Don’t Take the Bait. Just Wait.

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Psalm 16:7-9 says, “The way you counsel and correct me makes me praise you more,for your whispers in the night give me wisdom,showing me what to do next.”

When I awoke this morning from my dreams with God, I realized I could not call them to mind as clearly as I always have been able to.  I pressed into Him and asked Him fervently, Lord, help me recall them to mind. I spent several minutes longer pondering this oddity but to no avail. Then I heard the Lord speak.

“Don’t take the bait. Just wait.”

Lord? I responded.

“Don’t take the bait. Just wait.”

Shortly after, I was sitting having coffee in my prayer nook when I noticed not one but two blue jays quickly nestle in the trees before me. Shortly thereafter, they shot off like darts bouncing after each other.

Ah, now I see.

Blue jays have long been a sign of adversity. They are overcomers in the bird kingdom. Resilient and beautiful, their song melodic and powerful. But they are known for their tenaciousness. The Lord has often sent me a blue jay to warn of upcoming oppression or adversity. They are not omens of doom, but rather messengers of overcoming. I prefer to see the cardinals and robins.

In the moments that followed, I began to hear the flow of heaven coming down and once more the Lord’s words rang gently in my ears, “Don’t take the bait. Just wait.”

I sense this as a word of encouragement to us all. Many of you are pressing in for hopes and dreams and long-awaited fulfillment of desires. The Lord would say to you in this moment, “Don’t take the bait. Just wait.” Don’t take the counterfeit fulfillment the devil is offering you in this season. Don’t settle for second best. This good thing you have your eyes set on is not good enough. Don’t take the bait! Just wait. What the Lord has planned for you is just over the horizon, and it’s better than you can imagine. It will make what is standing before you now look like a hand-me down rent-a-dream in comparison. What God has in store for you is far better by comparison. Just wait.

Likewise, there are those who are bringing opposition in your path. Don’t take the bait. Just wait. The bait of satan is offense. If he can get you to agree with opposition’s offense then all your acts of faith and perseverance for the things you’ve been waiting on God for will be for not. Faith requires Love (see Galatians 5:6). Don’t take the bait! If you tear apart your brother, you will offend not only his soul but yours also. Just wait. Let the mockery and scorn come at you. Stand proud and beautiful like the resilient little bird and let your song be melodic and powerful. Don’t take the bait. Just wait.

You are tenacious and beautiful. Wise and full of wonder. Don’t take the bait. Just wait.And, your powerful song will fill the heavens when His Glory comes down upon you, a sight unimaginable that will overwhelm your senses and have you crying out, “But God!”

Don’t take the bait, dear ones. Just wait. Press in for your dreams and don’t be discouraged by any clouds of confusion. God’s still holding on to them for you from the other side of the haze. It’s all waiting for you there in His glory!

Until the Day Dawns and the Shadows Flee,

❤️ Kim

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