When Noah was sixteen months old, I went to pick him up at Montessori school after an exhausting day at work. Ms. Lupe, his caretaker, pulled me off to the side with conviction in her tone.
“Ms. Holly! Today I was praying over Noah while he slept and I heard the Lord speak, clear as day. He told me to tell you to read Psalm 91.”
I furrowed my brow, “What does Psalm 91 say?”
“I have no clue! All I know is it’s yours!”
Hebrews 11:6 boldly says, “Without FAITH it’s impossible to please God!” So with my faith strapped like a shield around a solider, I got home as quickly as my legs could carry me. My exhaustion had now been replaced with excitement. I flipped through pages of my bible in search of this delicacy until I met the pleasing aroma of Psalm ninety-one.
I’m not sure, those who are reading this, if you’ve ever received what the Greek refers to as a ‘Rhema’ word? It’s when the Word of God is spoken to us for a specific occasion in our life. It’s when you are reading the Bible and the ink leaps off the page and saturates your heart (Hebrews 4:12-“The word of God is ALIVE and active). He will speak to you so personally that you will never read those verses the same again. It compels you to memorize every word while holding it close to your heart so you can speak it back to the Lord in prayer!
In those moments, face to face with Psalm ninety-one, I received a ‘Rhema’ and I cried! These are the precious moments where God pushes through the ‘religious’ walls rectified in our lives and genuine relationship and trust are birthed. It’s a moment in time where Heaven tangibly invades earth!
When my eyes landed on verse fourteen through sixteen, the Lord whispered,
“Holly, there is a time coming soon where Jason will need this promise from Me. You can trust that I will fulfill My promise to him. Hold onto Psalm 91, specifically verse 14-16 for Jason.” I used red ink to mark the date in my bible, next to Jason’s promise.
A year had quickly passed by and with no warning Jason stepped into the most terrifying season we had yet to face! His circumstance appeared practically impossible and I was immediately gripped with fear.
Instead of running to the phone and consulting a friend, I ran to the Throne and fell flat-faced to the ground. Puddles of tears were forming on my carpet.
“LORD! How did we get here? What are we supposed to do now?”
“Psalm 91,” The Lord immediately whispers to my heart!
“Oh my gosh, that’s right...Psalm 91!” I had forgotten about God's promise to Jason for such a time as this.
I grabbed my bible while trying to remember what the promise said!
Before I could read Jason’s verse, my eyes were distracted by the red ink which captured the date God originally gave me the promise!
It said, 10/25/10. With complete shock, I looked at my current calendar and it was exactly one year to the day God gave this oath to me. It was now 10/25/11. I took that as my confirmation.
“Because he (Jason) loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Every fear that I wrongly gave permission to torment me, disappeared the moment I read this (Rhema) promise! Not only did God do exactly what He guaranteed and we walked out of that season supernaturally untouched but God delivered me from the torment of fear I would have joined with until we were out of that long season!
People often admire my faith but I tell you, it was this challenging season that built my faith to the mighty giant that you see now! When you watch God perform on your behalf so intimately and precisely, your relationship with Him will never be the same!
Which leads me to today; This past season, Jason and I were struggling over believing God for something. So we began to pray and had a group of prayer warriors also praying. We were unsure if God was promising this to us! It was causing some fear and anxiety. That’s when the Lord stepped in!
During church one Sunday, Bridget, a Godly woman prophetically painted a rainbow during worship. In the Bible, a rainbow signifies a promise! At the end of church she came to the front and addressed the congregation. She said this painting was a reminder that God keeps His promises and she quoted 2 Corinthians 1:20,
“For all the promises of God are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through Him, our ‘Amen’ is spoken to the glory of God.”
She then handed the rainbow to Jason because she said the Lord told her it was for him. Little did Bridget know just how desperate we were to confirm if God’s promise was a “yes” for our current situation! We took this painting as our confirmation.
Fast forward to this week and God came through and we finally received what He promised us! Hallelujah!
You know, it’s common that when life throws you a lemon, to rationalize a quick, simple solution (to eliminate your pain) is the best recipe on how to make “lemonade!”
We desperately seek any ear to hear our frustration and like a vending machine we expect to receive in return, an immediate answer to our dilemma.
Yet keep in mind, what’s often delivered from a vending machine is subpar and rarely nutritious! When I’am given the opportunity to work alongside a woman whose still sticky from those lemons, I will always point her in the direction to find a specific promise from God that breathes HOPE into her situation! Because, when you receive a promise from God over your difficulties, it pales in comparison to any ‘good advice’ offered from a confidant. The difference is like receiving Doritos from a vending machine versus a Filet Minion from Tom Colicchio’s steakhouse. #YesAndAmen