Dream: I caught sight of two big, hideous moles that had developed on me. The first was sticking out of my upper eyelid; the second had sprouted on my upper chest, a short distance under my collar bone. I looked at them and realized how much they had grown, even featuring little branching parts all around. They were tall in proportion, and vertically shaped. Even now as I remember the dream, the visual picture of the two of them gives me chills. That’s how ugly they were.
I was dismayed. Full of anticipation of how painful their removal was going to be, I started planning to make a dermatologist appointment. But suddenly, my sister Anna was there with me. She applied a medicinal substance to my eyelid, and the first mole came off easily, without any discomfort whatsoever. I looked into the mirror with great surprise and relief, thanking her. I was about to request that she remove the second mole when the dream ended.
Divine “Mole” Removal
I share this dream with you because I know in my spirit that it is for you as much as it is for me. Holy Spirit has something vital to share with us through it. This is His message:
Daddy God longs to remove all hindrances to our ability to see Him. With this dream, He was creating a play on words, in order to convey to us this longing of His. A mole, in English, is also a little animal that tunnels through the ground. Characteristically, it has very poor eyesight; the little creature cannot distinguish colors. Hence, by portraying a “mole” on my eyelid that was so bulky it would have hindered my ability to see, He was doubly emphasizing a picture of visual impediment. He further accentuated the picture by showing me that this impediment was even growing over my heart (the second mole, on my chest).
Many times, the circumstances of our lives cause impediments to grow up and block our ability to perceive spiritual truth. Frequently these “moles” spring up in our earliest childhood, through our upbringing. In other cases, they either sprout or become worse due to the circumstances of our adult years. Whatever the cause may be, we oftentimes find ourselves with major blind spots that keep us from accurately seeing God. We may have an idea of what we think He is like, but that perception is often distorted. This distortion, or impediment, steals from us the most essential component of our existence: being able to intimately know His beautiful heart as it truly is.
It’s His grace that will heal us. The name “Anna” (my sister, in the dream) means grace, favor, and beauty. In my dream, my sister represented God’s grace: the beauty of His unmerited favor. His grace came to me, touched my eye, and the impediment fell off both immediately and painlessly. His unmerited favor is the only thing that can restore our ability to see Him. There is absolutely nothing we can do to earn this healing; we must simply ask for it (as I was preparing to do as the dream ended.) As we come into contact with His beauty and His loveliness, all hindrances fall away.
We are left blinking and astonished at His wonderful work in the depths of us, and overflowing with gratitude… just like in the dream, I was amazed at how Anna had been able to address my difficult issue with such ease. Thanking her was my natural, instinctive response. Thanking the One who makes our blind eyes to see will be the spontaneous response of our grateful, healed hearts as well.
Spiritual Sight Restored in the Intimacy Circle
With this in mind, I want to share with you a passage of Scripture that addresses the way He heals our vision impediments. He recently deepened these verses for me, bringing them vibrantly alive, and I know there is so much here for you too. Out of them, He gave me six truths that will help you and me know Him more deeply as He restores our sight.
The Scripture He gave me is Matthew 11:25-30. Read these words slowly and carefully, with thoughtful meditation. Read them through the lens of understanding that each line here has something to teach us about receiving healing revelation from God… revelation that will cure our blindness and open our eyes to see Him:
“At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:25-30, ESV).
Holy Spirit broke this passage down for me as follows:
1. Revelation of His heart comes through childlike trust. “At that time Jesus answered and said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes…’” (Matt. 11:25, ALV, bold emphasis mine). In order to receive Heaven’s revelation, we need to become as babes. Jesus, taking the little children in His arms, urged us to welcome His Kingdom as one of them. He went so far as to say that it would be impossible for us to enter the Kingdom without adopting a heart posture like theirs.
Entering the Kingdom means entering into its fullness. It means receiving all the benefits of the Kingdom, including the ability to gaze on the King. If we are going to enter into these benefits, we need to come to Him in innocent trust, just as the children did that day (Mark 10:14-16). We don’t need faith in our own ability to believe adequately; rather, we need to lean deeply into His ability to perfect our faith and all that pertains to our growth in Him.
