Do you ask?

Acorn! I’ll fry that for lunch!

2:30 p.m. Friday September 23, 2022. 75F/24C.

Potent. Clouds passed over the hollow in the heat of the day. Nothing disturbs the peace here. Oh yes, the buzzing insects are annoying. They do not allow an old person to wander too far from the path. They serve their purpose. The lush green canopy above is finally turning a myriad of tones. A brush stroke of leaves that are half orange and half green adorn the branches. Whenever a wind reaches the cabin, it brings with it floating brown leaves and clattering green acorns. The sweet everlasting plant has burst into bloom somewhere. The fragrance of the bush can be noticed everywhere. The love of God is so obvious in autumn. Potent.

Afternoon … mmmm…

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Heavenly Father, I ask for your guidance as we read about lions in your word, the Bible. In the name of your word Yeshua, I ask. Amen.

First Kings 13 holds a story that gave me the shivers. In it, a lion killed a prophet of God. I’m not going to sugar coat it. He was killed and he was honored and buried properly, but he was killed. I’ve spent three days asking, “Why?”

After Solomon’s death, Jeroboam led the northern kingdom away, and the people divided the nation. King Jeroboam took an active part in worship. It was a part that belonged to priests. That was in a temple to God in Bethel. However, the Bethel temple was manned by priests that the king chose, not ones that God chose. At first, the temple operated in a similar manner as the Jerusalem temple. Except they brought idols into God’s temple in Bethel, and the priests were not Levites.

A prophet that lived in Judah, the southern kingdom, traveled to Bethel to give to the northern king a word from God. He first gave his voice to God’s Spirit and went into the temple in Bethel. Through him the Spirit spoke against the altar where Jeroboam had just offered incense.

And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.

King Jeroboam, who had just acted as priest and offered incense there, heard about the prophecy. No prophet was going to kill his priests or him, so he ordered the death of the prophet. It was a death sentence that very likely included holding out a scepter as he spoke. When he did so, the hand he used to offer incense and to hold out the scepter, became stuck in that position, shriveled, and could not be pulled back to himself.

In the temple, the alter split in two and ashes, fat, meat, and blood spilled out everywhere.

King Jeroboam, found the prophet and asked the prophet to call out to God on his behalf. The prophet did so. The king’s arm was healed.

So far, so good. Why did the prophet die?

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

No, sir, that prophet would not eat with the king. He would not accept gifts from the king. In fact, he was charged by God to not eat, or drink, or travel a road twice, until he got back home. The Judaean prophet left there to walk home.

But then a prophet of Bethel was told every word of the exchange and rode out on a donkey to catch up with the man of God. He told the man of God that he was a prophet as well. He prepared dinner for him.

The old prophet refused the invitation, but the man of Bethel had an answer.

He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

No problem! The Bethel prophet already had thought over his deceitful invitation to the Judaean prophet. He would just say that an angel told him that it would be okay.

Doesn’t our enemy always have the best excuses to disobey God? The old prophet went back and ate with the Bethel prophet. During dinner, the Spirit of God took over the voice of the Bethel prophet and he told of the Judaean prophet’s disobedience. He said the old prophet would not be buried with his fathers because of the disobedience. They finished dinner. He accepted the gift of a donkey to ride back to Judah. On his way down the same road a second time, a lion killed him.

And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

There, as if guarding the prophet’s body, the lion and the donkey stood waiting for someone to find him. When the Bethel prophet heard that such an oddity among animals had been seen, he knew immediately that the old prophet was dead. He knew whose body that was. He rode out. When he found the old prophet’s body, the lion stood back. He put the old man’s body back up on the donkey and led it back to Bethel. There he buried the old prophet in his own grave.

The Bethel prophet turned his life around. He no longer believed that a prophet was a man who spoke deceit skillfully. He knew there was a God. He knew that he deceived a real man of God. He knew and he watched as king Jeroboam became more evil and the prophecy against the king came to pass. He mourned for the man of God and told the account in Bethel.

I took several personal lessons from the story, but I’m writing about lions. The lion in this story may have been earth’s lion doing God’s will. But then again, it MIGHT have been heaven’s lion doing God’s will. No man killed or captured it. It is hard to say.

Either way, God’s will was done.

This scrawny little plant fills the entire area with its scent

Life in the hollow, Friday

You know, I read that chapter several times before finally catching the point that the Bethel prophet deceived the Judaean prophet knowingly. I was so shocked that God let his prophet be killed, that I missed all other points. Why didn’t God rescue the man from his own folly?

Well.

Death is not the end of our lives. Our spirits live on. And, only God knows if the old prophet felt much of any pain at having died in a lion’s jaws.

You know, sometimes I just look up to God and say, “Abba Father, I don’t want to fail by my own folly, by my own lack of judgment. Please let me always follow you. In the name of Yeshua, I ask and I plead. Amen.”

Dear reader, do you ever ask God that sort of thing? Am I alone in this concern?

Either way, God’s purpose, God’s destiny, God’s plans, will be done.

Don’t mess with the lion

Green

1:30 p.m. Tuesday September 20, 2022. 90F/32C.

Green. Autumn strolls into view slowly this year. The tall trees retain their leaves for a while longer. No drought is pushing a change of seasons at the moment. Spider webs dangle from the canopy over head. One curious sort of spider wraps its long legs around its body, much like a bat uses its own wings as a blanket. Without the form of a spider, it appears to be little more than a tiny bit of leaf or bark lodged in an old web. In this manner, it hides until a fat horsefly gets stuck. Some of them actually collect old leaves and bark to use as umbrellas, protecting them from the sun and rain. It is autumn. Even hot days are only moderately warm. The air is dry and fragrant. A slow breeze moves past the cabin and brushes the arms. All is still green.

