Sometimes people wonder “why” I’ve chosen various colors or oils for their scarf, or why one scarf letter is less than half a page and another is three pages (though they’re rarely that long!). The only way I can answer that is by talking about the nature of God and how He wants to use this ministry.
The purpose of Dyed4you is to facilitate an encounter with the living God. Our silk is intended to begin a conversation with God, not be a whole conversation. You shouldn’t have to come back to Dyed4you whenever you want another encounter, but rather we create tools to encourage new depths in your own personal relationship with God. Even for the seasoned believer – there’s always new depths… this is a limitless God remember 🙂
What God gives me to share in the letters I try to do to the best of my human ability. Sometimes there are nuances I sense that when people come back and ask for clarification I’m able to better express then in my first attempt. I’m human – I give my best efforts to be diligent with the role and words that God gives me to share, but I am certainly imperfect and only understand in part (1 Corinthians 13:12).
Sometimes people are frustrated or disappointed by what God doesn’t share. But what I’ve learned is that often He has “not shared” intentionally – so that the recipient will SEEK. We have to remember that God is all about relationship. Even the words He gives through the scarves are a portion of that relationship, a way to touch you – to comfort, encourage or exhort you (1 Corinthians 14:3).
One of the names of God is Gelah Raz, which means Revealer of Mysteries. God loves to go treasure hunting with us (where revelation and knowledge of-or-from Him is the treasure). Kirk Bennett (from IHOP Kansas City and founder of ZHOP) shared a word picture that gave me such insight into this name that I want to share it with you as I paraphrased it on my blog at the time as well as my personal response to it.
When I play hide and seek with my two-year-old son, it is not hard for me to hide. If I wanted to I could get in my car and drive off 5 miles… what’s the likelihood he’d find me then? But instead, I hide behind a curtain with the toe of one shoe sticking out… the point is I want to be found… but I want to be sought out.
And frankly, it’s all about the relationship we build along the way… the time spent together is a FAR greater treasure than the mysteries being revealed… because He is the greatest mystery. And the greatest treasure.
Suddenly I loved Him even more because He has these mysteries for us because we like it! We like the chase, we like the hunt… it engages us and makes us think… and He loves to watch us work… see how we work through things… He loves us. He’s a good Daddy. He’s not hiding things to be mean, but He knows how much more we will value what is found if we’ve had to work for it a bit.
All this to say, I encourage you to take the words you receive through this ministry and seek the Lord for more. What you get from Dyed4you is only a starting point or a mid-point. So jump into the depths of what He wants to share and may God bless you richly as you seek Him with your whole heart!