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The Parable: Convergence And The Scared Caterpillar

(DREAM-MAKER:)

Fear only one thing little one. Fear displeasing Me.

CATERPILLAR:

I do, Dream-Maker, I do!

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(DREAM-MAKER:)

That is the only good fear little one.

It will keep you humble. It will keep you

hungry for righteousness.

CATERPILLAR:

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(DREAM-MAKER:)

Everywhere you go little one. Everywhere you go. My Spirit will empower you. I will release rivers of Living Water from you. My favor will cover you—opening doors, that right now, you can’t imagine. Remember caterpillar, it is only your responsibility to,

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CATERPILLAR:

 

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(DREAM-MAKER:)

I will caterpillar. I won’t fail you.

Come it’s time to go.”

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The Parable: A Calm Caterpillar

(DREAM-MAKER:)

Soon.

CATERPILLAR:

Soon? What does that mean? Soon? When is, soon?

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I’ve been waiting a long time—I mean,

I’ve been in here

a long,

long,

long time.

 

(DREAM-MAKER:)

Patience.

CATERPILLAR:

k5961793Okay… (sigh)

I’ll calm down.

I’ll be patient, but I’m just saying,

it’s been a long time. In a very tight space.

I can’t move it’s so tight!

 

(DREAM-MAKER:)

Sing Me your song.

CATERPILLAR:

Song?

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You know the one.

CATERPILLAR:

Ummmm, okay. Let’s see…

Dear God above, the source of Love, please here me when I call

With colors gay, begin today, to make me something new.

swirlnotes1redLet me sing, on gossamer wings, to dreamers—not a few;

A song to show, that all things low, can miracles believe,

If they will shed, all fear and dread, and new dreams now receive!

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The Parable: A Fearful Climb

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CATERPILLAR:

Oh, dear… oh, dear…

This thing You ask…

It is too much!

Remember me? I am only a tiny worm… that is all.

Fragile, Dream-Maker… easily broken.

Have You forgotten?

tree barkOh, dear. This tree…

This bark… it is too rough!

It hurts my feet!

How can I climb a thing so BIG?

CATERPILLAR:

Oh, dear… what if I slip? What if I fall?

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Are you listening to me Dream-Maker?

If I fall? I shall be squished!! 

What then? What then?

Oh, what shall become of squished worm with squished dreams?!

I can’t look down…

I can’t look down…

 

(DREAMMAKER:)

Climb or die.

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CATERPILLAR:

Climb or die

     climb or die

          This is too hard!

You ask too—MUCH!

 

 

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Note To My Darling Caterpillar,

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Sweet-Heart…

Impossible?

(For you, yes.)

Only a Powerful Creator-King can give you wings.

But, there is more…

(Much more.)

These wings will take you higher than you’ve ever been before, and you shall see, far and wide…

You shall have eyes with heaven’s perspective.

Wings are an awesome gift but that gift comes with tremendous responsibilities.

Your prayers for wings meant more (much more). You needed new eyes to see as heaven does; new ears to hear their cries; a new heart to understand their hearts.

(…all this takes place in dark tight places.)

These are the treasures of darkness.

If you will  believe.

If you will trust.

If this is still your prayer Caterpillar?

Consider it done!

Come.

 

WORDS TO HIDE IN YOUR HEART

I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places…

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3 and I will give you the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, Yahweh, who call you by your name, even the God of Israel.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Within

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I AM here—within.

Speaking.

Always speaking to the ones who have ears to hear; to those who have feet that are willing to obey My word.

Yes, I am hard to hear.

You must get still.

You must shut off the noise.

You must meet Me in silence.

(Something you run from.)

You are terrified of the silence and so you fill your ears with endless noise!

Truly Caterpillar, I am never silent…

I am always speaking to the ones who have ears to hear…

Heart’s stilled in silence, to receive.

I am Your King Caterpillar! Your Dream-Maker! Each and every day you may be received by Me. You are welcomed to an audience with Your King, but you do not set the protocol, I do.

Come humble; penitent.

Come confident; praising.

Come for cleansing, thanking… then, listen.

After all of this, then… then, ask boldly!

Your King Above All Kings,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

…help me!

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive his mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.  Hebrews 4:16Hebrews 4:16
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16 Let us therefore draw near with boldness to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace for help in time of need.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Focus

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Where those eyes of yours focus?

That is where you will go.

The choice is yours each and every day.

What are you looking at?

No… really think about this… what are you primarily focused on? The answer to that question will answer many of the questions you’ve been asking Me.

You accuse Me of silence.

Where are your eyes focused?

On Me?

(We both know the answer to that one!)

When you choose to focus on the darkness; when you choose to follow that path for your feet… you wonder that The Light chooses silence?

My silence is the only thing that gets that focus of yours back where it belongs… on Me.

Seek Me with your whole heart Caterpillar… you will find Me.

I am right where I have always been…

Your Instructor and Teacher,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Breathe on these dry bones?

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.       Matthew 6:6Matthew 6:6
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6 But you, when you pray, enter into your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Remember With Me

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My Dearest Caterpillar,

Remember when you first asked Me to take you up to the clouds?

“…rainbows height.” you prayed.

Remember?

You looked at yourself (judging correctly) that you did not have what it takes for skimming rainbows.

Remember?

You cried. You begged Me, “…to make you something new.”

