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2020 VISION: The Watchman

He sits on the very top of the wall’s tower,

waiting…

wondering…

watching…

writing.

It is what he was created to do since the beginning.

Tumultuous thoughts swirl over and in him until he leans his head as far back as he can, trying to find surcease from the tightness in his shoulders, extended wings as far as they can stretch. Without conscious thought, the prayer flies from his heart, finding life in the breeze that whispers, “YAH”. Peace overflows. Light dips down and wraps around him. Deeply, he lets the whisper fill him with the everlasting water. Bowing his head, the Watcher smiles as he fills his lungs with “WEH”, and lets his voice trumpet the note that was set to play from the first WORD: Bereshit.

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The Watchman stays awake in vain.” Ps 127:1

A plow made it easier to till the earth, care for the critters, provide sustenance for themselves. Human power – until the rains came. Bricks made it easier to build towers to provide safety and security for themselves, and the critters, from the elements. Higher and higher. Touch the sky higher. Human power until the earth moved, and tongues waggled in different ways. Families. Friends. Clans. Countries. Metals. Coal. Steel. Oil. Commerce. Nations upon nations dotting the world. Human power – until dissonance, anger, war and innocent apple-red blood flows without restraint.

“…unless                   the                  LORD              builds             it…”

Humans have built many houses – many towers – many walls on Terra outside of the Garden He built for us.  Some have withstood the years fairly well – others not so much. Human hands – human minds – human wisdom can only accomplish so much until the blood-red apple dangles a bit too close, and mouths water in anticipation.

“…unless              the                  LORD              guards            the                  city…”

The hedges of blessings fallen. The harbingers appear.  The warnings proclaim. The silence – – – deafening. The remnant falters, but a few manage to stand again on His Rock higher than – stand again on His given, eternal WORD – stand again behind His purifying-fire column – while the wide-awake Watchman on the very top of the walls’ tower…

waits…

waits…

waits…

artwork by Janet Searfoss “Juriel”

2020 VISION: Short, Sweet #13

“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel:
therefore hear the word at my mouth,
and give them warning from me.” Ez 3:17-19
     I got it wrong last night. Thought I was writing just a short, out-of-the-box, rapid-fire, flash-in-the-pan, temporary-thought-to-paper type of writing.
     What I didn’t realize it was to be a series of short, sweet thoughts leading up to the Prayer Marches that will be occurring in Washington DC on September 26. He corrected me this morning as I started my devotions.
So then the debate of what topics He wanted covered.
     I could list all the things in our world that we need to pray about? He whispered, “They know.”
     The symbolism of 19? The Vine and the Branch? “You already wrote about those,” He yawned. (I can’t believe He yawned.)
     But I didn’t mention that the Church is mentioned 19 times in Revelations and then it disappears for the rest of the Revelations, I retorted. “That’s okay, I think you just did. Think deeper, watchful.” He nudged my thoughts forward and I sunk a little deeper in my chair, flipping through my Bible and sighing.
     I think He sighed then and blew the picture of the watchman standing on the wall, blowing the shofar: “Feast of Trumpets” – “Rosh Hashanah” – “1st of Tishrei” “10 days of Mourning”. Father does that to me often. He blows pictures in my mind, and I turn them into words…as short and sweet as I can.
     So today, there is the 2020 prayer topic for the day.
To be watchful.
To stand as the watchman in the tower.
     There were always two towers in the wall at a gate. A tall place where one could look out over the countryside. To observe all that were coming and all that had entered. If 2020 has taught us anything – it is – that things are changing and we need to be watchful.
     Pray that eyes are open, and that you see the visible…and more importantly…the invisible.
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things
that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of man.”Lk 21:36
[artwork:Yoram Rannan/Constance Woods]