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“Let there be light…”

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This picture is a story that had its start almost 2 years ago now…so hold on to your seats as I share one of the “mysteries” that I am still in the middle of…

I was getting dropped off at the airport for a trip to South Africa by a dear friend, and as I was getting luggage out of the car, she said to me, “I have been praying for you, and somehow I think the Lord has a job for you in South Africa.  I saw a stream of light go from the top of Africa all the way to the tip as I was praying.”  I was surprised and told her I would be praying about her words, as I know she seeks the Lord and listens well.

About ten minutes later after checking in for my flight, an elder from our church called to pray with me about my trip.  His small group was studying light and Jesus throughout the Bible, and before praying he shared their discovery that when God said, “Let there be light” he then designated the sun to “rule” the day and the moon to “rule” the night.  It seemed to them that light and authority were connected as they studied this.  Revelation states that in heaven there is no light, as Jesus is the only light–i.e. the only authority.  Interesting…

It seemed like I was getting some sort of progressive revelation–one conversation right after the next.  Somehow the light from the top of Africa all the way to the bottom may have something to do with the authority of Jesus’ reign and rule.  I was chewing on this as I boarded my first plane.

I sat next to an engineer who was headed to Italy and he asked me where I was going (South Africa).  He pointed to the Delta flight magazine, saying South Africa was highlighted on the front of the magazine that month and maybe I should read it.  (Incidentally it should be noted that I had been flying with Delta regularly for about 17 years at this point, and I had never seen South Africa highlighted in the magazine.)  I started to read…

The article highlighted 5 cities in South Africa, one of them being Johannesburg.  In Joberg, the article highlighted a place called “The Maboneng Precinct,” a vibrant urban renewal project in a very dark and historically dangerous part of Johannesburg. The article stated that someone (a developer I think) said, “Let there be light and there was light…in downtown Johannesburg.”  I about dropped the magazine, as it was the 3rd reference to light and South Africa in the last 30 minutes…very mysterious, but I was definitely paying attention now!

I arrived in Joberg and headed to “the summit” for J-life African leaders outside of Joberg.  The J-life president opened the first session of the summit by sharing that the prayer team who had been interceding over our time had gotten a picture of lightning bolts emanating out from South Africa into the rest of Africa.  Once again, I just about fell off my chair.   What is the Lord doing here in South Africa and Africa with light/authority?  What, if anything, does it have to do with me?  Crazy…

Well, that’s the mystery part of it.  I still don’t know the answers to all of those questions.  I seem to be on a personal journey, receiving revelations for each individual step as part of some bigger plan that He alone knows.  Faith…the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.

Back to the Maboneng Precinct (the picture above)….  After this strange trip full of “light,” I really wanted to see this place–to taste and see for myself, even following it on Facebook for the last 2 years.  In August, my South African friends Sego, Gina and Smiley took me to see the Maboneng Precinct.  As we were walking around this really cool Urban renewal area right in the middle of this devastated area of Joberg, I kept asking the Lord what He wanted me to see or hear.  The message I seemed to hear repeatedly was…

“I can put light and life ANYWHERE.  It doesn’t matter how dead or devastated it seems, I am LIGHT and I am LIFE.”  (Ezekiel 37)

The mystery of my journey of “light” continues…

I proclaim, along with our Father, “Let there be LIGHT!”  May He reign and rule in South Africa and on the continent of Africa as He does in heaven!

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