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Roger Nix, January 17th, 2011
Millions witnessed a spectacular Red Moon Rising on 21st December but Roger Nix went to bed early. Then God woke him with a remarkable message…
The last lunar eclipse to coincide with the northern winter solstice was 372 years ago. That’s a chunk of time, but I went to bed anyway around 11:30pm. It would be nice to see the eclipse but I was more exhausted than interested. A little past 1am, however, I inexplicably woke and it wasn’t the kids. Wasn’t my dogs either. So why was I up? Did the Lord want me to pray? Now I’ve done my share of night-shifts in 24-7 Prayer Rooms over the years but I’m really not a “wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-and-pray” kind of guy. That kind of stuff is more in my wife’s department.
Then it hit me. There it was. The impression: the “voice of God” kind of impression: “Go outside and take a look at the eclipse. I woke you up to see it.” I thought to myself, “I wonder why God wants me to look at this particular eclipse.” And again, I heard this impression, “because I want you to see what I can do.” So I put on my bath-robe and slippers and walked outside in the cool night air. As I looked up at the moon being overtaken by the earth’s shadow, I felt the Lord speak:
If I can align and order the planets of the solar system then I can align and order the affairs of your life, your children’s lives, or any other life for that matter. If I can cover over an entire planet, then I can cover over a multitude of mistakes and evil in the world.
It was a special moment for me. A sense of peace came over me and my heart grew in love and adoration for this God who sent His son 2000 years ago to make the world right again.
At Christmas we remembered the prophet Isaiah speaking of Jesus birth 700 years before it actually happened. He predicted that the government of the world would be upon Christ’s shoulders. He would be in control and his rule would bring us all peace.
As we enter 2011, things like lunar eclipses that happen once every 400 years can remind us all that God is so much bigger than our planet, let alone our own little lives. And in my particular part of the solar system, He is governing, ordering and aligning all the things that pertain to me. He is in control even when life seems out of control. And when I remember that, His peace increases. So this year may you be like the wise men who recognized the sign of His coming in the heavens and worshipped Him. And may there be no end to the increase of His government or peace in your life.
Roger Nix and his wife Donna began leading a local community called Believers Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (United States) in 2001with a simple vision to see radical transformation of people, communities and cultures by the spirit of God. Their heart is to birth these type of missional communities worldwide. Roger is part of the National US Board for 24-7 Prayer and the US Communities Team. He and Donna's greatest missional community is their family Joel age 21, Anthony, Age 12 and Julia Age 8, Blue (42 in dog years) and Puff (14 in dog years.)
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