When I was a young pup, my sister and I used to create treasure hunts for each other. I don’t remember a single prize at the end of a hunt since they were all pretty basic, but I do remember the fun of creating highly problematic clues.
Some were cheesy. “Look in the only place where money comes before work.” (The dictionary).
Others were designed to deeply irritate by exploiting the known weaknesses in the other person. “Stand on the doormat by the back door. Walk toward the jaca tree and count your paces. Then walk south an equal number of paces. Multiply the paces by four, divide by two, turn 180 degrees and walk that number of paces. Look under your feet.”
Which, if you do the math right, will put you back on the doormat where you started from and under which was the next clue which might read, “Within four inches of the tarantula nest on the fence by the mamao tree. No fair killing the tarantula first.”
Since we were a relentlessly literary family, our favorites were tiny excerpts from some story that the other person was supposed to remember. “Elementary, my dear. . . ” And everyone in our household could easily supply the next word: “Watson.”
I think we must have learned the skill of treasure hunts from God, because He is a master of doling out the clues with creativity and a double dose of parsimony.
My time with Him in early December to review the last year and get my marching orders for 2014 was sobering. Generally there are some specific assignments to be executed at my convenience during the coming year, leaving large portions of unallocated resources for me to invest in whatever way and place and person fits my design and advances the Kingdom of God.
This year, He began with some severe restrictions on my activities. Many good things that I have done for years are suddenly verboten. That was a jolt.
On top of that, I was given a formidable assignment for this year which will require my being more tightly focused than I ever have been in my wildly free-spirited life.
So, after gulping hard, I lay down on the not very user-friendly couch in that abode and began to ponder how I could make like a Noble Subject and configure my resources to get there.
As I rearranged the sundry Scrabble letters, things fell into place. This is a 1st head of Leviathan proposition.
That is the head that deals with light. In the positive numbers, if we can grossly oversimplify a huge teaching, it is about seeing and being seen because the light of God is supernaturally shining.
The first part shouts. I absolutely have some treasure hunts where I need to see hidden stuff this year.
There is one particular nut to crack where the last piece God gave me (that I recognized) was in 1991 or so. I have carried that piece around ever since, knowing there is more and more and more but not making any progress on it. But now I need that revelation in a big way.
Solution: more light on the subject.
There are several veins of ore I am mining which are proceeding nicely, but having even more light on the subject would be splendiferous in the extreme.
And I need some visibility in a couple of different areas. Specifically, there are two people here in Southern California who I need to connect with. I have no idea who they are or how I will find them, but if God were to cause my light to shine in the right sectors, it would be beyond simple!
If I could see better than I see now in my research, and if I were seen better than I am now, this year could actually be doable, without my having to work like a Hebrew slave.
So I did a credential check. Where am I in terms of earned authority in the 1st head of Leviathan? Well according to some guy who nattered away on this subject, it comes from being passionate about trying to unpack my whole identity.
Specifically, it means fulfilling assignments God gives me that will take me out of my place of strength, into a place of perceived weakness, so God can unpack stuff in me that I did not know was there.
Hmmmmm . . . that sounds a whole lot like 2013.
Again and again, God took me off the path I was on, and revealed to me there was stuff in me I did not know was there, and then released it. Because I was willing to trust Him and do as many U-turns and double reverse somersaults as necessary, He was able to draw out of me the material on Adrenals, AHS and Birthright that I did not know was there as well as my beloved little teaching on fathering that I did know was there.
Or, more to the point, the whole year of 2013, with all its weird twists and turns, was a set up for 2014. Father was positioning me to have the authority needed this year, by taking me deeper into my design and identity last year, in areas I did not know were there.
If I had taught the things I was going to teach, which I knew I knew, I would have given you some very respectable transformational information, but it would not have generated the same level of authority as I have gained by letting God take me where I did not want to go, and where I did not think I had any knowledge.
And, come to think of it, it wasn’t just last year. A whole lot of the things I have learned I had no idea were in me, but Father invited me to solve a problem I was highly incapable of solving because I did not know how to do it, and lo and behold, the answer was within me, unexpectedly.
And it isn’t just me! Megan has some serious equity in the 1st head for making the EAV machine walk and talk and dance around the issue of AHS and Leviathan.
Plus the topic she taught on last year was fully the result of her allowing God to take her to places she did not know she was equipped to go.
That was all her stuff, revelation God imprinted on her spirit before she came here, and then unpacked through her obedience in going where He took her, facing problems without me, and finding the answers.
So, back to the credential check: YES. Emphatically. SLG as a whole and Megan and I especially, have some assets in the bank, and I don’t mean Bitcoins.
It should be possible for Sapphire to become visible in all the right places, and it should be possible for me to see some good stuff as I keep my pointy little nose to the grind stone this year.
It is especially exciting to see God maneuvering me carefully this past year to add to my authority, since He clearly knew this year was coming. He is investing in making me successful.
Nonetheless, I am still intimidated by the size of the task before me this year. It is daunting and is bigger than anything I have done before.
Therefore, I am writing this wordy blog to solicit your prayers for the coming year. In a simple way, I am asking to see and be seen, in all the ways needed. God knows the details.
However, for those of you who like structure and strategy, I am planning to write weekly prayers for the issue of light.
Now please note: “planning.” This is not a social contract. It is certainly not a newyear’sresolution. It is a wish, an intent, subject to being derailed by the vicissitudes of life.
I plan to post a new one here on the blog every Sunday that I am able to, so you have fresh grist for your mill as you ask God to cause me to see and be seen, in the degree He deems right.
Now, way back in the dark ages when we were doing Ruler season intercession, we learned that prayer with commitment was more powerful than prayer without commitment.
For that reason, I am asking that those of you who wish to follow the prayer strategy I post on any given week, to rate the article using the yellow stars as a sign of support. We have a thousand who have signed up for the blog and receive every new release immediately and another thousand or two who follow intermittently.
My personal wish is to see a couple hundred people each week lean into the light prayers for Sapphire. I might be asking too much of you, since you all have a life and everyone I know has more things to pray over than they have hours in the day, but I am being uncommonly transparent and saying I feel in over my head this year, in a big way, and I would greatly appreciate a big lift from the Sapphire family, if that is appropriate.
I am not asking for any year long commitments, although I am well aware that there are some sturdy intercessors out there. But on a weekly basis, if you read the prayer strategy and it resonates with your spirit, and you can commit to pray for one week, please click the yellow stars under the title to register your one week commitment.
Now, one of the nice things about prayer is that many prayer strategies are totally portable. When I got the year-end stat report from WordPress, I was delighted to see that Sally and the Snake Pit was the most read blog of the year.
It was a really bad week for snakes the world over!
Likewise, many of you are struggling with invisibility and with not being able to see the way forward so you too could benefit from seeing and being seen. I wonder what Sapphire as a culture worldwide would look like if a lot of you leaned into these same prayers for your own journey.
For now, I am going to sign off for the evening and begin to craft the first light prayer which will post on Sunday. I will be eager (and scared) to see what kind of support I will have from the Sapphire tribe.
Copyright January 2014 by Arthur Burk