Today I went swimming in the sea. It is early February. Let me explain: I am in Sydney, Australia, and it is 25 degrees Celsius. We arrived four days ago from rain soaked Britain, looking forward to some sun and dry weather, and what happened? It rained for 2 days solid. However, yesterday and today it has been warm and sunny. Forgive the weather report: I know Brits are derided for being obsessed with the weather but can you blame us? It has been the stuff of nightmares in England: rain and rain and more rain for weeks, months; clouds, grey skies, the sun nothing but a distant memory. Depressing. So, one does expect a certain euphoric delight in actually sighting that almost forgotten golden orb, and a sharp disappointment when it fails to show up! However, as I say, today the clouds dispersed and it was 25’C! So off to the beach, and down to the rock pool! Oh bliss! To immerse oneself in warm(ish) sea water and swim!
The good thing about the northern beaches is that there are not only amazing stretches of golden sand and immense and spectacular waves, in which intrepid surfers can be seen at any hour of the day come rain or shine; there are also lovely pools carved out of the rocks where non surfers like me can swim, happily secure and not buffeted by said enormous waves.
Those waves are something else. Not normally seen on British beaches. Towering mountains of water, wonderful for surfers, but terrifying for ordinary swimmers, they roll in relentlessly; and the inevitable bunches of enthusiasts with surf boards bob around waiting to catch a big one and ride in on the crest with crazy, breath-taking speed!
There is something hypnotically fascinating about a rough sea, the waves forever breaking, the crashing sound, the white surf.
I am not sure if I want to see the current blockbuster movie, “Impossible”, the story of a family who were caught up in the tsunami of December 2004. The trailers are enough to scare you witless. But they remind me of a prophecy that was given in 1996 at a Newfrontiers conference in Brighton. The same word was brought twice by different people on two separate occasions. I have also heard of it being spoken in other contexts since then. It is about a huge wave that will roll in over the south of England, towering over hotels and tall buildings, engulfing Brighton and rushing up through the streets. It is about a move from Heaven of the Holy Spirit. It has echoes of Isaiah 64, the coming of the Spirit like a pent up flood that the breath of the Lord drives along.
Have you read of times of Revival? They cannot be manipulated into being by human agency, but they often seem to come after prolonged and sustained prayer by people desperate for God. Today in Sydney, Terry and I awoke to hear the sad news that in London in the house of commons last night a bill was voted in to change the definition of marriage. This is not only morally wrong, it is illogical, arrogant and nonsensical. The implications for our society will bring great confusion. Our nation is spiritually bankrupt. If ever there was a time of need for a wave of activity from the Holy Spirit, it is now.
I long to see that tsunami wave gathering height and momentum out on the horizon, and to feel the rush of power as it breaks on our nation. God have mercy on us!
Photography by Clearly Ambiguous
4 responses to “Waves”
Yes….i agree. There is a need for prayer for our nations. We are in Canada and as our daughter finishes her degree for her teachers certificate, it is much more vivid what we are battling. It saddens my heart and it is confusing and we are called to love the world in it but not of it. May the Lord overtake us in a tsunami of His Spirit, awaken us to the reality of eternity without Him and what these people face. Lord grip our heart and cause us to pray fervently in the wake of this storm.
The Year of the Lord’s Favour
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendour.
I totally agree Wendy, our nation is spiritually bankrupt. Yet daily I am stirred by His presence and these verses. I am praying for revival, let this be the year!
One of the characteristics of a tsunami (wave dynamics, that’s all) is the unusual retreat of the sea first, uncovering all sorts of things normally submerged, before the rush of the mighty wave itself. In the UK we have seen a retreat of integrity and morality in public life, and the uncovering of much evil, normally hidden, in recent scandals. Maybe this is the precursor to a mighty move of the Spirit, that we all long for as God’s children?
Lord have mercy on our nation, may this be the year of your favour. Amen