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Seeing Christ in Our Children (Part 2)

In Episode 2, part one, Micaiah is showing us yet another picture of the Lord and His eternal purpose. This time it is in the form of the prickly pear cactus. This spiny plant is adapted to ecosystems of high temperatures and low precipitation. The fleshy stems of the cactus are designed to store water during the dry times of the year. When the rains come, the stems fill with water and are able to produce a fruit that is consumed by herbivores such as the javelina and the bear.

july-2016-retreat-001The cactus is an image of our Lord who sustains His dear ecclesia even through seasons of drought and intense heat. Living on reserves of water, she grows her hidden roots deeper and further out into the soil of the Land (Christ) in pursuit of Him. This is in anticipation and preparation for the rain that He will send. And then when the rains come, the expanded hidden root systems are ready and prepared to absorb/assimilate the life giving water of the Spirit. Now she is able to bring forth the fruit of Him to bless others (1Cor14:26). As a result, His life is spread across the Land for the increase.

In part two of Episode 2, Micaiah is yet explaining another picture of our Lord in the form of the quail. Like the ocotillo (see Episode 1) and the prickly pear, the quail is another interesting picture of Him in ecclesia. The quail hang out together in groups called coveys of a dozen or more birds. Just as in ecclesia life, they keep each other safe through constant communication and watching out for each other. Quail: a visible living picture of the corporate mind of Christ.

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    Donna
    September 13, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Tim, this is awesome! “Living on reserves of water, she grows her hidden roots deeper and further out into the soil of the Land (Christ) in pursuit of Him. This is in anticipation and preparation for the rain that He will send…” What an incredibly encouraging word to the church! We are living on reserves of water, Life giving water. I love how you and Micaiah see the ways of the Lord in these ways brother, thank you 🙂

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