A print from The Luther Bible. The artist made the platform round, behind the king. Also, six steps with 12 unique lion-looking creatures on them. Then there are lions atop the stays, or pillars, next to the throne. I imagine it larger, but very similar.

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Abba Father, please continue to reveal your meanings in your word, the Bible. I ask in the name of your word who is your beloved son, Yeshua Jesus. Amen.

The next instance of the mention of lions was again in king Solomon’s reign. The king had some very lavish décor in both the palace and the throne room. He was known for his wisdom in the way he ran the nation. From recorded history of the king, I say he was listening to God’s Spirit. His personal decisions were obviously his own. First Kings 10 described his wealth and wisdom.

And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.

Solomon passed all the tests put before him by the queen. Ethiopian historians claim that Solomon tested the queen of Sheba as well. Some Ethiopian royals have claimed to be descendants of Solomon and their queen, a family line that has been full of wisdom. King Solomon and the queen of Sheba exchanged precious gifts. A question remains from that exchange.

And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.

What did she take with her when she left Israel? Some claim she took the ark of the covenant. So much for the rumors that spark imaginations. The lions are next.

Moreover the king made a great throne of ivory, and overlaid it with the best gold.

The throne had six steps, and the top of the throne was round behind: and there were stays on either side on the place of the seat, and two lions stood beside the stays.

And twelve lions stood there on the one side and on the other upon the six steps: there was not the like made in any kingdom.

Solomon’s throne was on a large round platform, lifted up above the floor. Six steps would be climbed to reach the throne. On the left and right of each step, rather than a hand rail, were golden statues of lions. It was not very likely that each of the twelve lions were identical to the others. This king was surrounded by items that were one of a kind in the world. On the king’s right and on the king’s left were pillars. Next to, or perhaps atop, each pillar was a golden lion.

The king kept his metal workers busy.

So, like the porch in front of the temple, the king’s throne was surrounded by two pillars. It was prophetic. The numbers of things that came to Israel in twos from then forward were amazing. There were two lions of the tribe of Judah: David and Yeshua. The list of desired attributes of the lion include: royalty, courage, fierceness, strength, and protection. The lions of Israel were smaller than the lions of Africa that we see in photographs, but they were no less fierce. Yeshua, you may say, did not come in fierceness but in meekness. Yes, he did come to mankind in meekness.

But when he comes again, be aware that he will come as the lion.

Here is the only vegetable that thrives in my care. Stinging nettle.

Life in the hollow, Tuesday

The golden feral kitten is growing in size. Today, he brought to me all that he wanted me to see: a large dead rat. Not wishing to discard a gift in front of the giver, I tossed it as soon as the kitten left. Instead of mewing in hunger as he toddled about the property, he now prances as a young cat should. He crouched before the dead rat until he was sure that I had stepped outdoors to inspect his prey. Yep. It was a rat.

And as I pondered the phrase given me by God’s Spirit, “Abide in the Father’s love,” I was hit by an onslaught of self-criticism. Wait. My heavenly Father would not approve of such insults hurled at me. I said aloud, “I abide in the Father’s love.”

You, believer in Yeshua, should say that too. The enemy will soon learn not to mess with the lion.

The future

1 p.m. Monday September 19, 2022. 89F/32C.

Rolling. Each small truck and jeep makes a distinctive rolling crunch over the stones on the road. Being lighter than the usual pick up trucks that go past the cabin, they rattle from metal against metal clacking whenever they go by. One vehicle continues rattling until it is gone. If that was the postal truck, there is likely no mail today. The dust it stirred up tastes bland as it settles all around the cabin, like dry paper. There is no way to avoid breathing it or tasting a little of it. It stirs, then falls, in misty layers and then it is gone. Loud buzzers, some kind of fat winged insect, seem to be energized by the bright sunlight. Even the shade is warm and dry. As the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, clouds roll into the space between the cabin and the sun. God is good here in the hollow.

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Abba Father, please reveal your meanings in your word, the Bible. In the name of your word Yeshua Jesus, I ask. Amen.

While looking for lions in the book of 1 Kings, I came across an oddity, or two, in the temple that Solomon built for our God. First Kings 7 holds a description of two very ornate brass pillars that stood before the temple.

Those two pillars have captivated the imaginations of men for three thousand years.

The metal worker who designed them also designed the very large wash basins, that stood in the temple courtyard. It was the basins that were decorated with lions, oxen and cherubim. The metal worker who created these elaborate pieces was called Hiram. The king in his home town was also called Hiram. He was the son of a widowed Israelite woman and of a man who was an Assyrian.

Did you notice the times that two contrasting things were mentioned in the above? Two pillars were formed by a man named Hiram who had lived under a king named Hiram. The name Hiram meant noble, so there were two nobles. He was a son of a union between a couple of two different heritages. That’s not all of the pairs of things.

For he cast two pillars of brass, of eighteen cubits high apiece: and a line of twelve cubits did compass either of them about.

The pillars, without the ornament at the top, were about 27 feet tall. They were about 18 feet in circumference, and if my math is correct, that is 5.7 feet across. At least three of me could hide, elbow to elbow, behind those pillars! They were each cast in one piece. Whether the pillars held up a ceiling, or simply stood alone, cannot be determined by the text of 1 Kings. It is thought by many that the pillars simply stood out in the open, as a statement of some sort.

And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits:

Add another 7.5 feet to the height of each pillar for the first capstone. It was a lattice-work brass ball with seven brass tassels hanging from it, and a chain of 100 brass pomegranates at the top of the ball and a chain of 100 brass pomegranates at the bottom of the ball. Atop that was a stylized flower. Add another 6 feet for the flower and you have two forty foot high pillars. The pillars were similar in proportion to a human body, with a necklace, a head, and a two crowns atop the head.

