We do a lot of reverse engineering here. When something goes right, we try to figure out what we accidentally did right, so we can do it again intentionally. We scored a big insight today, compliments of Holt.
What was going right was this window of reconciliation with our destiny. It runs from December 10th to 30th each year. More teaching about that can be found here.
The short version is that during this window of time there is extra grace to reconcile with those issues from our past that have held us back, as well as to move toward God’s destiny for us in the future.
Every year I sit back and watch God do fun stuff. We just never know what amazing tool He will use to dissolve the knots from the past or to make a way for someone when there is no way to go forward.
But this year has been stellar. More people than typical have had good lurches, and the things God has done have been stunningly complex and beautiful.
So we wondered!
What makes this year different? Can we bottle this so next year we have another stellar year?
The answer came today from Holt’s wise perspective, but first a bit of background.
When I came to understand the Mercy Season, the markings were unmistakable. What I saw shifting in many ministries back in February of 2004 fit the pattern I saw in Scripture quite precisely.
I became puzzled though when I saw that it remained a very small stream and never got traction in the culture. I knew that the pattern was right and the fruit was very good for those who were embracing the Mercy Season, whether individually or corporately, but had no explanation for why it did not go mainstream.
This year, we noticed a dramatic shift beginning during the spring with many ministries getting traction with Mercy Season dynamics. Again, the question was, “Why now?”
My hypothesis is that it has to do with the issue of firstfruits. In an orchard, the firstfruits crop is usually smaller than the eventual harvests from the mature orchard, but the first crop is proof that the trees are viable.
God was very clear that the firstfruits of the field and the womb belong to Him.
What about the firstfruits of time?
It is my current theory that the first seven years of the Mercy Season were a firstfruits unto the Lord. There was enough fruit visible to unequivocally prove the viability of the season, but it did not go mainstream because it was not supposed to — yet!
But in February of 2011 the first seven years of the Mercy Season were up and God began to push His agenda and widen the stream of individuals and institutions, religious or secular, who were shaped and propelled by the Mercy Season.
Holt suggested that the reason this window of reconciliation was so superlative is because it was the first one with the multiplier effect of the full Mercy Season stream.
If that is so, it then raises a very interesting question. Was this year remarkable on a one time basis because it was the first one? Or will every December window of reconciliation in the future be turbo charged?
Not sure. Just lovin’ the dramatic shifts in this window.
Copyright December 2011 by Arthur Burk
From the Quarterdeck, in Anaheim