Becoming childlike means that we relinquish our right to understand, and we let go of our right to be in control. It means we feel no need to have life figured out, because we know that the One holding us in His everlasting arms already has it all worked out in absolute perfection. It means we snuggle into His bosom in absolute abandon. It means we unquestioningly expect Him to take care of us. It means we see Him as huge and us as really little, and completely safe in His big, strong embrace.
We need Jesus to take us into His arms, just as He did for those little ones. As He blessed them, we need Him to release to us the blessing of spiritual sight. Let’s ask Him to do so right now, and then every day of our lives to come.
2. He loves sharing Himself with us! “Yea, Father, for so it was well-pleasing in your sight” (v. 26, bold emphasis mine). It pleases Daddy greatly to give us revelation. When we come to Him as His little ones, His heart overflows. He exults in the opportunity to take us deeper into the knowledge of His heart. Eyes twinkling, He whispers to us: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32, ESV). Nothing could bring Him more pleasure than to impart to us deeper heart knowledge of who He is.
3. He is delighted to bring His humble, trusting, dependent ones into His Daddy-Son intimacy circle. “All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son, save the Father, nor does anyone know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomever the Son wills to reveal him” (v. 27, bold emphasis mine). Jesus wills to reveal to Father to you. He yearns for you to know, like He does, how beautiful Daddy is. He is eternally in His bosom, where Abba’s tenderness flows freely. Daddy and Son exult ceaselessly in closeness and the blissful sharing of Their love. Knowing each other fully, profoundly, and exquisitely is the result of dwelling together, permanently entwined in love.
How Jesus loves to bring us into Their intimacy! When we climb up to nestle into His bosom, He eagerly pulls us into Their unending circle of mutual delight. Daddy expresses to our deepest hearts that He loves us just as much as He loves Jesus. Jesus chimes in warmly and tells us that He loves us just as much as Daddy loves Him (John 1:18; 15:9; 17:23).
4. He extends to each one of us His invitation to receive this deeper revelation of Him. “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (v. 28, bold emphasis mine). Do you hear Him calling to you? Do you feel His summons pulling gently on your heart? No one, absolutely no one, is excluded. He beckons to every single human soul needing a haven… “Come.” To each of us needing our blind spots removed, He gently urges, “Come to Me…”
5. Revelation of Himself is how Jesus reveals Daddy to us. “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart…” (v. 29a, bold emphasis mine). In verse 27, Jesus speaks about revealing His Abba to us. This is how He does it. Showing us His own heart.
He invites us, “Learn of Me. Receive Me. Taste of My goodness, My nearness, My gentleness, My humility. Experience for yourself how approachable I am, how inviting, how accessible, how welcoming. Look into My eyes. See that I am brimming over with kindness, and that I am exceedingly eager to have you close. Receive revelation of My exquisite love for you. As I deposit this knowledge Spirit to spirit into the depths of you, the impartation of My devotion to you will transcend words. As you breathe Me in, you breathe in Daddy too. He and I are one. Together, we draw you into Our oneness, into Our union, into Our mutual delight.”
6. Revelation of Him is rest. “…and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (v. 29b, 30, bold emphasis mine). As we allow ourselves to be the cherished little ones in His arms, the spirit of revelation pours from His heart into ours. Wrapped up in the Godhead’s eternal intimacy circle, rest begins to flow to the deepest places of our being.
Our tensed up shoulders relax. We let go of everything we have had tightly clenched in our hands, releasing all of it, absolutely all of it, to Him. All stress drains from our body, soul, and spirit. We sink deeply into His strong, tender embrace. Real, heavenly rest penetrates every pore, sinks into every crevice, and permeates to the very fiber of our being. In coming to experientially know who He is, we come to intimately know what it really means to rest.
This is the balm of Gilead. This is the salve that He applies to our eyes, that we might see Him. The beauty of His grace gently removes everything that has been hindering our eyes from gazing on Him. All impediments fall away instantly and painlessly. We blink in astonishment, overcome by the beauty of the Lovely One. All that remains is to give voice to the spontaneous overflow of thanksgiving that bubbles up to Him out of our hearts, overwhelmed by all that He is and all that He has done…