Here’s another oddity: Hiram named the pillars!

And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz.

Jachin is a name that means “he will establish”. Boaz is a name that likely means “he comes swiftly in strength”. Both those names could describe our Lord Yeshua Jesus. First, he was born as a man and established his body of believers. Second, he will come again, swiftly, in strength. Those names could also describe two men of the household of Jesse: king David and the future king Yeshua. Jachin’s family held several priests. Boaz’s family held several kings. The two pillars, then, were of kings and priests. Yeshua is called high priest in Hebrews 4 and he will return as king.

So much prophecy of the Bible cemented together in those two pillars. It was an amazing find, while hunting for lions.

Hiram also made ten smaller brass wash stations to place around the temple courtyard. On the base of these stations, on the vertical surfaces, he engraved framed pictures of lions, oxen, and cherubim.

And on the borders that were between the ledges were lions, oxen, and cherubims: and upon the ledges there was a base above: and beneath the lions and oxen were certain additions made of thin work.

The lion is symbolic of the tribe of Judah, and also of strength, and power. The ox also has multiple symbolic meanings. First, it represented diligence and patience. Second, the ox head was the ancient Hebrew letter for “A”, aleph. The letter aleph represented the head of a clan. The cherubim were multi-winged spiritual beings, which non-believers say do not actually exist. The cerubim were heavenly beings, but the lions and oxen were earthly beings.

I cannot say why the metalworking man used those three symbols, but many meanings were intertwined in the pictures. Who knows? They might point to a prophecy about our future.

Life in the hollow, Monday

Maybe I left too much catnip in the greenhouse.

At 3 a.m. a loud clatter met my ears and I was awake for the day. Everything outdoors was in order. The golden feral kitten returned by himself to the cabin. Apparently, his mom is done raising him, and he came here three nights in a row, as if begging not to be made to sleep alone in the forest. I fed him. He consumed three cans of cat food before he stopped the mewing and settled down on the rug that I left out for him.

It looks like I have a feline friend. I don’t need a lion. A kitten is nice. He appears half blind and limps a little, kind of like me. His presence so far has frightened mice and lizards away. That’s fine.

In pretend life, he can be the lion. I can be the ox. A heavenly spirit must have led a lonely kitten and a lonely old person to meet.

Who knows? It might point to an interesting future.

The strength of a lion

The old ones say, “I don’t need to watch the weatherman. I can feel the weather in my bones.” Without the chore of keeping a computer working, the old ones had a quick way of getting information. The deer herd this morning, all walked across the cabin property to reach their destination. They cared not that a human voice echoed across the way, “hello, deer!” They simply looked and strolled on, toward the next patch of trees. They have a sense for who has a rifle pointed at them and who does not. There are way too many wasps and horseflies in the patches of sunlight today. One step into the sun draws two buzzers to the ears. It doesn’t matter what kind they are, a loud bug in the ear is like a toothache. You never want to stand in line to be given one. Something sounds like a milky cup of hot chocolate, calling out for a human. I’m sure it called. “Wasps hurt, but them hornets sting like a scorpion,” they say. It’s time to pick up the pace, escape the buzzing, and climb the creaking steps to the cabin.

I leaned over to snap a photo of a ground cherry, and something snarled at me. I don’t know what snarled, but I backed up! I don’t see any face in the photo?

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Heavenly Father, grant your wisdom as we read some proverbs left for us by the ancient ones. Please reveal your meanings. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I ask. Amen.

In Proverbs there are seven references to the lion. The lion was known as the strong animal that kills. Such common knowledge was a real benefit to the ancient man who did not want to leave his house to go to work. Proverbs 22 and 26, hinted to the boss, the wife, the parent, of some common excuses that men gave to avoid work.

The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

“What kind of a person would ask a man to go outside with a lion?” The lazy man asked, “How does that make sense?” A young lion to pierce the flesh was always outside the city walls. An old fierce lion was both on the road and on the city street. Both verses lead to the next Proverb:

The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

It’s hard to defeat the wisdom of the sluggard. People who don’t want to work have really good reasons. People who want to work will work.

Proverbs 30:29-32 lists a lion among four things that are typically successful. After all, who would stand in the lion’s way? Who would call the lion to come away from his meal?

There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

An old powerful lion with a crushing paw does not retreat, but faces his prey. Also, the animal that is thin at the waist, lean, and mean, does not turn away. The butting animal in season, will not turn away from his fight for a mate. The KJV used the term greyhound, but really it simply means a thin-wasted animal. The fourth successful thing is not an animal, but a king, against whom nobody resists – he will have success.

Speaking of kings, Proverbs 19 gives the common man some insight into living under a king.

The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

To make a king angry is like making a lion snarl. It should be a warning sound. To garner a king’s delight is like having heavy dew, or the mist of Mt Hermon, fall on the fields.

Proverbs 20:

The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul.

A worthy king was thought to be one who could instill terror, like a snarling mature lion instills terror. A man knew that provoking a worthy king to anger, could mean the loss of his life. That should say something to our mass media which seems to sell the idea that a ruler needs to be meek and tweet speak nicely. Not according to God’s word, he doesn’t.

But what do they say when the king doesn’t treat well either his enemies or his friends? Proverbs 28.

As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

A young violent lion or a bear on the hunt, was the same as a corrupt person ruling over a people who don’t have the strength to act. I’m liking these proverbs.

Finally, Proverbs 28 again:

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

The corrupt man escaped while none chased him. The just were as confident as a young maned lion. I’d like that to be a prophecy!

Roar, my friends! Make it so!

Catnip on a rug and on a toy – maybe I can entertain a tiny golden kitten.

Life in the hollow, Sunday

When I was a teen, the school coach attempted to teach me to drive a car intuitively.

“Stay away from parked cars!” he hollered.

