Have you ever seen the movie Groundhog Day? For those of you living overseas, here’s a clip from that movie. Bill Murray is caught in a moment of time – one day that repeats itself over and over and over again. He wakes up each day and it’s 6 am. Frustration and anger rise within him and he starts to do some pretty bizarre things. It’s quite funny and one of my favorite movies.
I can relate to this movie – my own groundhog day. Waking up, hoping and believing yet nothing changes and it’s the same ole’ same ole’. Just like Bill, my nerves were on end this year and out of the abundance of my heart, negativity, complaining, and anger frequently flowed out. Then something happened. I can’t see it or prove it but just like Bill, I woke up today and knew “It’s a new day.”
In fact, several friends confirmed this on my Facebook feed, feeling the same way despite overwhelming circumstances in their own lives right now. Don’t worry if you don’t feel it or can’t relate. The prophetic needs to declare what is seen despite outward manifestations that may appear to be going in the opposite direction. It is a new day and 2015 will be an extraordinary year for many of us. Only believe. I mean, how was 2014 for you? For Marvin and I, 2014 has been like hell at times along with 2013 and 2012. It was some hard times, which we often did not talk about to many people. But we did walk it out on a daily basis. But today? It’s a new day.
So back to the movie. Eventually, Bill gets tired of the sameness, the ever-repeating day and slowly but surely, He starts to rest in the beauty of the moments. Things start to change. He gets happy and hopeful again. This is also what I did along the course of this past year. Somewhere in the midst of 2014, I realized that no matter how hard I tried, complained, got angry, nothing changed. God’s hand seemed to be restraining me for His purpose and His purpose was to teach me rest. Rest in Him. He knows me and He knows the way I walk. So I learned to rest and I am still learning this. My vision is clearing up and my hearing is also quite refined.
Then one day, Bill wakes up and the clock is not stuck on 6 am but moves to 6:01 am and 6:02, time moving forward minute by minute. He is out of the rut, the sameness. That also happened to me today. I got up, stretched and felt a bit different. I was a bit wary at first, I must admit. What is this? Joy. Peace. Rest. It is real and I can sense it.
Today – I’m awake.
Now, let me qualify some things if you appear to feel a bit wary that this may be another one of those clichéd religious words, without substance. If you have ever moved in prophetic circles over the years, words such as breakthrough, new day, revival, destiny – they’ve all been thrown out, over and over again. Over these years, I have become resistant to these clichés because over time, they seemed to be unable to hold any weight of glory in Christ. I wanted more. I wanted the person – Jesus Christ more than any thing else. These words are all meaningful but these words have their substance in Christ, the living Word. You can’t speak these words outside of the reality of Jesus Christ.
So this is what came to me on Facebook today.
Words like breakthrough, destiny, and identity – they are all very important. But, they cannot be removed from Christ as if they hold a separate identity apart from Jesus. When we get our priorities straight and our focus is corrected, extraordinary things happen.
So today I realized that I broke through the reality of the clichés into the person – Jesus and His great love for me.
It is a new day. I am not sure exactly what that means in its totality yet. It is a prophetic word for me and I hope for you too. So I declare what I see now believing it will work itself out in light and life over the coming days.
One good thing that manifested in the flow of the word. Kenya, 2015 – we finally are released to go back with the right connections and in the right time, August 2015. It did not happen in 2014 for some reason, but it’s a new day. So, in my life, the fog is lifting. The horizon is clear. The now is filled with a measure of hope. It is all in Christ.