From Dry to Drenched: The Unexpected Move of God

“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs.” (Isaiah 41:18, NIV)

The move of the Holy Spirit is likened to rivers breaking out in dry, barren places.
As rain on parched ground. (Is 44:3)
Or, as an incoming tide.

“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab 2:14)

If this resonates with you, take heart, for the Holy Spirit is moving! 

God is healing dryness.
He is interrupting cycles of weariness!
And He is removing hindrances that have led to frustration.


A Wave Broke Out of the Frame

There is a book by C.S. Lewis in the Narnia series, called “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

As the story opens, Edmund and Lucy are discussing a framed picture on the wall. It is a Narnian ship on the seas.

  • As they observe the picture, they suddenly realize the boat and the sea in the picture are moving

A wind blows out from the picture, and an exercise book in the room flaps and is tossed against the wall.
They can smell the sea.

A salt wave breaks out of the picture, and with a cold wet splash, it breaks over the children—including Eustace, a skeptical onlooker.

In a moment, all three are pulled into the frame, into a new reality. And they find themselves caught up into another Kingdom, in the service of the King.


It Started With a Car Crash

Like the picture on the wall, many of us, over the years, have put God in a frame of our own understanding.

But He’s breaking out of the frame.

This has been happening for my husband Malcolm and me.
Signs of our own “new era” with God started breaking out in January 2016.

I was driving my car, turning right onto a main road. And just ahead of me, in a lane to my right, was a lady in a black SUV car—a baby strapped in a car seat behind her.

We had the green light.

Suddenly, in my peripheral vision, I noticed a maroon car driving at high speed towards us from the right.
I realized he was not going to stop.

He hurtled towards us, narrowly missing the lady with the baby.
The car was about to collide with my driver’s door. In that split second, I slammed on my brakes.

Miraculously, I escaped injury by milliseconds, but my car was spun around, while the driver who crashed into me accelerated and disappeared, leaving only the smoke from his tyres behind him.

I glanced up in time to see that there was no rear license plate on his car to identify him.


I Remembered a Dream

Twenty minutes later, I was standing in front of my car, trembling in shock, and shedding tears over the loss of my car.
The Ford Falcon wasn’t new, but I’d loved it.
And whilst I had only a slight bump on my head, the front end of my car was wrecked.

In that moment, I remembered something that happened the week before.

I’d awoken sharply from a dream in the middle of the night.

In the dream, I was speaking in an excited manner—to an unseen audience—about how grateful we were that the insurance company had written off our car, because now we could receive the upgrade we had prayed for.

My first response, before I went back to sleep, was to dismiss the dream.

  • After all, in 30 years of driving, I’d never had an accident!
  • And we certainly hadn’t been praying for an upgrade for the car

I later realized the dream was symbolic, and shared about it that day with others on our team.

But we never imagined for one moment, the dream would literally come to pass.


When God Orders an Upgrade

Nine days later, I was standing in front of my crashed car.
And as I remembered the dream, shock gave way to gratitude and amazement.

“My Father already knew about this—and must have sent an angel to protect me!”

Our insurer wrote off my car, and released the funds for us to purchase another one. As my husband Malcolm and I searched amongst second-hand cars—and we were looking at a variety of them—incredibly, our search narrowed down to one.

  • It was a Ford Falcon—the same car I loved, but one year younger
  • It had less mileage on the odometer, and it was my preferred color
  • Not only that, but it was exactly the next model up from the one I’d lost

It was a small, very precise, upgrade.
But more than that, the event was a sign.

And that dream has been fulfilled many times over, as I’ve quoted the words I heard myself declaring in that dream to others.


Kingdom Encounters

Since that time, God has been speaking to us more frequently, through supernatural signs and unusual “coincidences”.

These can only be explained by Divine orchestration.

Often, objects or events in the physical realm, such as the car (and the shoehorn I wrote about recently) are involved.
And my husband and I are having these encounters together. [1]

God has been doing something in our lives that we had no prior frame of reference for.


A “King Tide” of the Spirit

A “king tide” is an especially high spring tide [2].
When there is a king tide, places that don’t normally get wet become drenched.

  • At these times, the ocean may stretch to reach ground it has never reached before

And right now, we are living in a time where the Kingdom of God is advancing.

The water level of the Holy Spirit is rising, and many of us are about to be caught up in the “new normal” of what God is doing.


The Splash Zone

After decades of journeying with God, and learning about the prophetic gift, my husband Malcolm and I are living permanently astounded.

The move of the Holy Spirit breaks over us; pulling, inviting us into the adventure our Father has called us to.

Then, there is the “splash zone”.

In C.S. Lewis’ story, the selfish and unbelieving Eustace found himself caught into another kingdom, encountering a redeemer.

When God is moving, stories of what He is up to spill over, and touch those around us.

Some of these become caught up in their own move of God, and together we learn what it means to navigate this “new normal”.

It’s not comfortable, and yet, it’s glorious. For when the Kingdom of God manifests, Jesus is the only explanation for what is taking place.

Today, this is His invitation to you.

It’s time to be drenched.


