Our True Colors: The Blue Garden (Part 4)
The leaves on most hardwood trees are green during the spring and summer. As they produce food the chlorophyll causes them to appear green, but when the growing season is over, the green color disappears and the true colors of the leaves, which were always present but hidden under the green, are finally revealed. This pattern in nature symbolizes our experience as followers of Yeshua. In our lives in the physical realm, we are toiling, often while enduring trials, attacks and hardships of various kinds. Our bodies and our souls can become scarred and marred. We lose sight of who we are in Yeshua. However, as we die to ourselves and yield to Yeshua, our “true colors” are revealed. This article is the fourth in a series of eight articles entitled “Our True Colors”. It is based on revelation I received in my daily excursions to Heaven. It is my sincere hope that you will find comfort and encouragement in this series.
As is the case with many others, I have experienced decades of heartache, rejection, loss, and pain. I recently experienced encounters with Yeshua where He removed my pain and the false image of myself that I had assumed was my identity. He replaced the lies with what I now call my “true colors”. In Heaven there are many gardens, lakes, rivers, and so on, but in this series of articles I will focus on eight gardens that surround a beautiful lake. Each garden has a predominant color and can be used for healing specific types of soul wounds. Each time I visited a garden, I saw different things. Sometimes there were different flowers, or I might see birds or butterflies or gemstones. The gemstones were sometimes scattered loosely on the ground. At other times they made up a path or even a piece of furniture, such as a chair or table. Each thing I saw, smelled, tasted or felt addressed a specific need. Sometimes there is fruit to eat, water to drink or even a special drink that Yeshua Himself makes for your healing. He makes it from the flowers and plants in the garden.
In the blue garden there is tranquility. In fact, tranquility seems to be the essence of this garden. Here is where all anxiety, fretfulness, and chaos dissolve and are replaced by the “peace that passes all understanding.” Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ (Phil 4:6-7) In this garden is the source of all inspiration from Yehovah.
The blue garden is the Seat of Rest. From this place, Abba, Yeshua, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) operate. Yehovah is on His throne at all times caring for His creation, holding everything together. Here He judges all creation. Here He is intimately involved with all aspects of creation from the most macro level to the most micro level. Yet, there is always calm and order. Everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Yehovah does not have any “off” days or even “off” moments.
We are called to operate from this place, from the Seat of Rest. How do we do this? We stay focused on Yehovah. We know that Yeshua did this while He was on earth because He said that He does what He sees His Father doing (John 5:19). How would He know what His Father is doing if He wasn’t focused on His Father?
We must consult our Father first thing every morning and ask Him to order our day. Before we plunge into the busyness of each day, we should take a moment to ask Father for our assignments. Most of us are not accustomed to operating this way, so it takes some effort to remember to stop and ask before we dive into action. By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me (John 5:30).
It has been customary for many of us to take on a project that seems to be advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. It seems like a great project, so we should hop on the bandwagon, right? Actually, before taking on the project, we should inquire of Abba if it is one of our assignments. It most likely is a very worthwhile project and it is no doubt someone’s assignment, but is it my assignment?
Many years ago, I felt frustrated because we didn’t seem to fit in anywhere. Many things seemed to be “off” for us. I asked Abba why this was happening. He raised me up to His shoulders and said, “Look at this from My perspective. I am orchestrating all these things. Your job is to do the assignments I give to you. Do not worry about what others are doing or what they think of you.”
I then had an image of someone in charge of a school play, assigning some people to acting roles, others to creating scenery and background, others to work on costumes, and so on. If everyone decides to act, what will happen to the scenery or the costumes? What about sound and lighting? All are important jobs and every job must be done in order for the whole production to go well. In other words, find out your assignment and stick to it.
In our imperfect world, we will be challenged by difficult situations and difficult people even if we are doing our true assignments. We must learn not to react to the difficulties, because by doing so we are empowering them further. By getting entangled with the difficulties, we will get off-task. Instead, if we take the difficulties to Yehovah and focus on Him, we will retain our peace that passes all understanding. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Is. 26:3).