I’ve been having issues at home lately with my wi-fi. Now with so many people working from home during this virus, my internet speed seems much slower than usual! I run an online ministry, so needless to say I cannot afford to have dodgy internet speeds.
This morning I was meant to do an online teaching over Facebook live, and since I was already out-and-about I figured I’d record the live video from the top of a parking tower at a local shopping center. Not only is the wi-fi strong at this center, but I knew that if I were to record from the top of the tower, I’d also probably have less live interruptions from people and dogs barking (which is a normal thing at my house).
After 45 minutes on top of this tower, I felt like I had downloads from Heaven! The downloads didn’t come because I was physically higher up, but because God literally changed my perspective while I was there. I was positioned at a parking spot that overlooked the Brisbane CBD area, as well as the river, as well as some local apartment complexes and parks. It was a stunning view, and the Lord spoke to me clearly about what I was looking at while up on that high place.
First of all, I could see farther and more clearly than if I had been a few levels down. Even one more level down and I could not have seen the lovely ferries going back and forth across the Brisbane River. I could have seen the tall, looming skyscrapers and probably even some of the heavy traffic on the main drive, but I would not have seen the river.
He then showed me a small group of people standing around at the bus stop near the bottom of the parking tower. They were waiting on a bus, and many of them were anxiously looking at watches and phones every few moments. If I was down below, even just two levels down, I would have been able to see these anxious people, but I wouldn’t have been able to see that their bus was actually stuck in traffic.
On the top of the tower I was positioned to see the situation “on the ground,” so to speak, but I could also see the cause and effect of the situations as well as the solution. In this case, the solution was a broken-down car that needed to be pushed out of the road so that the traffic could flow freely and the bus would be on time – yet the people at the bus stop could only see that their bus was running behind. I could see everything happening because where I stood on the tall tower.
You can easily pull the analogies and prophetic metaphors out so I won’t explain it further. However, I wanted to share one part of this experience “up high” that really stuck with me. I believe it will also stick with you, especially in this particular time of history.
God drew my attention to the fact that I was up high and could see so much. He then reminded me of the watchmen on the walls, which are found all throughout scripture (see Isaiah 62:6; Ezekiel 3:17; Psalm 130; Habakkuk 2:1, just to name a few). The watchmen are up high and can see the full landscape.
They, just like me in that moment, could see the situation on the ground as well as the reasons for hold-ups, for the “traffic” and for all the noise. They could also see the enemy’s camp and what he was up to.
When we are up high and can see the landscape before us, the temptation is always to keep our focus on the enemy’s camp. Yet the Lord has actually called us high for a reason, and our assignment goes beyond just eye-balling what the enemy is doing. He also calls us to look to the horizon, to see the sun rising upon the earth.
We get the honor of being up high and seeing not only what the enemy is doing, but especially what GOD is doing! We don’t focus on the broken-down car or the traffic it causes – we focus on JESUS, who we are already seated with in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).
We get to call forth the Light to drive away the darkness, and we get to remain high above the chaos below.
There will always be an invitation to go up higher. This time period in history, however, needs us to actually accept that invitation. The Lord has been reminding me to not be distracted by the darkness, but to keep my eyes on the horizon.
May we continue to keep our eyes up HIGH and on what God is doing, and not focused on the darkness.
May Jesus SHINE brighter than ever!
And if you’re having wi-fi issues, I suggest you find a tall parking tower. I promise, God will meet you there (smile)!
~ Mandy Woodhouse