Prayer

If you’ve been hungry to see God move in a new way, breathe this prayer with me today:

“Jesus, I ask you to move in my life.
Give me ears to hear and eyes to see you at work.
Break open the frame of my understanding.
Let your Kingdom life spill over me, over my family, my workplace, ministry, neighborhood and region.
Drench us, Lord!
Father, may Your Kingdom come, your will be done—and may many come to know Jesus as King.
May there be a revival of Your Word and Your Spirit—and I say Lord, let it begin right here, right now.
In Jesus’ Name.
Amen.


Notes:

[1] Related Posts:
For the story about this, see “Novices in the New: God Has a New Normal For You”
See also, “It’s Time to Be Immersed in the Spirit” (The Irrigation Has Changed)

[2] King tide is a phrase coined in our part of the world (Australasia) for especially high spring tides. See Wikipedia __https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_tide


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53 thoughts on “From Dry to Drenched: The Unexpected Move of God

  1. Erlita

    Thank you so much, Helen! Your messages have always related to our circumstances, and we highly commend your yielded-ness to the Spirit of God. Even today, I am encouraged to press on, and continue fighting the good fight of faith, irrespective of stubborn challenges. Because I`m tougher by the Spirit if God, I will get going: am NEVER alone!

    God bless you with more.

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  2. Jenny Lowen

    Thank you sooo much for your outstanding book on Discernment.
    It’s written so clearly, with anointing, and brings revelation on how to receive and use this gift. I’m certain that everyone in the Kingdom needs to read, learn and apply the truth explained. I’ve highlighted nearly every word!
    Added to this, your blogs are exceptional- thank you.

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  3. Susan

    Hi Helen, your words always encourage me. If you could pray for me and my husband. We need a miracle. thanks so much!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Susan, yes praying for you both right now, may you have the “Divine interruption” of a grace move of God bringing life and change where needed

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  4. Tracy

    Helen,
    I’m greatly humbled by the way Jesus uses you to minister. Through your ministrations I have become expectant of the novices in the new, the king tide and the splash zone.im anxiously waiting for more of the holy spirit.
    Thank you for being a blessing to us

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  5. Barbara Nkwantabisa

    Dear Helen,
    I’m asking for your prayers for me. This spirit of anger keeps me struggling with God & myself it feels. I so desire for God to talk to me. Really talk. But I feel like he is ignoring me. I try to worship, it collapses, i try to pray, and lose hope. Just frustrates me all the more and I’m angry all over again. But I’m not an angry person. I know God & Jesus and how they care for me. I’m stuck

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Barbara, I’m praying for you right now.
      Perhaps God is already speaking to you in one small way, and you can lean into that, it will break open the rest.
      His love for you is abundant.
      Psalm 23
      A psalm of David.
      1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
      2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
      he leads me beside quiet waters,
      3 he refreshes my soul.
      He guides me along the right paths
      for his name’s sake.
      4 Even though I walk
      through the darkest valley,
      I will fear no evil,
      for you are with me;
      your rod and your staff,
      they comfort me.
      5 You prepare a table before me
      in the presence of my enemies.
      You anoint my head with oil;
      my cup overflows.
      6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
      all the days of my life,
      and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
      forever.

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  6. Karen

    Helen, I didn’t have a dream but your post reaffirmed something for me. Our older model car was costing us thousands in repairs for several months but my husband and I didn’t feel we had the financial means to buy another car, so I began praying that God would give us a dependable car. I asked our mechanic what car he would recommend and he said a Lexus is the best. So I began praying for a Lexus. One day as my husband and I were driving down the road I saw a red Lexus pass us. I pointed to the car and I told me husband, “That’s the car I want!” So I began praying for a red Lexus. Two weeks ago our old car finally had to be repaired but would cost about $5,000 so it became apparent–we had no choice but to purchase a car. We began looking for a car and the Lord provided finances for us. We found a 2016 Lexus in mint condition and with only 20,000 miles on it. We only had to take out $2,500 from our credit line to purchase a $38,000 car with cash! And it’s Red!!! God is so good and a generous provider!! Praise His name!

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    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Oh, that is so good Karen! We say more Lord, more grace and testimony and contagious delight in God’s Presence for this couple!

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  7. Amanda

    HELEN! This comes to my inbox two days after being led to articles/accounts about Venice flooding, as well as an island in the state of Virgina, USA, and south Florida is dealing with flooding due to rare high tides! “First in the natural”… Check it all out on Youtube. Right on point with this word.

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    1. Amanda

      My comment above is in reference to this in your post: “The water level of the Holy Spirit is rising, and many of us are about to be caught up in the “new normal” of what God is doing.”

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    2. Helen Calder Post author

      I haven’t come across that in Florida, I did read about Venice. In the meantime, we’re fighting fires across many states here in Australia. And yesterday we received a dumping from the atmosphere of red dust from central Australia in a thunderstorm. My husband described it as ‘dirty rain’.
      It reminds me of what Paul says about creation groaning in the pains of childbirth (Rom 8) and it seems to be increasing.

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  8. Coree

    Helen, your blog post got me so excited. I would love to know HOW to discern/know what God is calling me to do for His kingdom at this time. I am ready to be drenched in the Spirit!!! 🙂 Thing is, I’m in transition and have been praying about this but nothing specific has come through. I’ve received general answers e.g. to bring light to the darkness, but how specifically does one do that? Do you have a word for me?

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