Get ready for a whole entire blog filled with spiritual metaphors that came out of a vision God gave me! Before you read it however, I just want to share this disclaimer that while getting a vision from God can definitely be a very spiritual experience, one does not have to be super spiritual, or in some super spiritual state to hear from God in this way. He is always speaking to our heads, hearts, and all around us! The vision I describe here was just as simple as me focusing on the Lord, seeing this picture in my mind, thinking it was weird, and then realizing because of all the symbolism that it was probably God. If you’re interested in learning how God speaks to you personally, I would highly recommend the workbook Empower Yourself in the Holy Spirit by Sally Hanan which taught me how to engage with God in the primary way He speaks to me (visually!). Educate yourself! 🙂
A couple weekends ago, I went to a conference in Hurst called Encounter, and as I was closing my eyes and simply focusing on Jesus during worship, He gave me this vision:
I was crawling on extremely dusty ground behind Jesus Who was in a white robe with bare feet. He was walking full speed ahead and I was so close to Him that the dust of His feet was kicking up in my face, and I was being engulfed in clouds of it! My eyes were locked on His feet, and every time He took a step, I was somehow able to pick up His footprints and EAT them. Yeah, you heard me – His footsteps were my food. And if that wasn’t weird enough, every time I would eat one, I would start glowing!
Yeah, this is definitely something I could not make up on my own. 🙂 However, as I began to ask God about it, He revealed way too much for me to keep it to myself, and I don’t believe it was just for me. Here is the interpretation, and let me know if it speaks to you like it does me!
He is teaching us how to be humble
At first, I was a little bit hurt that I was not only behind Jesus and not face to face, but that I was actually crawling on the ground, and His feet were kicking clouds of dust in my face! However, my sweet brother who is currently in an Internship at our church (Church Eleven32) showed me something that he learned recently about ancient rabbinical leadership. In Jewish tradition, when speaking to disciples, they would use the adage: “May you be covered in the dust of your Rabbi,” which basically means:
May you follow your Teacher’s footsteps so closely that you are overtaken by the clouds of dust kicked up by their feet.
To crawl behind the dust of Jesus’ feet is not dishonorable. It is, in fact, the highest honor because it means that you are not concerned with yourself – how you look, or what people think of you – but you are humbly laying your life down and moving forward in step with Him. The King of the Universe deserves a posture of praise and humility! We can praise Him all day long, but what does true honor and praise look like to God but to take even the most humbling of steps He asks of us?
A month before I had this vision, I had a little internal battle with the Lord when He asked me to do something I have always said I would never do. I actually told the Lord, “You know I don’t want this to be a part of my story!” to which He replied, “You will do everything I tell you, but you don’t want to right now because you’ve made an idol of your story.” Ouch. If that’s not a hit to my pride and a call to repentance, I don’t know what is. He showed me that obedience to God kills pride and births humility. After all, obedience wouldn’t be true obedience if it was only ever what we wanted to do in the first place. It is humbling! So, I told the Lord I loved Him more than my story, and I would obey Him, to which He didn’t have to say anything, but out of His abundant kindness He whispered, “You’re going to love the story I give you.” 🙂
I believe that sometimes God just wants to remind us that we’re not too good for ANYTHING He asks us to do. Even still, He doesn’t ask us to do things in vain. There is purpose in every step He asks of us so He is therefore deserving of the steps we don’t understand yet.
He is calling us to eat His Word
Now to get to the weird part of the vision. The footsteps of Jesus were edible to me! So what does this mean? I believe this is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to be one with Jesus: not only following His every step, but actually devouring His footsteps, a.k.a. His Word, and wanting to be just like Him! Every step I ate then caused me to glow from the inside-out.
Track with me for a second…
If Psalm 119:105 says His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, and Jesus is the Light of the world…as we consume and follow His Word (His every step laid out for us), we become His light too!
Let that sink in. What an honor it is to have everything I ever need to know to live a life that’s pleasing to Him already laid out for me in His Word. He makes it so easy!
He is leading us through the wilderness
Finally, I believe Jesus was leading me on dry and dusty ground because He wanted to encourage me, and you, that He is showing us the way through whatever season we find ourselves in, one step at a time. Even though I couldn’t see His face, I inherently knew in my vision that He was smiling, and considering me as He took His steps. When I stay low, keep in step with His pace, and keep my eyes on His feet: where He walks, I will walk, what He does, I will do, and what He says, I will say. It’s a given, because my eyes are fixed on Him. I won’t be distracted by the things to my right or to my left, things in front or things behind. When I look at the Lord, my eyes are on the Prize, my perspective is adjusted, and I won’t have to be in the wilderness any longer than necessary, contrasted by the Israelites who took their eyes off of God and prolonged their wilderness season 40 years. In fact, I think the Lord sometimes kicks up extra dust in our faces on purpose so He can keep our eyes from looking around at anyone but Him.
Even if I can’t see much, as long as my eyes are on Him still in front of me, I can see enough.
I hope this vision blessed you as much as it blessed me. Jesus is looking for laid down lovers who are willing to be prostrate before Him, and who aren’t afraid of what it looks like to get into the dirt of obedience to His Word and be covered completely by the dust of His feet. When you humble yourself by following His footsteps, face-down with your eyes fixed on Him, you can be assured that He is going before you to prepare the way, and that He is leading you right where He wants you to be.