The other night the sun was BRIGHT RED as it was going down. I’ve never seen anything like it. We were in our backyard picking blackberries and tomatoes and I was noticing where the past few years we’ve barely gotten anything out of our garden, this year was so easy and there was so much abundance and they were GOOD crops! So as we were doing this and I noticed the amazing sunset that was happening, I decided to take a break and just watch. I was reminded of the book “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis. In this book the children go through portals into other worlds, and they stumble upon an old and dying one. In this world the sun was large and red because of how long it had burned. I felt like as our own red sun that night set, the Lord said, “The old has gone.” Somehow in that very moment, even though I knew the official Rosh Hashanah celebrations weren’t until (tonight! almost while I’m posting this!) a little later, something had taken place. The old was gone and a new day was starting. It felt like I was saying goodbye to something. There seemed to be a seasonal shift, and the world is not going to be the same ever again. While there’s been a lot of speculation of what that might look like, I’m excited for it. I know the Lord has GOOD plans. Even tonight while I was asking the Lord how exactly He wanted my family to celebrate this Jewish New year, he showed me Zechariah 7 & 8. The first chapter is in response to the usual tradition of fasting on one of the holidays. Honestly, I didn’t look into which holidays those were yet. BUT. I had just been asking the Lord the same thing- should I fast something? And then read these verses (7:9-10),
“Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor, In your hearts do not think evil of each other.” So really, I felt the Lord was saying to just get our hearts lined up with Him.
Then, in chapter 8 (which is AWESOME by the way!) He talks about how He is bringing His people back from all over the world to BE His people. He’s restoring safety and blessing crops (this was super exciting to me because of what I mentioned earlier). He is recognizing that people have been cursing the Jews (which to me can translate to all the people of God now), and saying not to worry about it because He will make them a blessing. My favorite part is verses 20-23, “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, “Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ and many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him. This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ THIS is what I see being the Lord’s plan for this year. People might trash believers a lot. And sometimes it’s deserved. But we repent of the things that aren’t of Him and line our hearts up with Him tonight. Then we celebrate His goodness, His sweetness and bask in that these next couple of days. I am SO excited for this next year- I don’t even think I can imagine what it’s going to look like, but I know it’ll be the start of what we’ve been praying for: HIS Kingdom come, HIS will be done on EARTH as it is in heaven!