Birthing the Lost Gift of Prophecy

avalanche lily

avalanche lily

Hiking high in the Cascades, I came across an avalanche lily. It was beautiful beyond description, and I just stopped and stared at it. One of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. It was very close to my path. In fact, a careless step on my part could have destroyed the small beauty. The flower only grows in two of America’s states (Oregon and Washington). and is nourished by the pure, glacier fed streams on the mountain. Across the way was what was left of another lily – trampled underfoot and it’s beauty destroyed.

How often we see people around us that are are hurt and wounded and we see only the wound and speak a careless word into that person. You should speak love into that person, again and again. You should speak a prophetic word into that person to call forth that hidden beauty. Again and again until it emerges. You can trust God to do His thing if you love – really love – that person.

I remember years ago watching Dewitt Jones video of the dandelions. Jones is one of the leading photographers in the world. Why? He tells you his secret in the video. First you see a field of dandelions much like those horrible weeds you see in your yard. Then Jones moves to his hands and knees and shoots them from another angle. Wow! Then a third shot shows the camera low again, the sun shining into the field from behind him, and an gentle wind blowing the seeds in a kaleidoscope of color that takes your breath away.  “The secret,” says says Jones, “is how I perceived the dandelions.  The camera catches that perception.”

That is the secret of changing things in the world about you. How do your perceive the people you meet? Yourself? With each person you meet, God wants to create a covenant relationship with that person. To favor them. God wants to birth the avalanche lily or even an astonishing and beautiful dandelion in that person.  Unfortunately, so often it is the church that can’t see that and even the church often tries to destroy the myth that is there and buried  in that person. This is also true of the myth within you. Never fear, you can probably find a few people in that church that DO speak the myth to you. Remember the seed of the beautiful avalanche lily or the beautiful dandelion Jones shows  is within you. Just like the flower, you can’t choose your destiny.  That was written in you by God before you were even born (Ps. 139).

When we prophesy to another person, that often involves the speaking into the other to the mythic nature of their undiscovered destiny. For example, Joyce had been crushed by physical abuse from the father as a child. When she married, she could have forged all of that pain and anger toward men she had stored up through the years on her husband. She didn’t, but rather chose to forgive and was able to receive from her husband the love she had never experienced before from a man. The husband, in turn, constantly spoke of the beauty he had discovered in her and watched her bloom and become that “avalanche lily” he saw even as he courted her. He saw and spoke his vision for her into her constantly, a vision others did not see. Until she became that vision.

Jesus (to blind Bartimaeus): What do you want me to do for you?
Bartimaneus: Lord, that I may receive my sight.
Luke 18:40-43

Journal Dialog:

  1. Who speaks into your own mythic nature, engaging you to the God-given identity to which you are called? (The prophetic speaking into you.)
  2. Who do you speak into, calling them to the God-given identity that is even beyond their own vision and possibility? (Your gifting of prophecy into that person.)


Carl is a researcher, writer, speaker based in Portland, Oregon.

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