Remember?

And so, I listened to your prayers…

I said, “This caterpillar seeks and searches for Me, with all its heart. Yes, a weakling frail and small, today… Ahhhh, but with so much potential!

I said, “This caterpillar has found favor with Me, for I have sworn by Myself, that I would be found by every searching heart!”

I said, “I must hearken to this caterpillar’s prayers!”

You bound Me by My promise little worm… and so we began this journey, to transform you… to give you wings.

The prayer was yours.

But, the process? The procedures? The place?

Those are Mine!

Your Undaunted Designer,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Abba, change me!

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.

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12 You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says Yahweh, and I will turn again your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says Yahweh; and I will bring you again to the place from where I caused you to be carried away captive.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Wormy Thinking

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Caterpillar…

Your view of the world is covered in mud!

Your perspective has become too narrow.

You are judging your life (and Me) based on what you see…

And you see… so little.

If you judge your future by your present “view” of things, you will always come to the wrong conclusions…

About you, about Me, about life!

What you see today is just a small piece of your journey.

When you go down a road, do you judge your destination by what the beginning stretch of the road looks like? Do you look around and say, “Ah… I see.”

Each part of your journey is essential to your ultimate destination.

You think to judge yourself (and what I am doing in you) by today’s “worms-eye-view?” You think you can see, all I have in My plan and purpose, by your tenure in this vineyard? Only one stretch of the road caterpillar… only one, stretch of the road.

Your broken heart clouds your eyes.

Your Faithful Guide,

The Dream-Maker

 

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Show me which way to go and I will go there?

 WORDS TO REMEMBER:

“And now my life drains out,
    as suffering seizes and grips me hard.
Night gnaws at my bones;
    the pain never lets up.
I am tied hand and foot, my neck in a noose.
    I twist and turn.
Thrown facedown in the muck,
    I’m a muddy mess, inside and out.”

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16 “Now my soul is poured out within me. Days of affliction have taken hold on me. 17 In the night season my bones are pierced in me, And the pains that gnaw me take no rest. 18 By great force is my garment disfigured. It binds me about as the collar of my coat. 19 He has cast me into the mire. I have become like dust and ashes.

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Notes To My Caterpillar: Truth

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My Dearest Caterpillar,

Finally

You and I arrive at truth.

(Truthfully, I’ve been here all along.)

I have been right here waiting… at Rock-Bottom-Truth… for you.

(Oh, My Beloved Caterpillar!)

How I long for you to see yourself as you will be. Not a worm crawling about in the muck of anger and bitterness… but up in the heavens, skimming the clouds; swimming in rainbows!

When did you stop believing?

A long way back!

You surrendered your hopes, your dreams, your expectations when you arrived…

Remember?

You hate it here?

(I know.)

You hate Me for bringing you here?

(Yes, I know.)

Now you do, too. No more holding it in… no more fists clenched in silent rage…

Now, we can begin to build on a firm foundation of Truth.

No other foundation will stand the test of where you and I are headed.

Your Heart’s Desire,

The Dream-Maker

REMEMBER YOUR PRAYER…

Lead me to my purpose LORD. Give me a place to stand and I will shake the earth?

WORDS TO REMEMBER:

“… you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32John 8:32
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32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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Designer Dungeons

027aa9fa73140da2048987f35b3e8b8cJeremiah is a great friend of mine. We have spent many days together talking about God and our dungeon experiences.

He comforts me. He sent me notes of encouragement from so many centuries before, yet his frustrations, are as current as yesterday’s battles.

Yes, he is a great friend of mine.

While he pours out his frustrations in Lamentations chapter three, I listen, and I nod “yes” in all the appropriate places.

A good friend does that.

His dungeon is quite different from mine. His—designed for him—mine designed for me.  And the God who sees and hears, and knows everything, knows just what we need to get us from anger and frustration, to hope and trust. Jeremiah’s is tailor-made for him. Mine is tailor-made for me.

Your dungeon? Yes, it is tailor-made for you and of God’s knowing and choosing.

I know, you think yours is the worst. Jeremiah thought his was. I think mine is. But no, each one, each captivity is designed specifically for the one it encloses; designed to bring us to the end of ourselves and face-to-face with God.

It is love that closes us in.

Oh, I know. I didn’t think so at first. Jeremiah didn’t either, but after the caterpillar begins to adjust:

⦁ to the tight space
⦁ to the dark place

After he has:

⦁ made his case
⦁ and surrendered his race

He searches:

⦁ for God’s face
⦁ and finds God’s grace

And he discovers his custom cocoon? His designer dungeon? Though snug in spots, fits him like a glove.

And remember little caterpillar. Though tight and dark your cocoon may be—it is the place where wings are formed!

The DREAM~MAKER’S Promise:

He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy.                Lamentations 3:7Lamentations 3:7
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7 He has walled me about, that I can’t go forth; he has made my chain heavy.

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A Caterpillar’s Prayer:

Father, when life seems to close in around us; when the darkness of despair threatens to suffocate all that desires Your will above all else, then Father, then come to our aid! Remind us in the very tight places, that You love us with an everlasting love, and nothing can shake that. Remind us that this is the very place Your wisdom has chosen for us; our cocoon to transform us; to form wings of destiny for Your plan and purpose.
Oh Abba… help us, when we forget.