The Close of a Season

I had so many spiritual downloads during my recent trip to Taiwan. My spirit is full. My heart is full. I am bursting to share, but the peace to pour all out is not yet.

Fourteen years ago, I took a 3-month long solo trip to Mexico in October 2009 for Spanish immersion. It was a trip to mark the start of a new season with God. I didn’t know it was going to be such a long season. A long season of purging and refining. Recently, God led me to re-read this prophetic word spoken over me by Rev Sylvia Evans in March 2011 (excerpt):

“Now it’s a purging and cleaning up process. You are the burnt offering, the offering different from the rest (p.s. it’s a voluntary offering). The entails and everything inside is being taken out to be cleaned and washed. The body to be burnt offering..wholly consecrated to God. Cleaning of my mind, soul, and emotions. Everything you do will be from…”

(Background: I was studying Leviticus at that time, so I was familiar with the different offerings.)
In Taitung, Taiwan (2023)

Fourteen years later, I took another long trip for language immersion, but this time, it was Chinese immersion for my girls. It’s not quite as long, but still as challenging for me in a different way – on the road with the children for a few weeks.

I had sensed that this 5-week trip to Taiwan would be quietly significant to me. It marks the close of the past season and the beginning of a new season. Am I reading too much into it? But the enemy ruffled so many things during the trip that made me feel that there must be something there.

It’s been a trip fraught with hiccups from the beginning. Yet I saw God’s hands intervening in ALL our situations so evidently. The trip was seeing how Romans 8:28 came to life.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Yes, there were delays, detours, and anxieties. But we didn’t get seriously hurt physically and financially. Small dents in our emotional and mental tanks but nothing too traumatic. His goodness was so subtly tangible in this trip. It felt like dew drops of spring trickling into my life, and for that, I am thankful.

When I was back in Singapore, God continued to speak to me about the closing of the past season. I will continue to share in the next article — that is if I am led to write.

Has your season been long too? Long enough to feel that nothing’s going to change? Hold on to His word and the prophetic word spoken over you.

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me [a]void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

It’s been so long. Will the season of dry winter or torrential storms ever come to an end? Seasons come and go. Have hope that sunny spring is coming.

For lo, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth;
The time of singing has come,
And the voice of the turtledove
Is heard in our land.

Song of Solomon 2:11-12

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