I was walking through noisy, busy city streets, carrying bags and focused on getting to my destination as quickly as possible. In the dream, I saw the face of a man whom I knew to be a wealthy merchant. He wanted to spend time with me, but in my hurry, I was only dimly aware of his pursuit.
My destination was a small room, where I attended to my work. The man who had been following me entered the room, and recognizing I was busy, soon left.
That was when I arose. All that remained was the fragrance of where he had been—and two large-sized, wrapped gifts.
In that moment, the gifts didn’t matter. I had missed the Man and now, I wanted to go after Him.
I woke up knowing I had just had an encounter with the Holy Spirit—aware that the One in the dream was Him. And for hours, I felt the tangible sense of hunger the dream left me with—the sense of missing an encounter with Jesus. Of wanting to pursue and catch up with Him.
‘I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had left; he was gone. My heart sank at his departure.’ (SOS 5:6, NIV )
Eventually, another realization hit me: There are still unopened gifts.
Give God Your Full Attention
The following day, my husband and I were sitting in one of the most powerful funeral services we have ever attended. In a moment of clarity, in eternity’s light, I knew the message of this dream was not just for me.
The call of the Spirit is going out.
Jesus is saying,’I am waiting for you to notice Me. I have an appointment with you.’
‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.’ (Rev 3:20, NKJV)
God is present with us at all times. We can go throughout our day knowing He is with us. But Jesus also wants us to know that He longs for moments of our full attention. Times when:
- Our mind and heart is wholly turned towards Him
- All else fades into the background
He wants you to know that more than you have ever thought, dreamed, or imagined is to be found in His Presence.
- He is rich in mercy (Eph 2:4)
- He has inexpressible things He wants to say to you (1 Cor 12:4)
You will not lose by taking time to spend with Him. Your Father is the Creator of the universe and has all at His command.
In an instant—during one moment of your full attention—He can release everything you need.
There are Gifts for You To Open
‘Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.’ (1 Cor 12:31)
Your Father has more to reveal to you. He has gifts with your name on, that you haven’t unwrapped yet. Greater gifts.
Of spiritual gifts, Paul wrote, ‘Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.’ (1 Cor 12:7, NIV) In other words, the grace gifts of God are not separate to the Holy Spirit—the spiritual gifts are the manifestation of the Person. To desire His gifts, is to hunger for Him.
The presents of God are found in the Presence of God.
Let Hunger Draw You in Pursuit of Him
‘Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.’ (1 Cor 14:1, NKJV)
Pursue love. Love is not only a quality; love is also a Person. And Jesus, the One Who is Love, is seeking an encounter with you today.
What makes a moment of giving Jesus your full attention stand out from any other time?
In that instant, it is not about how clearly you are hearing His instruction; it is not about how much revelation you are receiving.
It is more personal than that.
You are simply aware of His face turned towards you, and His love and affection for you.
More Reflections on Intimacy with God
If this word has touched you, I encourage you to pray and reflect on what God is saying to you personally. Here are some resources for further study or empowerment:
Posts on Enliven Blog
- How You can Have an Intimate Relationship with the Holy Spirit
- Hunger for God: 6 Ways You can Stir it Up
Deeper: 6 Steps to Greater Intimacy with God and His Word – view it on our eStore here.
I pray your heart and attention is drawn to Jesus this week, in a fresh and powerful way. As the old hymn goes, ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.’
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