All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night–Personal Poetic Responses

Exiting the Cave of Adullam, one transitions from darkness to light.

January 19, 2012

All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night by John Paul Jackson   was a prophetic word written in August, 2008. Originally the two poems based on the Cave of Adullam that were recently posted in a blog were placed with the following word of exhortation. Although we have chronologically moved four years beyond that specific date, believers are ever in transition, and so this word has current application. As I re-read this message, I thought of particular poems that I had written that could be applied at certain points. The following is the prophetic word in its entirety, interspersed with original poetry at strategic points. The message is broken into several parts to be posted over the next few days. Click here to view the message without the poetic inserts:

http://www.streamsministries.com/index.php?cat_id=32&page_id=141

This is a year of transition. 

As this is the eighth month already, no doubt you’re aware that transition means things are changing. If you allow God to move in your life and do what He wants to do, you’ll enjoy the change. And if you don’t … then you won’t, for obvious reasons.

In this e-letter, I would like to talk to you about something that goes hand in hand with transition. It is the hardest part of change, actually, and is what makes change so often difficult.

This introduction brings to mind the location of Gilgal, which Apostle Thamo Naidoo, author of Gilgal :  Biblical Principles Governing Transition into the  Apostolic Reformation, describes in the way:

“Gilgal is the place of constructive preparations or re-formation.  It symbolizes a sensitive and critical place in the life and experience of a people, ministry or nation in the earth.  This is a location in one’s spiritual journey where preparation is made for the next phase in the unfolding plan of God.  A season has been concluded, a new one is about to be ushered in, placing new demands on His people.  It is at Gilgal that the process of reconfiguration must take place.”

                                                                           

Waiting in Gilgal

If a man die, shall he live again?

all the days of my appointed time

will I wait, till my change come.

Job 14:14

Waiting in Gilgal. . . 

In the midnight harbor, place black as a raven,

Yielded and still in this new place of transition,

Seeking to do God’s will, in ready position,

To be launched from here to my desired haven.

 Waiting in Gilgal. . .

Groaning, travailing resounds from this place on earth,

In the birthing room where thoughts rise to the sublime;

Prolonged moments extend toward the fullness of time

Where agony precedes ecstasy in childbirth.

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

To be raised from the tomb, released from the cocoon;

Exhausted, I yearn to escape and touch the sky,

To be freed from these quarters of the butterfly,

Where to be transformed at last can come none too soon. 

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

This place demands sacrifice and obedience:

Not like Saul in Gilgal, foolish and immature,

But like Caleb, who with age, had strength to endure,

Fulfilled all God’s will and claimed his inheritance,

Waiting in Gilgal. . .

Jesus said that whoever loses his life will find it (Matthew 10:39). Growing spiritually is possible only if you’re willing to let go of the old in order to gain the new. In other words, you gain by losing; you give up your life in order to find it.
            But there’s a secret in that. What you need to give up is the thing that’s holding you back. You might think it is good, but it is actually keeping you from your destiny. It is a virus, an infection, a germ that needs eradicating before it can metastasize. If God asks you to give up something, it is only what will destroy you — i.e., this isn’t something you want to keep! 

Here’s the catcher: The in-between time when you’re coming to that conclusion is usually confusing, painful and completely black. You can’t see a thing, and you have no idea where you’re going.
           

Have you felt like that this year … yet? 

Joseph Hurst and God’s Chosen Vessels offer “They that Wait upon the Lord,” as an appropriate song to conclude this first portion of All New Things Begin in Darkness: Transitioning Through Your Dark Night by John Paul Jackson with personal poetic responses.  

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