Recently, I had an experience with God that was possibly the strangest way God has ever spoken to me. Before I share the experience, let me go back a few days.

Before this happened, I had spent several days in the presence of the Lord, seeking His face, seeking His presence, and seeking His direction for some upcoming things in our ministry. I had also been praying with a friend over some issues she was dealing with. Therefore, at this time, I had spent a great deal of time in God’s tangible presence.

The following day my grandkids spent the night with me. We decided to get out in town for a bit. My Mom went with us as we headed out to do some errands. On the way, I decided to spray off my vehicle as we had recently had salt on our roads due to ice and snow.

I got out of the vehicle and began to spray it off. Suddenly a song rose up in me. It was a song I had not heard in twenty years or more. I began to sing this song, it was as if I had no choice, it was coming out of me and coming out loudly. I was shocked I knew the words since it had been years since I heard it, nevertheless, here I was at the local carwash, singing this song at the top of my lungs, while my Mom and grandkids watched me. It was odd to say the least. Yet, God’s presence had enveloped me and I knew He had something to say, and I was eager to hear it.

The song I was singing is called the Rose, by Bette Midler. Here are the words I sang that day;
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the SON’S love
In the spring becomes the rose.

While I was singing, the Lord highlighted the word sun to me and changed it to SON’s, I could see it in my spirit as clear as day.

When I finally stopped singing this song, the Lord spoke to me. He said ‘this is D.’ He was referring to the friend I was praying for. He continued to speak…He said ‘not just her but many in my body feel this way. They feel they are in the dark, deep beneath the ground, hidden in darkness, they can’t see any light or any way out.

They think their prayers will never be answered, they think they will never see the light at the end. They think I have forgotten them. It is the winter season of their life. But what they don’t realize is, they are the seed and with the SON’S love, in the spring, they will become the rose.’

Oh my goodness, He spoke with such tenderness and love, it was a power-filled anointed word.

If that is you. If you find yourself in a dark season. If you find yourself in a time where you can’t see the light around you, where you feel you are literally buried in pain, disappointment and hurt. If that is you, God sees you and He knows right where you are. He has NOT forgotten you. He is shining down His SON’S love on you right now, this very moment and you will bloom. YOU WILL BLOOM. You are the seed He has lovingly planted and you will bloom. You can trust in His love.

Eccl. 3:1-8 says; ‘To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.’

There are seasons in life, even in our spiritual life, winter is one of them. But winter is not a dormant season. It is not a season where there is no movement or a season where God is not working. You may not see it, but something is happening in that dark place. God is preparing that seed, giving it everything it needs, nourishing it, equipping it and getting it ready to bloom. You are that seed.

I remember the first year I planted a vegetable garden. I didn’t think my green beans were ever going to come up. I would check them every morning and every evening.

One evening I checked them just before dark and there was nothing there. The very next morning I went to the garden about 7am and there were my green beans! They had broken through the ground overnight…from that point on they grew fast. But they didn’t start there, they had been growing all along, I just couldn’t see it. So it is with you.

John 12:24 says; ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.’
The Strong’s Concordance described the word ‘die’ as a temporary place of separation. Temporary being the operative word. This too shall pass, it is only temporary. This winter season will not last forever, it is just a season. Something is happening during this season, you just can’t see it with your natural eyes therefore you must trust God, trust His word and trust in His unfailing love for you.

If this is for you, you may be asking ‘so, what do I do in the meantime?’ The song says ‘and with the Son’s love, becomes a rose. If I were you, I would begin to declare the Son’s love over me. I would ask God to saturate me in the Son’s Love and as you receive His love, you will indeed, bloom. It’s your time, the Lord said so, Bloom!

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