“How far?” I hollered back. “An inch? Five inches? Why did you tell me to drive down this street? If I have to stay away from parked cars, we could have taken another street!”

I just don’t have an instinct for anything. I need facts.

When it comes to the Holy Spirit’s advice of abiding in the Father’s love, I’m also lost. I mean, tell me to put my right forefinger on the side of my nose to abide in God’s love – I can figure that out!

I listened to a recording of the gospels and remarked, “Yeshua did not wear out, or at least there’s no record of him getting worn out.”

His voice returned promptly. (I never know what he is going to respond to, so I just ask a lot of questions.) Maybe others will benefit from my asking.

“I did not grow weary. For I abide in my Father’s love. In him, there is no weariness.”

People can wear me out. But I’ll work on it. Perhaps our heavenly Father can give me a hint, now and then, how to abide in his love.

“Learn. For abiding will make you strong.”

He who gives power

The cloud makers are over the hollow. Geo-engineering.

3:30 p.m. Friday September 16, 2022. 80F/27C.

Bugs. Something always buzzes, coming as close to the ears as it possibly can. Amazingly, the leaf canopy is as green and lush as it could be for September. The air under the gum tree is as sweet and healing as ever. Feet cause a crunching sound over pebbles along the road. Crows caw repeatedly at some animal that screeches back. Nothing gets past the crows. A fat armadillo has its nose to the sandy soil, looking to its right and left. Suddenly the animal digs energetically throwing dirt in all directions. Its long clawed toes seem perfect for the task. What sort of insect or root it took out of the hole is hard to say. The armadillo rarely cares who is watching. He waddles off, like a brown-gray ball wobbling back into the dense brush. Bugs.

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Abba Father, please reveal your meanings in your word, the Bible. I ask in the name of your word, Yeshua Jesus. Amen.

So far, in researching lions in the Bible, there has been a lion on earth, and a lion of Judah in heaven, but most of the references to lions are symbolic. They compare a person’s strength and courage to that of a lion.

In first Samuel 17, we find the story of young David killing a lion and a bear that both attacked his father’s sheep. David killed a lion, likely with a stone and a sling. The lion was certainly symbolic of a young person full of the Spirit of God!

In second Samuel 1, David mourned, lamented, and sang over the deaths of king Saul and Jonathon, comparing them to lions.

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.

Years later, when Absalom took the throne from David for a short while, the self-appointed king took counsel from the palace counselors who had worked with David. They warned Absalom that David’s men were mighty and that all men from all over Israel should be needed to descend upon David by surprise, including Absalom. Then they ran off to tell the priests what they counseled. The priests came and went between the palace and the tent of meeting freely and could also warn David of the raid! Not a bad plan! Unfortunately, one of the two priests lacked faith in God. He saw that Absalom was aware of him and he hanged himself. The other priest, Zadok, was remembered by God for his loyalty, faith, and braveness. Here is what the men said of any army against David, when they counseled:

And he also that is valiant, whose heart is as the heart of a lion, shall utterly melt: for all Israel knoweth that thy father is a mighty man, and they which be with him are valiant men.

The counselor said, “Hey there, young king, even if you have the courage of a lion, you are still not your father’s equal. You had better call more men to arms.”

At the end of that story, God removed Absalom from the throne and David returned.

It is God who puts men in power, and God can take them out when he is done with them.

Life in the hollow, Friday

I was tidying up in the cabin, getting ready for the Sabbath on Saturday and I had a fleeting vision of Yeshua in a rabbi’s robe.

He spoke in that still small voice that comes on my heart, saying he would teach today. He was here to teach courage, to be bold. First, he said, to notice.

“One of the ways that I handled having a flesh surface was to enjoy all things: the feel of water running over my fingers, the aroma of food cooking. Notice. And enjoy.”

His words reminded me that I frequently walk for the purpose of noticing. Noticing helps with the daydreams that accompany PTSD.

Do you have PTSD from the crucifixion?

“No,” he answered.

Do you ever have flashbacks, remembering the faces of the men as they crucified you?

“No. I do not. They are forgiven.” he answered.

Do you remember any of the pain of dying on the cross?

“Yes, I do,” he said.

How did you handle the pain? As it occurred?

“I kept my mind, my heart, my whole being on my Father’s love. You should do this too,” he taught.

Do you mean that you focused on God’s love?

“More than focus. You focus on a task to get it done. I wrapped my entire being around my Father’s love. You should do this too,” he repeated the instructions.

I’m not sure that I understand.

“I will show you,” were his final words of the lesson.

And then there was only me, with my ink pen, my journal, and the hum of the cabin fan. The birds played in the forest, just outside the window. What does God’s love feel like? I know it can be like contentment in any situation. It can be deep joy, not just happiness. It can be the memory of forgiveness, free for the asking.

But I will start. Instead of losing myself into a daydream, I can lose myself into sensations: The warm water while washing dishes, the deep green color of the forest flooding my eyes, the mild breeze that brushes skin and the fragrance of wildflowers that it carries.

I am amazed at the courage of the lion of Judah, who can give power to mere humans and who can take it back again.

Until God’s will is done

12:30 p.m. Thursday September 15, 2022. 77F/25C.

Awaiting success. The air outside the cabin is warmer than yesterday. The sand and rocks of the driveway crunch with each step. A red wasp circles the ears, but does not land. Another step is taken. Slow and deliberate deep breaths help. Inspecting a tiny flower helps. The sky is a dirty pastel blue without clouds. Prayer helps. Somewhere in the sensation of warm air, in the depth of a thousand tones of green, in the fragrance of the sweet everlasting flower, there must be healing for a damaged mind. Awaiting success.

In the bright afternoon sun, every color is radiant.

