A Hidden Ocean in the Desert
(Forwarning–this post requires a little bit of faith and child-like wonder LOL)
When I wrote this, I was in the middle of a faith test that God called a “math” test. This test was all about drawing the secret provisions that He has stored out of His promise by faith. I was supposed to be looking at the numbers that God has given and not the numbers that I saw in my accounts.
I would have to say that the two things that God has built the focus of this ministry and journey on so far are 1. experiencing His intentional love through hard-to-survive conditions and 2. experiencing His hidden riches in a dry and barren-looking landscape.
“ I will give you hidden treasures and wealth tucked away in secret places; I will reveal them to you. Then you will know that I am the Eternal, the God of Israel, who calls you by the name” Isaiah 45
Before the Lord started the test, He showed me two promises. One was that I had $3000 in my available balance (even though it looked like there was only $13 LOL).
The other thing that He showed me was that I had $10,000 that He has hidden for me to find. In fact that one was a big promise from Him because He was been showing me that He was delivering that 10,000 to cover the next stage of our journey for months. The thing I don’t know is how or when it would show up.
Those are really wonderful promises that God has shown me that are real and tangible in the Spirit. The test is whether or not I would be able to rest, believe, and trust that it would show up.
Now let me show you what it looked like in the natural, so you can see why the pressure is up so high haha. Like I said before, I had only $13 left in my account with a bunch of bills to pay, groceries that we need to buy, and a bone-dry gas tank.
Since I knew that this was a test of faith, I was trying to think as if I had $3000 in my bank account and that I had the $10k to pay all of our upcoming rents as well. I barely had enough gas to get down the road and I took what little I had left to buy some food.
As I was going along, I would say, “I am so glad that I have $3000 in my account and that I could pay my bills and support my family”. Then I would tell myself all of His promises that God made us, such as “I can afford to support my family”, “my blog is my income”, “God supplies all our needs out of His riches”, etc.
But I would be lying to you if I said that I was soaring on just faith. It was so tense because one moment I was full of faith and the next moment I was fighting off panic and struggling for air. All at once we suddenly had so many needs and it was like I was buried alive and unable to breathe.
Yet I had seen God come through for us over and over again and it is impossible to think that He wouldn’t do it again. Between concentrating my thoughts on faith and struggling to breathe with panic, the Lord began showing me some hidden treasures.
I was putting together a personalized love letter and the Holy Spirit started to talk to me about the gem turquoise.
Turquoise is a valuable gem that is incredibly rare to find. It is only found in the driest and most barren places. Symbolically it is like hidden wealth that is reserved for very difficult times of hardship and times of lack.
There is always wealth stored away from God for us and He loves to reveal blessings to us in times that seem like we will not be able to survive. In fact, some of the richest blessings that He gives are during those times when it looks like there is absolutely nothing!
There was beauty flowing out of what God was showing me symbolically through turquoise. He showed me that turquoise is mostly found in host rock and the turquoise gems have rivets of the host rock woven within them.
As I was seeing this, God was saying that no matter where we are or how bad the attacks are against us, He is always right here within our midst with His abundance–ready and available to care for all of our needs.
The thing is, we have to be open in our minds to trust Him to flow through anywhere. During that time, donations to this ministry were exceedingly low. But God showed me that if the support from Him didn’t come through one place, it would come through a different way.
God is our mobile Home and He is always ever-present to deliver all that we need–and right on time. Like a turquoise stone, His living and active promises are intertwined into our lives and as we depend on them with all of our hearts, the blessings will pour out.
The turquoise stone is like a sponge and it soaks up water. Just like that stone, I pray that you (and I) will soak up the secret provisions that God has prepared ahead to reveal to us at this time.
Never see a situation by how it looks. Although it didn’t look like I had anything and there didn’t look like I had anything coming in, God said that I had $3000 in my available balance and I had to keep believing that it was true until I saw it happen in the natural.
To have faith means to walk by what God says and not what you see. He is saying to you and me today that there are hidden riches in these times, like turquoise gems that He has buried ahead to bless us in the hard times.
In the times that feel dry and barren, like walking through a waterless desert, God has tucked away a hidden ocean of His opulent support, like the bluest turquoise jewels that symbolize hidden water. Believing becomes seeing.
It is all there, in a place only accessible by faith. When you close your eyes to this world and see by faith–then you will see it. As you walk along, it seems like there is only sand and not even the tiniest drop of water.
But then your eyes catch the glimmer of something blue and you press in deeper, to see what is hiding in the desert. As you continue to watch, you see that there is a buried box poking out of the sand.
Inside the box, there are heaps of spectacular turquoise jewels. The jewels symbolically look like the ocean and a place of hidden water. As you place them in your hands, you feel the gems transform into water and suddenly you are no longer in the desert–but you are standing waist-deep in the azure blue ocean water.
Every need and trouble that you had was washed away and you are no longer suffering from the heat and pressure–but you are satisfied, refreshed, and filled with joyous laughter!
!May the Lord cause His hidden reservoirs of endless support to pour out over you during this time to cause every desert-like situation to become an oasis of His exquisite treasures.
After I walked through that faith test, God caused the $3000 to emerge several times in a row—over and over again. The promise that I had $3000 in my available balance was a promise that I ALWAYS had $3000 in my available balance (even if the balance is saying otherwise).
The $10,000 that He promised arrived after a few months of the $3000 cycle of continuous deposits showing up. It was like the ice cream Sunday with a cherry on top. Having a promise from God is like having a bank account that is only accessible by faith in the invisible realm. By faith, you can transfer the funds of the promise into your account and see it show up in the natural realm.
May you discover a secret ocean in the desert that is above and beyond your highest hopes, most adventurous imagination, and faith-fueled optimistic thoughts. Thanks for exercising your faith with me today family. Love you bunches and praying for you today!