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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Out of Egypt

Freedom to Egypt!  May it be true!  The overthrow of Egypt's 30 year control-hungry dictator in 18 days is absolutely amazing.  We pray it was the power of the people that brought it about.

I posted the following satire to two sites two days ago, the day Mubarak was expected to announce his resignation, but he had not: http://comics.beforeitsnews.com/story/411/686/Satire:_Out_of_Egypt.html; http://www.thespoof.com/news/spoof.cfm?headline=s3i91282 I did not post it here then, as I felt that an introductory comment was necessary regarding my own heart of prayer for Egypt, Israel, the Middle East.  May Egypt’s tremendous display of democracy bring forth full democracy; may it s sweep throughout the Middle East; and may it bring forth an awakening of light that shines brighter and brighter. May peace with Israel continue, and may Israel live into its Torah command to “love foreigners, because you were foreigners living in Egypt.”  Finally, may Egypt’s freedom bring about a moment when Egypt, Israel, and the Middle Eastern world sheds the notion of “foreigner” and instead embrace the notion of “brother.”

With the introduction of my heart, now I’d like to introduce the satire.  It is not an LOL satire.  In a more blatant way, it pokes fun at Mubarak, but the real tease is at the world’s response to Mubarak’s “surprising” decision not to resign, in light of reports by those who work for him that he “might resign.”  Thursday morning, NPR made three announcements: (a) that Mubarak’s administration had held a meeting at which Mubarak himself was not present; (b) that highly important officials within Mubarak’s regime and within his army were announcing his possible resignation that evening; and (c) that CIA Director Leon Pinetta announced a “strong possibility” Mubarak would resign that evening.  I put (a) together with (b) and (c) and thought “brilliant!”  Sure enough, events transpired as ought to have been expected: Mubarak did not resign (check!); the people of Egypt were enraged (check!); the international community responded in astonishment (check!); the next day, Mubarak resigned (check – but an astonishingly quick check!)  I would have expected more resistance before the secret meeting’s brilliant strategy worked.  I also would not have expected everyone in the media to continue with their clueless questions regarding “the ‘contradiction’ in Mubarak’s communication.”  They themselves had reported that a meeting had taken place of top officials without Mubarak present, so why did they think his officials were speaking for him?  In any case, what I think transpired, as alluded to in my satire, turned out to be a fully brilliant strategy.  Now, here’s the satire:

“Let yourself go!”

"Let yourself go!" cried the people to Pharaoh, "So that we may be free!"  “Who are the people,” replied Pharaoh, “that they know better than me?  I will let everyone in my Cabinet go, but I will not let myself go.”

Using tools of communication, the people planned a great gathering to cry with a very loud voice.  Together, the people shouted, “Let yourself go!  So that we may be free!”

“What are these tools of communication?” asked Pharaoh “that they work better than me?”  That day, Pharaoh gave the order to break all the tools.

The people returned, “Why have you treated us this way?” and they cried again, “Let yourself go!”  “I have felt all the pain you felt,” Pharaoh replied.  And he sent the army into the streets.

The world’s most powerful king called Pharaoh and said, "I think that you need to write a letter of farewell to your people."  “Why? Pharaoh asked, “Where are they going?”

Under violence and chaos, the people grew in numbers and in strength.  Louder than ever they shouted, “Let yourself go!”  “I will deliver Egypt and its people to safety,” replied Pharaoh, “in seven months.”

Behind the scenes, the army, the world’s most powerful king, the kings of neighboring nations, and even Pharaoh’s own team shook their heads, scratched their hair, and huddled in confusion about what to do.

After seventeen days, a meeting of Pharaoh’s team was called, and all came, except for Pharaoh.  “We’ll start a rumor that he will announce his departure,” they plotted.  “With the people and the world expecting him to announce his departure, he will have to do it,” they whispered.  A call was made to a leader working for the world’s most powerful king.

That day, announcements were made by a general in the army, a leader in Pharaoh’s team, and a leader working for the world’s most powerful king.  They all spoke in a single voice: “Pharaoh might let himself go.”  The people were elated. 

When Pharaoh came before the people, he announced, “I will give my work to my assistant, but I will not go.  Outsiders will not tell me what to do.  Nor even will insiders!”  The people threw shoes at him.

The people under Pharaoh, the reporters in all countries, and the people of the world marveled at the contradiction.  Why would all the leaders say Pharaoh would announce his departure when he did not announce it?  “Why,” they wondered, “did Pharaoh change his mind?"  They knew the people speaking for Pharaoh had to truly be speaking for Pharaoh -- no one could question an assumption so clear.  Therefore, Pharaoh changed his mind!

Meanwhile, in hearing the cacophony of calls for a good-bye, Pharaoh muddles in the deepest confusion of all: "Where's everybody going?"

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Baby's Cross from X to Y

The following picture was shown to me on October 20, 2007. Although it speaks in the language of the generations we use in the US, I sensed at the time it was a global message. I perceived this not only for all nations, but also for all organizational structures: political, economic, social and religious. At the time, I shared the message with only seven others. In light of the recent youth revolutions occuring throughout Middle Eastern countries, it may be an appropriate message to share at this time.   As we recall that "the last shall be first and the first shall be last," we can consider transformation here in coming years.  The picture the Spirit led me to draw appears as follows:


After I drew the picture, the Spirit led me to record the following message:

Y will rise in power and glory seemingly out of nowhere
with a message, method and direction very different from the Boomers.
Some Boomers will challenge Young Youthful Y.
Others will see their movement has promise and attempt to boom into it.
But these will claim senior authority.
Both will fall through the Pit of Pride.
Humble and discerning ones will desend through the hidden path of X.
Boomers must “cross from X to Y.”
That cross will require humility, becoming like a baby,
and letting go of visible glory for a period of time.
Booming forward will result in a loss that glory.

Shortly after receiving the message, I presented it to my husband and six other trusted friends.  We observed the narrow path of the baby to X in contrast with the wide path that booms into the Pit of Pride. In light of the drawing, we considered scriptures of entering through the narrow gate (Matt 7:13), entering the kingdom like a child (Mark 10:15), and the promise that the exalted will be humbled and the humble will be exalted (Matt 23:12). We considered the trial of the cross into the kingdom and the cross made by an “X.” We found it illuminating that Gen X is small in all ways: small in number of birth years, small in numbers, small in power, and small in perceived importance. Especially intriguing was the label given to the generation when the name “Gen X” was chosen: “lost.” Truly, Gen X is “lost” between two very powerful generations. As a member of Gen X myself, the Spirit’s message that X is not intended to be “lost” but “hidden” was an astonishing revelation. 

Finally, we considered the move from Earth, which is “grounded” into water, which moves freely as a signature for how truth, growth, and wisdom will arise. Those who find safety in the ground of earth will fear they might drown in water. These will work very hard to keep everyone on the earth and away from the water.

It strikes me today that one observation we failed to make was the image of the baby in the baby boomer! Observing this image today, we can see how easy it is for us to get stuck in the pit of pride through our minds. Hence we need more than ever today to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2). Comically, this requires the humility of entering not by the power of our head, but by our unassuming shoulder. But the shoulder leads to the hidden glory of the upper arm and the visible glory of the lower arm and the hand.


May each of us, regardless of which generation to which we belong, cross into the move of the Spirit through humility. Amen.
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