Heaven’s Animals: Lions

Abba Father, please rebuke the demons that stalk me. Please reveal to us the meanings in your word, the Bible. I will retreat into your word. In the name of my savior, Yeshua Jesus, I petition you. Amen.

Judges 14 contains a story of Samson. I’ve heard that if Samson had lived in our day, he would drive a red pickup truck with a rebel flag proudly displayed in the back window. He would have had the utmost respect toward his mom and dad. Put a man of that personality into Israel of about 1100 BC, and you have Samson. Rebel. Oddball. Follower of almighty God. I like him already!

The lion died in Samson’s story.

Samson’s birth was a miracle given to a barren couple of the Israeli tribe of Dan. That was the tribe that produced judges. They were instructed by an angel to treat the pregnancy and the child as holy to the Lord. He was to be a Nazarite, never drink alcohol, never be unclean, and never cut his hair. His parents did all that the angel instructed.

As he grew, Samson became aware that he had unnatural strength that even he had a hard time believing. While some may say that Samson lacked wisdom, I say that Samson matured into precisely the man God could use.

When the stubborn will of man performs the prophesied will of God, then God’s hand was on that person.

Samson chose a wife from among the oppressors of Israel, the Philistines. Samson was adamant. His parents were baffled, but did consent to arrangements for a marriage. On their way to Timnath, to meet the woman’s family, Samson went off alone and was confronted by a roaring lion.

Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done.

Samson tore the lion into pieces with his bare hands, and then, as if frightened by that show of his own strength, he left, telling no one, leaving the lion’s body lie. The family went on to Timnath.

And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

A family of that time would have found a bride and then went back to prepare their home for the couple to be married and live with the groom’s family. When their home was ready, the family went back to get the bride and take her to marry. Samson got curious about the lion he killed between home and Timnath. Did he really tear it apart? He wanted to go out by himself and settle the question in his own mind. Was that true or did he imagine it?

And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion.

The body of the lion had become hollow over time. Very likely birds, insects, and animals had eaten the meat and the rib cage held up the skin, so that the lion naturally processed into a leather barrel in the sun. In that hollow animal skin, a swarm of bees set up a hive.

Samson was a Nazarite. He was not to touch the body of a dead animal that walked on all four paws. From Leviticus 11, the following would have been well known to a Nazarite:

And whatsoever goeth upon his paws, among all manner of beasts that go on all four, those are unclean unto you: whoso toucheth their carcase shall be unclean until the even.

Samson had a sweet tooth. He saw the bee hive. He took the comb and honey, ignoring what he knew was unclean by the law. Then, he took comb and honey back to his parents and shared it with them, without letting them know that it came from an unclean place. Samson sinned under the law, and so, unknowingly, did his parents.

And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion.

With that sin resting on them, the whole family went on to get the woman for Samson to marry. It wasn’t going to go well.

A seven day feast commenced as Samson got ready to take his bride home. Thirty men of the Philistines were given to Samson as “friends” for the feast, but their real intention was to test him. It was the first day of a terrible competition. Samson gave them a riddle about the carcass full of honeycomb to solve.

Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness.

The men threatened Samson’s wife and father-in-law to give them the answer. She went to Samson in tears and he, desiring to be with her, told her the answer.

And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?

Samson answered with words that seem odd to our ears, but he said it in complete seriousness.

And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle.

In other words, “I gave you a feast, but you wanted more. So, I made your “more” contingent on solving a riddle. You cheated on the riddle by threatening my wife”. He left for the local Philistine community and killed thirty men there. He took the possessions of the slain Philistines and gave the possessions as payment to the Philistines who solved the riddle.

It was a clear statement of what he thought of the whole community of Philistines.

One rampage was answered with another. While Samson was on the killing rampage, his father-in-law took his new wife and gave her to another man. Samson returned to the father-in-law’s house with a kid as a payment for keeping her, intending to finally consummate his marriage. Samson was not allowed to be with his wife and so, went on a field burning rampage. The Philistine community answered that rampage by burning Samson’s wife and father-in-law to death.

So Samson, the man set aside by God as holy, spoke a prophecy:

And Samson said unto them, Though ye have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

Samson would indeed have vengeance against the Philistines, just as God intended. Within Samson’s final vengeance, was his death. He freed many Israeli people from oppression with his final act of vengeance.

From this story, we see the lion as a symbol of strength. But even a lion is not stronger than a man full of God’s Spirit. Samson believed in God and expressed God’s strength. Being unclean under the law did not cause Samson to lose the strength of God’s Spirit. It did cause him to lose his wife.

When God gives his Spirit, nothing can take his Spirit away. God’s Spirit stays where he put it until God’s will is done.

It’s getting late. The forest feels so threatening at night. The bugs and the animals close in on all other life.

Life in the hollow, Thursday

It’s been a weird day. The clock got stuck at 1:11, an odd number. The power went out at 1:45, until 2:45. Another odd (prophetic?) coincidence. The orange feral kitten seems to want me to follow him into the dense woods. I cannot go there. I’m simply not able.

And I’m willing to fast and pray over whatever back there is troubling the kitten. Why in the world am I able to fast and pray over an animal of the forest while I’m ready, almost eager, to watch my nation’s government collapse? I don’t agree with the direction my country is going. My government feels like an enemy attacking me.

Lord, teach me with your Holy Spirit. Let your Spirit rest here until your will is done. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, the Lion of Judah, I request. Amen.

We walk with a roused lion

2 p.m. Wednesday September 14, 2022. 81F/27C.

Still. No birds caw. No planes roar overhead. Why does every animal of the forest go silent from noon until 3? If only their alarm clocks could be reset. Turkeys could be encouraged to cackle and jump from the trees at noon, when people are outdoors and can marvel at the large bird in flight. Crows could have their squawking arguments with the hawk at an hour that does not wake the sleeping! The sky is a clear dusty blue at mid day. Dark green trees shake their shimmering leaves in the sun. The fragrance of the sweet everlasting bloom is present in a slow air current. Still.

