Set Apart

A Set-Apart Season…

Some choose it
Some resist it
Some make the best of it!

God has been speaking to me lately about A “Set-Apart Season”.

As I kept seeing and hearing that word I felt like I was somehow missing God’s Divine Download on this subject and wondering why He spoke the words – …some choose it, some resist it, some make the best of it.

I began seeking Him deeper about it and got a vision of Butterflies.

My daughter likes to plant milkweed plants and that attracts the caterpillars and they eat it up and store it and she plucks them fat little wormy guys up and sets them apart in her aquariums for them to do their magic.

But despite the gold spun threaded cocoons and the beautiful butterfly emerging in brilliant colors – the vision that God kept taking me to was the time I witnessed the beautiful butterflies hatching or transforming and it was not a very pretty sight.

They actually bleed- as they are thrusting in the cocoon to come out and the cocoon is pretty wrecked when all done but that butterfly finally emerges -but it’s wings are still wet and must dry before it can began to fly.

So it just flaps its wings over and over –
kind of a mundane boring motion but it can’t be rushed, they must be dry in order to fly.

So, let’s go to simple definitions; that is usually how God helps me unpack….

Many view “Set Apart” negatively as being isolated, detached, secluded, or alone.

In Christian circles that term “Set Apart” means to usually go deeper with God to get clarity or direction.

The basic definition is:
Set Apart – set someone or something apart to make different and special.

In Jeremiah 1:5 we read that God meant “Set Apart” as chosen, handpicked, special, with a purpose.

“Before I created you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I set you apart; I made you a prophet to the nations.”

So why was God saying to me…
Some choose it
Some resist it
Some make the best of it?

Why the butterfly vision?

Let’s look at the many definitions to the word “Set”:

Set=to adjust
Set=to restore to a proper and normal state when dislocated or broken
Set=to concentrate on a purpose or goal
Set=to cause to sit (wait)

Some of us do choose a “Set-Apart Season”.
We need a time of waiting on God, to give us clear direction. Sometimes it’s a time to remove the distractions of the world so we can be restored to our proper and normal state when broken or slightly dislocated.

Many of us resist a Set-Apart Season and are not too happy when we are forced into it by sickness, circumstances, divorce or even death.

I was forced into a “Set-Apart Season” by my husband’s recent surgery. This week I was further thrust into a “Set-Apart Season” by being sick.

Was I making the best of it?
No- sadly I was not.

It brought up how selfish I can be when having to care and wait and serve someone else 24/7.

It brought up how much I complain about my pain and sickness instead of focusing on God’s promises.

It had me resentful that I had to sit and wait and let my children serve me and not get my house cleaned up and organized for upcoming company.

And many of us are forced today too in the current lockdowns and quarantines of Covid -19.

So that is what God was downloading…

We can choose a “Set-Apart Season”, we can resist the “Set-Apart Season” that feels forced upon us, or we can make the best of the “Set-Apart Season” we find ourselves in and wait and sit with God and allow Him to adjust and restore us.

Think about what could be a “Set-Apart Season” in your life and if you will choose it, resist it or embrace it to allow God to make the best out of you through it.

And now back to the butterfly-

Don’t try to rush the process.

We must feed on the Word, (like the milkweed) to prepare ourselves for the “Set-Apart Season”

We must trust God in the weaving of our cocoons but don’t get so comfortable with them that we resist the coming out part. Some butterflies die in the cocoon state and never emerge transformed.

We will have to endure the thrashing and transformation process. Yes, we will bleed some. That is what it takes to form us and restore us.

And we must not forget to wait and sit to dry our wings fully before we emerge and are able to fly again.

Let’s harness this time we have been given to let it transform us!

~ XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom restoredministries.org

This is a recycle but a good word still during these times.

The Love Of God

The Love of God… Do we truly understand this? Do we allow ourselves to be embraced by it?

Psalm 136:6 “to him who spread out the earth on the water, for his grace continues forever;” Tehillim (Psa) 136:6 CJB

“to him who spread out the earth above the waters, for his steadfast love endures forever;” Psalm 136:6 ESV

“To him who formed dry ground, raising it up from the sea! His tender love for us continues on forever!” Psalms 136:6 TPT

One of my favorite hymns is The Love of God. Every time I hear it I realize once again how much HE LOVES ME! I was reminded of it again the other day when I read the blog about “A Warm Embrace.” For me, being able to see the Mediterranean Sea every day from my window is a blessing. It is another reminder to me about how vast and unending His LOVE is.

Here are the words to the song:

The love of God is greater far

Than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

And reaches to the lowest hell;

The guilty pair, bowed down with care, God gave His Son to win;

His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!

How measureless and strong!

It shall forevermore endure—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,

And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall, When men who here refuse to pray, On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,

All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—

The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

Were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above

Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

Though stretched from sky to sky.

—Frederick M. Lehman 1917

v. 3 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, 1050

(Frederick Lehman tells us that verse 3 “had been found penciled on the wall of a patient’s room in an insane asylum after he had been carried to his grave.” While it is only supposition that he was the one who adapted the Jewish author’s poem to leave us these well-known lines, if the account is true it shows in any case that he highly esteemed the message.)

The world is in quarantine. Shut down. Locked up. BUT, HIS LOVE is still around us. HIS LOVE will NEVER leave us. Let yourself rest in that fact today. REFRESH yourself in HIS embrace.

I have copied two links to this hymn. One I like because it has great verses about the LOVE of God at the end of it. The other one is just a simple version, but sometimes simple is powerful… I pray that one, or both, blesses you and wraps you in HIS LOVE today.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

The Love Of God

Photo by Tim Marshall on Unsplash

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgdbx-5PDuA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qPoEnUosRQ