It is not about Jewish customs or traditions - it is the longing of my heart to be Yeshua's Light in this dark world, to be a Living Temple of His Holy Spirit. (1 Cor. 3:16: Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?)
Yet, as I have been crying out to Him to show me where He would send me as His Light and His Spirit, He has continually responded, "Hide yourself."
"Hide myself," Lord? Where? Are you not calling me to still GO for you, DO for you, BE you to those who are lost?"
I sat before Him a long time this morning with those questions on my heart and mind, and finally He began to speak to me:
"So much is about to happen - so much! I keep telling you to hide yourself because this means 'HIDE IN ME.' You are still thinking like the world. You need MY mind, MY thoughts! Take every thought captive in Yeshua (2 Cor. 10:5). Ephraim is a child without wisdom. When the time arrives, he does not come to the opening of the womb (Hosea 13:13). I AM BIRTHING A KINGDOM UPON THIS EARTH! Repent of sin and get close to ME. Fully trust me for all you will need. Have I not always provided for you, My child?
"O Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine tree; your fruitfulness comes from ME. Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of YHVH are right; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them (Hosea 14:8-9)."
His words shook me back into the glory of all that He is. He is not sending most of us to a physical place in this season -- he is calling us to HIDE OURSELVES IN HIM, getting so close to Him that fear cannot enter our minds and trust will be our daily bread. He is calling His chosen ones to GET INTO POSITION IN THE WOMB, READY TO ENTER THE BIRTH CANAL! He has hidden us in the secret place and knit us together in the womb -- and soon it will be time for us to launch forward into all the splendor and might of His Kingdom Reign -- but not yet! Not yet. For right now, we must graft ourselves into the green Pine Tree, who is the Source of all wisdom and faithfulness. We must hide ourselves in His tabernacle where we get so close that we won't miss His quiet Voice of instruction or doubt the fullness of His provision.
That is what Hanukkah means to me this year: kindling the flame of His love in my heart and hiding in the shelter of His tabernacle, where I am kept safe.
Psalm 27: 5 "For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling. He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a Rock."
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Kelly Ferrari Mills