Heaven’s Animals: Lion

Our heavenly Father, lead us please, in a study of animals in heaven and in earth. Reveal to us your meanings in your word, the Bible. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I ask. Amen.

Like the bear, the lion has been used to speak of the fierce nature of sudden destruction in the Bible. But, more often, the lion is envied for its strength and skill. Men blessed their sons as lion cubs who would grow to become men of honor.

Think of Jacob’s blessing to his son Judah:

Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

That was KJV. Here is that same verse from Genesis 49, in the New English Translation:

You are a lion’s cub, Judah,

from the prey, my son, you have gone up.

He crouches and lies down like a lion;

like a lioness—who will rouse him?

Nobody touches Judah! Yeah!

When Balaam was attempting to curse the children of Israel for the king Balak, he had his curse ready, but the words that came out of his mouth, according to Numbers 23, were the following:

Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

“Wait! Wait!” Balak was screaming. “Something is wrong! You just blessed them to kill my army! Maybe you are standing in the wrong place?” So, they traveled to a different place and Balaam went into a trance there. According to Numbers 24, he spoke the following about Israel while in a trance.

He couched, he lay down as a lion, and as a great lion: who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee.

With God’s voice, Balaam told Balak again, that Israel was strong and fierce, as a lion. Furthermore, God added a warning that to curse Israel was to bring a curse upon the speaker.

Yes, the lion and lioness were favorite animals to speak into the children of Israel. Moses in Deuteronomy 33, blessed the tribe of Gad as a strong lion:

And of Gad he said, Blessed be he that enlargeth Gad: he dwelleth as a lion, and teareth the arm with the crown of the head.

That was Gad. When Moses blessed the tribe of Dan, he said the following.

And of Dan he said, Dan is a lion’s whelp: he shall leap from Bashan.

Guess how many times Yeshua Jesus is named the Lion of the tribe of Judah??? Once. That actually surprised me. We have no problem remembering him that way, but yes, in the whole Bible he is called the lion once.

God sat on the throne with a scroll, possibly the title deed to the whole earth. The seals on the scroll could only be opened by an heir who passed seven tests of identity. No man of earth was found who could legally open the seals of the scroll. John, in the book of The Revelation, became distressed for the all the people of the earth as he witnessed the scene.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

But there was a living, flesh and blood man, residing in heaven, who passed every test. Yeshua Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root and branch of Jesse, could lay claim to the title deed to earth.

The people of the tribe of Judah are lion’s cubs. Who is bold enough to rouse a lion? Almighty God is bold, willing, and able.

Yeshua Jesus will reign over all the earth. That’s many lions on earth and one important lion in heaven.

Life in the hollow, Wednesday

Life for me has changed dramatically since I moved to the hollow. The spiritual has become far more stable than the physical. There has been a massive shift in the way I perceive my environment.

But you know what? I sincerely believe that soon, all living things will experience a massive shift in core beliefs. Soon. We are seeing the storm of repercussion from Satan and his armies, against God’s destiny for the human race.

We walk with a lion as we endure a storm of repercussion.

Those of us who know Yeshua will need to guide others! Are we ready? We can present a plan of salvation in Yeshua. We can listen to the Holy Spirit for guidance. We can lean into God for protection. Yeshua is bold, willing, and able.

A cessation of chaos

It’s a perfect day!

11 a.m. Tuesday September 13, 2022. 69F/21C.

Tumult ceased. A slight breeze rustles the branches of the trees near the dirt road. A mild fragrance fills the air. The distinctive sweet everlasting flower must be blooming somewhere, unseen. Yellow blooms adorn the roadside, as do white blossoms and purple sprays of flowers. A blackfly is busy playing on a drooping yellow blossom. He makes the flower tip to the right and then to the left multiple times, as if enjoying a carnival ride. The walk is easy. The temperature is just right. The chaos that existed yesterday seems to have ceased.

Who else has flowers blooming out in the middle of their road?

Heaven’s animals: Bears

Heavenly Father, I ask that you reveal your meanings in your word, the Bible. Cause us to understand the peace at the end of your wrath. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I ask. Amen.

Hosea was a prophet of the northern kingdom, called Israel. That was the kingdom that turned to idolatry first. Hosea wrote around 750-725 BC, just prior to the Assyrian invasion of Israel. The book of Hosea seems rather dark to me, because it was a last minute warning to the people to give up idolatry and repent.

I inquired of God in the name of Yeshua, to answer me through his Holy Spirit, and let me know what I, or any reader, could learn from the northern kingdom of Israel being warned about their deaths. The Holy Spirit, typically using sharp words, puns, or poems to get his point across, answered in a piercing way today. He said, “Get them ready”. I don’t know what we are getting ready for.

The only king we need acknowledge is Yeshua Jesus.

When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in [idolatry], he died.

Pardon me for not wanting to name the demon in charge, after reading about him. Hosea 13:1. Look it up yourself. Yuck.

In that verse, “Ephraim” meant a famous tribesman of Ephraim, namely Joshua. Joshua did all that God commanded and took the Hebrew people into the promised land. Joshua was exalted in Israel. When the rest of the tribe got settled into the land and began worshiping idols, God said Ephraim died. In other words, God had already decided the tribe of Ephraim’s future. In the spirit, they were already dead.

In the northern kingdom’s temple, they sacrificed cows and sheep to YHWH. Then the priests insisted that everyone who offered any sacrifice should kiss the silver calf idol. I’m guessing here, but common sense says they did not mean kissing, as in touching lips to lips. A blazing hot idol where humans were sacrificed wouldn’t really be kissed. They meant something else.

Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

The tribe of Ephraim would disperse into nothing. God reminded himself of the way he brought them out of Egypt, loved them, and provided for them. They became prideful and totally forgot God.

Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as leopard by the way will I observe them:

All the while the tribe of Ephraim was worshiping the silver idol, Assyria was desiring their land. First, the lion of Assyria invaded Israel and the size of the northern kingdom shrank. Assyria learned from that war. Israel did not. On the second invasion, they were as a leopard, silently watching. Soon Assyria pounced on the nation, killing and taking captives rapidly.

I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion: the wild beast shall tear them.

God would cause them to be grabbed as a grieving mama bear would grab prey. The word “caul” is a play on words in Hebrew. Seh-gORE could mean the chest cavity that contains the human heart. Alternately, it meant gold. Ephraim made silver idols. God required their deaths by ripping open the gold, the caul, around their hearts.

Let the reader understand that idol worship in those days was a very perverse form of wickedness, killing, and abuse of children, babies, and the poor. There was a reason for God to require their deaths by the ripping out of their hearts. It was evil as repayment for evil.

The bear, especially the female bear, was once again used in the Bible to represent a very violent, very brutal death. It also represented a violent person dominating everyone else. Such was the Assyrian ruler of the time.

After threatening to rip their hearts out, God oddly offered the following:

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help.

The northern kingdom was already a rotting carcass. Their only hope of assistance in the coming war would be God. After spending 13 verses detailing his heartache, his memories of love, and his wrath, God gave them a hint of hope, even if that one generation would not repent.

He spoke of resurrection.

I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.

God promised a day when there would be no more death and no more destruction. Whether he meant to resurrect the actual sinners, or their descendants, is unclear. Between the grave and the day of resurrection, there would be no time for repentance. There would only be death, desolation, and dryness for Ephraim and its capitol city of Samaria.

At the death of all of the wicked, God’s wrath would be finished.

Eight petals, yellow center, leaf like a marigold, blooms in September

Life in the hollow, Tuesday

Whoa! That was an intense chapter of the Bible.

Heavenly Father, if that was a hint that you will end the lives of some wicked people in our day, I ask to continue hiding in the forest. Just tell me when it is over. Amen.

I have friends and family who would be so shocked at what kind of idol worship really goes on today. They would call it fake news. I also have acquaintances who should be on death row for their participation in idol worship. They are free and bragging about their self worth.

But if God wishes to punish some people for their wickedness, I will observe a moment of silence to honor them at passing, and to acknowledge that it is God’s place to avenge.

And I will enjoy the cessation of the chaos in my conscience.

Bears exist

Bears exist, but only squirrels scamper here.

Noon Monday September 12, 2022. 69F/21C.

Quiet. The forest stands silent. It mourns the death of one resident and then moves on to the next task that thriving green forests perform. New leaves adorn trees. Older leaves turn bright red. Squirrels scamper across limbs, causing acorns to fall with a sharp crack against the ground. The musty scent of earth can be sensed with each stirring footstep. But where are the feral cats? Where are the armadillos? Where are the deer? One broad-winged bird circles high overhead. The feathered clean up crew has been notified by the scent on the wind that one death has occurred, and in respect for the fallen, a moment of silence is fulfilled by the forest.

One day, I will cart this stone home because I find its texture interesting.

Heaven’s animals: Bears

Heavenly Father, I ask in the name of your beloved son Yeshua Jesus, that you protect animals everywhere. I ask that you reveal the meanings in your word, the Bible. Amen.

The book of Lamentations refers to bears, again as fierce animals that kill. A bear is a terror representing what happens to men who serve idols.

Some say that the book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, and that may be so. However, it might also have been written by any of the faithful who were present in Jerusalem before the days of its siege by Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylonia. God uses whomever he pleases. The Lamentations are funeral dirges, written as prophecies against Jerusalem. A tradition exists that the king of Judah who submitted to Egypt in order to fight Babylonia, had the poetry of the Lamentations read to him. He responded by burning them.

He was warned.

Two poems of 22 verses begin the book of Lamentations. Then a poem of 66 verses occurs. Two poems of 22 verses end the book of Lamentations. 22-66-22. The scribe Ezra listed 22 books as sacred to the Babylonian exiles returning to Jerusalem. There are 66 books in the entire Christian Bible. Yeshua quoted Psalm 22 at his death on the cross, saying, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Two is the number of unions. Six is the number of man’s weakness. The patterns hints at two unions between God and man, hindered by man’s weakness.

The first two chapters seem to be about the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar. The last two chapters seem to be about the destruction of Jerusalem by Romans. The third chapter, stuck right in the middle, wanders between the fears of the residents of Jerusalem, and some man whose love and whose destruction brings freedom to many.

But where is the bear? The bear is in chapter three, the poem of the man whose death freed many. It begins with the poet identifying as a resident of Jerusalem under siege.

I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.

The poet saw God’s wrath.

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.

The poet was a part of a siege, encircled by an enemy. And here comes his reference to a bear:

He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places.

Again the lion and the bear get to represent how sinners feel pursued in the day of God’s wrath. But did it make a difference in the sinner’s behavior? For the poet, it did!

My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

And, in retrospect, the poet is pleased that a remnant of Judah lived.

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

Over the next 22 verses, the poet enters into something odd. He identifies as a man who was full of the joy of the Lord. Then suddenly the scene of his life changed. He gave himself to death, for the purpose of hope. Can you see the messiah Yeshua Jesus, in these verses?

He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

Why would he be willing to take on his body such wickedness?

For the Lord will not cast off for ever:

He did such a thing because he knew the steadfast love of God. Then, soon after the man of reproach was gone, another judgment of God fell on Jerusalem. The poet cried a river over the second destruction of Jerusalem:

Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.

