How are you? Hope you had or are having a good day, today?
I think it was late August or early September this year when I watched The Old Testament Survey, the online class by Pastor John Fenn. In a class on Genesis, he talked about Abraham. He said (I paraphrase) that considering 175 years of Abraham’s lifespan at that time, his waiting for the fulfillment of the promise for 25 years would be equivalent to around 12~13 years of waiting in our lifetime (assuming 87~88 years of life expectancy). And like Abraham, we learn to walk in faith and believe the Lord. And there was different confirmation from the Lord to Abraham down the road and He willingly confirmed His Words over and over, as in Genesis chapter 15, 17, and 18. And he went on to say for some of us, we have received His promise from the Lord and it’s been a while. And it is ok to ask the Lord confirmation on His promise. Even if we received confirmation before, it’s ok to ask Him second or third confirmation. It really spoke to me and encouraged me. So, I thought I would ask Him to confirm His promises. Though I received confirmation from Him earlier, as Pastor John encouraged, I asked Him again about three things. Soon enough, I felt He was telling me on one of the three. Then, I thought of the prophetic painting that I ordered to Irene Wong, an artist in Singapore, earlier this year. I used to buy her paintings, including prophetic paintings for my family and friends, in order to bless them as well as her. Then, probably March this year, I asked her whether I could receive another prophetic painting for myself for a new season. I already received one in 2016 when I lived in Singapore. Thus, I asked her whether she paints multiple prophetic paintings for one person in different seasons. I don’t chase after personal prophecy anymore since His chastisement, and He knows my heart. I thought of whom else I would give a prophetic painting for a gift. Then, from the experience in the past, I was worried about the case when they would receive the Words that may not be pleasing to their ears, though the Words are true and Irene has been very accurate. I wouldn’t want to waste my money on recipients who would not be ready nor appreciative to receive the Words. It would be like giving pearls to swine. While considering all this, I wanted to receive another prophetic painting for myself in a new season so that I asked Irene. I was glad to hear she would paint another for me, and I ordered one for myself. It was expected to come by the end of May, but due to her exhibition and others, later she said she would do it in August ~ September. And I thought everything was under His control and there would be reasons for everything including the time of receiving the painting with His Words. Then, after I asked Him another confirmation on His promises, a thought came to me, “Maybe He would give me confirmation through Irene’s painting.” Then, on September 25th, Sunday, I took a nap after lunch. And later I found out Irene had texted me with the picture of the painting and His Words, during my nap. It was totally unexpected. And she was so kind and sweet, saying she would like to give me the painting as an early Christmas gift and I don’t have to pay for it. But, I insisted that I would pay for it, quoting the King David’s comment partially and improperly, “I won’t receive His blessings that cost me nothing.” :-) Not only that, she asked me whether I know someone in Singapore who would travel to Seoul and deliver the painting to me, saying it is light. I felt so amazed, as she asked it. Indeed, my friend in Singapore who introduced Irene to me planned to travel here to Seoul in October. God is good all the time. He saved me the shipping cost with this late arrival of His Words!
When I finally looked at the painting and read His Words, I was in awe and so touched by the Father’s goodness. The title of the painting was Divine Acceleration with the Words from the Bible:
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. (Isaiah 58:8)
And I stood in awe, going on to read the prophetic words, “God is extending toward you & leading you to a time of divine acceleration entering into the promise He has given you.” Reading through all the words, I was simply amazed and grateful to see Him faithfully confirm His promises. He heard my prayer. He already knew everything and orchestrated it so that the painting was delayed from May. He did it, to give another confirmation, when I asked Him in August or September. What a wonderful Father we have!
Not only His Words, but also the painting itself gave me such an assurance and comfort. It painted a girl flying sitting on the Eagle. It reminded me of the dream I had in 2006, just before I started to work for a new company, the pharmaceutical company, my second employer. In the dream, I was flying, sitting on a white animal looking like a polar bear. In the beginning I was afraid. But once I totally relied on him, leaning on him, I felt his furs soft and warm, and then I was able to enjoy flying, comforted and overjoyed. I felt the dream was from the Lord and He wanted to comfort me, before I started to work for the new company. Just like the dream, when I looked at Irene’s painting, I felt assured and comforted. In addition, I felt the joy and excitement of the girl sitting on the Eagle, our Lord Who knows what He is doing and where He is going. I couldn’t thank Him enough for the unexpected gift, while I fell asleep in the nap. When I shared all of this behind story with Irene, she was also marveled and encouraged.
And His goodness didn’t end there. Not only through the prophetic painting with His Words, but through YouTube, He gave me confirmation on one of the three I asked Him. The videos I watched had nothing to do with algorithm, as I didn’t type any of the words I asked the Father for confirmation, in any of my gadgets. I simply visited a music channel and a cooking channel. In both channels, I was amazed to see a background picture and read a channel owner’s article that exactly confirmed one of His promises. And another confirmation through a video in shorts. They were all totally unexpected. I was amazed by His kindness.
You might also feel like Abraham, after you received His promise long ago, but you see nothing come to pass yet. I would like to encourage you to ask Him confirmation. He is a good good Father. He wants to speak to His children and His friends. He may speak to you through dreams, YouTube, advertisement, news headlines, or unexpected gifts from family or friends, or through an encounter with someone you never met before. We don’t confine Him into our box. I sometimes smile at His sense of humor. He is unexpected yet always good and faithful. I often imagine He is smiling at us, after He surprises and moves us into tears by His goodness. Friend, it’s my prayer that we as the children of Abraham trust the God of Abraham, Who is always faithful.
Have a bliss!
PS)As I wasn’t sure whether I used the title “Abraham” in my previous blogs, I searched “Abraham” before posting this, and found a blog, “Promise Keeper 2.” As I was not able to remember what I wrote in it (due to my aging :)), I clicked it and read it. Thankfully, I was encouraged by reading my own writing. I wrote the blog for you, but I found myself comforted and edified. Praise God for His kindness and patience! The Scriptures I shared in that blog were also encouraging and assuring.
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”