"Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)
There is much significance surrounding the rooster. Roosters have attached to their identity the dawning of a new day. They remind all those around them that it is time to rise and shine. In this way, they may be likened to a pioneer spirit. They start the day by calling out in the darkness to usher in new beginnings, making the darkness flee and giving way to the light.
Another part of their identity are the beautifully vivid colors of their feathers. The rooster’s colors absolutely distinguish him. Colors have meanings of their own and you may find you identify with certain colors, as we all have a colorful identity innate within us from our Creator. He makes us unique with our own voice and color. Finally, notice the stars, which signify hope for the dream in your heart. Looking out into the stars always changes our perspective and makes us want to reach for more.
Everyone loves flowers; no one can deny their beauty and delightful fragrance. They always remind me of a special fragrance I once encountered. I want to share with you the painting that came out of this encounter and the story that goes along with it.
Just imagine this: I was in a conference sitting in the back. I was so tired, and it was a stormy, rainy day. It just so happened that a big man came with in with a big, wet dog and sat right beside me.
Imagine the wet dog smell! I was sitting at my product table and here the owner and his wet dog were sitting right beside me and the smell was like that of mildew. I was unhappy and too tired to go on.
Up on stage the pastor was preaching about the fragrance of Jesus. And there I was, smelling wet dog and mildew. Needless to say the message wasn’t really touching my heart and I wanted to go home.
But suddenly, I smelled the most fresh flower scent in the world coming through all the other scents around me. My circumstances were not fresh. Yet cutting through it all came this incomparable fresh fragrance.
Sometimes I try to test the fragrances at perfume shops and I attempt to compare them, but I can’t find anything like what I smelled that night. Sometimes a fresh spring day smells like fragrant flowers, and it always reminds me of the fragrance of Jesus. Yet still nothing compares to Jesus. Even on a fresh day there are lots of scents in the air, but none like the pure fragrance of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit comes in the midst of any circumstances we may be in and it is for us to trust and believe in God, knowing that He is there—anytime, anywhere. We can smell his fragrance even when our circumstances are not fresh.
People are always fearful of tsunamis, especially people who live on coastlines. There have been prophecies about California having a high-level earthquake on the Richter scale, and we’ve already seen the overwhelming power of a tsunami’s destruction with Japan.
The thought of a tsunami brings fear, as they seem like monsters to us. I want to share with you this painting that I made based on a dream the Lord gave me. In the dream there was a spiritual tsunami. The dream began with scattered chaos. People ran to the mountains, and there was a church with only its columns left, as the church was in ruins. Everyone ran to it as though they knew it was their refuge. The season was winter, early winter; the color of the mountains was a vivid blue and white because of their snowcaps.
All of a sudden, over the sky in the distance a tsunami came, but not from the ocean. It came from the clouds and it was an actual tsunami. It was simply covering the people, but I felt very strongly that there was no fear. The color was very bright and vivid and appeared with glory. I felt revival coming like a tsunami, but not from the ocean—from heaven.
I never forgot about this dream, so I decided to paint it. The people in the painting are in chaos, just like the beginning of the dream. The blue mountains represent revelation. And then there is glory, not fear, and the Holy Spirit is coming to us. So let’s expect a spiritual tsunami in our lives first and for our neighbors, and city, then state and country, etc.