I received a short dream a couple of days ago. At first, I thought it was just for me personally, but after processing it for a few days, I believe it applies to many of us right now.
In this dream, I was looking at myself in the mirror. I was surprised to see my thin gray hair had somehow turned into thick black hair! I was amazed, but even more amazed when I turned around to see what the back looked like. My bald spot was completely gone, covered with thick black hair. It was a miracle!
When I first saw my hair, I wondered if somehow it had been dyed, but I knew I didn’t do that, so I couldn’t understand how it happened. Then when I saw the back, I realized it had to be a miracle from God because no one else can make hair grow back, despite all the claims in those late night infomercials.
When I was growing up, my hair was so blond it looked white. It stayed blond until I was almost through high school. Then it turned brown, then dark brown, then gray, and now it looks like eventually it will be white again, but never in my life has it been black. I believe the new color represents something new and different God is doing, not just with me, but with many of His people right now, different from anything we have known before. Out with the old and in with the new!
We are currently in a jubilee year, which is rare because it only happens once every fifty years. Most of us will only see one or two jubilees in our lifetime, so this is a very special time. During the year of jubilee, God instructed His people to reset. All debts were wiped out. All slaves were freed. It is a year of restoration and recovery, a year of rest, a Sabbath of Sabbaths.
10 You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.
11 You shall have the fiftieth year as a jubilee; you shall not sow, nor reap its after-growth, nor gather in from its untrimmed vines.
12 For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you. You shall eat its crops out of the field.
13 ‘On this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. (Leviticus 25:10-13)
When debts are wiped out, those who were in the red financially are instantly put into the black again, which I believe is another reason why my hair turned black. The burden of debt is heavy for debtors, but when that old burden is removed, new life comes forth. Strength that was depleted is renewed.
I believe we are now in a reset year, a year of recovery in which God is restoring His people after a long season of fighting the good fight of faith. All that fighting has taken its’ toll. Without realizing it, some of us have grown weary in our faith, causing us to wonder where our strength went. Things that once seemed effortless to believe somehow became a big stretch. What happened?
We reached the end of a long season, a season of many great tests and trials. There will be plenty more in the years ahead, but first we must be restored and resupplied. I believe God is renewing our strength to a new level, unlike anything we have known before, causing us to come out of this year restored in ways only He can do, like tired gray hair turning vibrant black, like thick hair growing where it was all gone. When I saw my hair, I knew I had not done anything to make it change. It was not something I could ever do. Only God could do it, and He did it.
A few days before Christmas, I noticed my liquid soap container was completely empty, but right behind it was a brand new container completely full. I realized God was showing me a parable and I started laughing. He was saying to me, “Behold, that which is empty is about to be completely filled! That which is old is about to be made new! That which appears to be the end is about to become the beginning. That which appears impossible is about to become possible. Watch and see what I am about to do!”
I am not the only one seeing this. At the start of 2017, God showed Pastor James Durham this is the year of restoration.
I received another confirmation on the final day of 2016 in a dream that helped me see what God is planning to do in this new year.
In this dream, I was seated at a conference table with the members of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team. Their star player, Steph Curry, was seated across the table from me. Another one of their point guards was seated on my left. He was a white guy and I did not recognize him. I don’t think he exists, but in my dream he was the one doing almost all the talking.
He told me, “When we play so many games, night after night, we get physically fatigued. We have to take breaks to rest our bodies so we can recover physically. And when we play in big games, playoff games, close games where it gets intense, down to the wire, it takes a toll on our emotions and we get emotionally fatigued. We have to take breaks and rest afterwards so our emotions can recover.”
I did not say anything. I just listened to him teaching me about the different kinds of fatigue and the importance of rest and recovery. That was the end of the dream.
I don’t believe it was a coincidence that I received this dream on the last day of the year. God revealed the importance of recovering from fatigue because He has planned a year of great restoration for His people in this year of jubilee.
Fatigue is not limited to physical and emotional. Our faith can also get fatigued. In many ways, our faith seems to have a life of its’ own because it must be born, regularly fed, exercised, and guarded. If we are not careful, we can even shipwreck our faith (1 Timothy 1:19). So it makes sense it occasionally needs to be rested and recharged, which is what the jubilee year is all about. I believe God has designated this year as a set time with a special purpose and a special grace to restore and renew our faith to levels we have never experienced before, but which we will need to complete our assignments in the next season.
It reminded me of this word from the prophet Isaiah,
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable.
29 He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.
30 Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary. (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Even young NBA basketball players get weary. Even the greatest faith heroes get weary, but God does not get weary. His strength never runs out. He imparts new strength to us when ours is all gone. He imparts new resources to us when ours are all gone. He imparts new faith to us when ours is all gone. This year, He is carrying His faithful warriors across the finish line of a long season. By His strength, even old men will seem young again, running strong without getting tired, soaring higher than we ever soared before. And when we come out on the other side, we can look back and know God and God alone did this amazing thing.
Author: James Bailey
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