The poet wailed for a Jerusalem that was 600 years in his future. He identified with those future people and asked God to judge each according to his own sins. Then he asked God to judge the enemy that attacked him.

O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.

That is how he ended this middle poem of Lamentations, in a plea to God for judgment against the second enemy of Jerusalem.

Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD.

The poet reported that, to a resident of the first besieged Jerusalem, God’s beings were like bears or lions that wait in darkness for a victim to tear to death.

Since these words have been accepted for almost three thousand years as inspired by almighty God, I submit that bears were well known, both in heaven and in earth.

Two acorns for my lunch! yum.

Life in the hollow, Monday

Last night, I consumed the news headlines like food. It left me in a bad mood.

Sufficiently moody, I dreamt a goody. In it an unidentified furry thing was shot first with a round of water and second with a sting. It hid in a crevice under a staircase to die. Today, the carrion birds fly, circling north in the sky.

The two feral cats are not circling the cabin for food. So, I have concerns that complicate my mood.

Two cats. I feel sad when animals perish.

Perish the forethought that people should die, good or bad, down they lie. So, it is with mixed concerns that I pray for God to judge the wickedness, minus the people, that exist.

Wickedness exists. God exists and I am glad. Bears exist in heaven and in earth.

God bless you all.

Love good. Hate evil.

Sweet everlasting.

2 p.m. Sunday September 11, 2022.

Joy. The air is cool, a reminder of life in the mountains and ridges of the Ozarks. The woodpecker rang out his repetitive sounds until nearly noon. The fragrant sweet everlasting bush is about to bloom. My soul longs to enjoy its scent as autumn blows in. The meadow to the south of the cabin is covered with yellow and purple blooms. The leaves are still green. The cardinal is still bright red. But my heart longs to know God’s joy.

Oh! A new flower to identify!

Heaven’s animals: Bears

Abba Father, I write for you, but I have a sense of sadness that I cannot shake. Please give me your words of joy, of order, of peace. Please reveal your meanings in your word the Bible. In the name of Yeshua Jesus, I pray. Amen.

The Holy Spirit has something further to say about Amos 5, so I’m writing about it again. Amos was a farmer, a sheep herder and he grew sycamore fig trees. He was not trained as a prophet, but he grew into a man of integrity, and that was what God needed in his day.

Despite what Bible “experts” say, there were three authors of the book of Amos: 1. Amos 2. the Spirit of God 3. a narrator, who added notes to the book before placing it in a library. The narrator told us that Amos wrote around 752 BC, two years before “the” earthquake. It was a large earthquake and many cultures remembered it. Amos lived in the southern kingdom of Judah. He lived fifty years before the northern kingdom was destroyed.

Amos received a message from God and set out to deliver it to the northern kingdom. He traveled to Bethel to speak what God had told him to the king. Bethel was a city that wavered from good to evil. Jacob/Israel once saw a ladder to heaven near that city. But it was no longer a gateway of angels.

Amos was impolitely escorted out of the city. The king told him to go home. Since Amos was an educated farmer, he decided to write down his message from God and mail it to the Northern kingdom. Because of Amos’ efforts, we still have his message today.

Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:

God announced that he would leave only a tenth of each northern city alive. If the residents of the northern kingdom would only seek God, his love, his forgiveness, his plans for the nation, he would let them stay and live.

God was poetic when he spoke through Amos.

Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name:

If what the people wanted was more beauty in living, they could call out to the creator of all beautiful things! They already knew his name. YHWH.

Hold on. I wanted to write about bears! Bears in the days of Amos were a fearful species of animal. Especially the female bear with cubs was to be feared.

God’s message to the northern kingdom was simple: love good and hate evil. Seek God and live. No bears in that.

God even had a message to people who were getting fed up with the evil and praying for God’s judgment to fall: don’t pray for God’s judgment. You don’t know how bad that is! In our day, don’t pray for someone to go to hell, and don’t dance at their deaths when they fall. Instead, claim them for salvation, and let God judge. God used the bears in his judgment.

Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.

As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

God’s judgment was like nothing they had ever seen. It was as if a man ran for his life from a lion, only to meet a bear. But he saw a house and ran in it. He slammed the door shut and was bit by a deadly snake. The bear, the lion, and the snake were symbols of God’s judgment falling. There would be no escape from God’s terror.

Was it God’s tabernacle that the Israelites carried through the wilderness all those forty years? Or was a tent of idolatry?

But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.

He ain’t just God, he is the God of hosts. He is the commander of an entire army of warrior angels. Sinners would never see those warriors coming. For not repenting of their sins, for being haughty, the northern kingdom would go into captivity in Assyria, north, beyond Damascus.

The book of Amos is nine chapters long, but at the end of those nine chapters we can find hope. God spoke of a day when his people Israel would repent and return to the land.

And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the Lord thy God.

They will never be pulled up again.

There are thousands of these!

Life in the hollow, Sunday

I asked God if he would heal me of Asperger’s autism, right before bed. I fell asleep rapidly.

I dreamed that I was making my way to a class by walking through a rainstorm in a busy city. I wore a big brown furry cape and walked slowly, like a bear. When I got to class, I threw the cape on the floor to dry. But at break time, I looked for a coat hook for it. Now, the coat hook was on a wall, but every time my cape got close to the hook, the wall disappeared and I was standing in an office, being shouted at, hearing complaints from the public. The closer I pulled my cape back to me, the wall reappeared and I was back in a classroom holding a big brown furry cape close to me. I tried to hang it up multiple times with the same result. In the end, I kept my big furry brown cape with me in class. I woke up thinking that cape was a mantle from God.

I’m guessing that God is giving me a choice: be an autistic writer who is slow, large, plain, and odd, or go back to live in the city and hear people complain all day.

Ohhh no. I’m staying here. I’m staying close to God.

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