A Blooming Season
In the hills above my home grows a rare flower from the Lily family of plants called the Gentner's Fritillary. This plant was first identified in 1942 in a young woman's bouquet of flowers. It only lives on earth in this part of Southern Oregon. It is believed that only 1,200 of these rare plants exist.
The Gentner's Fritillary can only grow in certain microclimates that exist within this part of Southern Oregon in the hills above the small town of Jacksonville, Oregon. You have to be walking along the right trail, at the right time of year, in the right part of the forest to see these beautiful plants. You won't find them elsewhere in Oregon or during any other time of year. God was very specific when He created this plant and placed it in this small part of the world. He had a purpose for narrowly defining the habitat of this plant.
This week, I was hiking these trails when I came across this plant in full bloom. It was stunning to see. I slowed my walk down to just a slow stroll and counted about twenty different blossoming plants during a four-mile hike. As I pondered the unique and rare nature of this plant, the Lord began to download a word to me using this plant to explain His truth.
We are in a season where there exists an abundance and wide variety of prophetic words. God and His truth have many unique facets, reflecting the same truth in many different ways seen from different perspectives. Truth and revelation are not diminished because we see the same truth packaged in ways resembling a field of uniquely different and beautiful flowers.
In the field of prophetic words, God has a specific word waiting for you. Like the discovery of a rare flower that grows nowhere else on earth, God wants you to find a specific word for this specific season.
Slow Down to Discover Your Specific Word Hidden in Plain Sight
On the day of my hike a group of amateur botanists were on a power hike through the mountains in an attempt to find this plant. They seemed desperate and asked if I had seen any blossoms. They had just hiked through the same area I had hiked. Their speed had caused them to worry more about where their feet were going on the trail than on their surroundings, causing them to miss the beauty of the forest beyond.
Just as there is a right place and right time to view this rare Fritillary flower in bloom, God has specific and unique treasures for you to discover over the course of your life. Some revelatory words will not come quickly because there has yet to be created a personal context in which to deliver the word. This is a time to wait and trust God to assemble the right people and the right circumstance needed for the delivery of the word you have been seeking.
Ask God to take you into the forest of prophetic words and reveal that one rare word you need for this season. His word will bloom and He will make it known to you. Ask Him if you are on the right path, in the right forest, and in the right spiritual climate where this word is planted awaiting your arrival. If you are out of position, ask God to reposition your life. He will be faithful to do so.
Once you find the word God has spoken over you, it will be a rare treasure – not seen unless you were on the right path, in the right forest, at the right time of year where His word has been destined to bloom. Slow down and you will be able to discover your specific word hidden in plain sight.
Garris Elkins' ministry, Prophetic Horizons, is a ministry of teaching, writing, and prophecy committed to raising up a prophetic generation to speak to the cultures of our world with the empowered voice of Heaven. Garris and his wife, Jan, are a spiritual father and mother to many, both in the United States and abroad. They live in Medford, Oregon, where they just completed 33 years of pastoral ministry, with the last 15 years as Senior Leaders of Living Waters Church in Medford. Their ministry involves traveling, teaching, and mentoring leaders and churches. Garris and Jan have two grown children, Anna and David.
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May 31, 2015
Rivers of Life Church
450 SW J Street, Grants Pass, OR 97526
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