Are you willing to go off the beaten track…
go lower to the dirty earthy ground, get dangerously closer to his beating passionate heart? This is the unknown path. Away from success, formulas and man pleasing and going along with the crowd. Away from what is popular or normal. It’s the way of the mystics of old and the Enoch generation rising on the earth. Away from the limelight and predictable flows, away from what’s acceptable or the wisdom of this world.
A lifestyle where nothing is in your hands but the One thing that really counts.
In this place of exile you cleave because Papa becomes you’re only source of life & joy. In this place you don’t know what will happen – you may even suffer much pain and misunderstanding but if he’s with you it doesn’t seem to matter the same anymore. Even pain becomes a friend that pushes you deeper into the burning centre of his being and you don’t want it to stop until it’s done its full work.
Many have walked this way before off the beaten track, rugged strange people who shaped generations in an upside down way with an upside down kingdom. The prophets, the desert fathers, the celtic saints, and other rare people in history that shone and dared to believe the unbelievable. People that shaped history without compromising to the status quo and apathy of their times. Burning. The world had no grip on them. Jesus freaks… the Freaky Ones.
We don’t really know what is coming, how it will come or where we will go but what we do know is the future is not like the past and we are living during the biggest transition since the reformation. God is thrusting his people into exile from what is known and understood. A place of exile. From this place will be birthed a day of great awe and wonders like has not been seen since the time of Moses. A greater glory.
In exile like John on the island of Patmos you see the Lord like you’ve never seen him before with white hair, burning fire and a sword. When you’re pushed out of the boat and swallowed by a whale you find you are spat out at the door of destiny and change history and save a city. When you’re sold as a slave and taken to a foreign land you end up becoming the answer for the needs of a nation and your family.
History makers are birthed out of adversity.
History makers are birthed out of exile.
This is the unknown path.
Losing everything but gaining it All.
Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:12