Recently I purchased a new flute. I suppose the brief backstory here is that when my Dyed4you friend Mary visited this summer, she rekindled my love for Native American style flutes (here i am flagging as she plays). My interest in them originally began in 2011, when I became friends with some else in the Dyed4you Community who later joined the ministry team. She ministered a lot with her flutes, and it touched me deeply (here’s one of her videos from back then).
So when Mary came this summer it rekindled that love and I ended up starting my own flute collection. I’ve been using these in my quiet times of contemplative prayer and loving them.
In my searches for available flutes I came across a unique triple drone flute (a drone flute is one that has one – or in this case, two – extra pipes in the flute that carry a single note or an alternating note that harmonizes with the main portion of the flute). The flute I found had a phoenix rising on the top of it (here’s its creator playing it).
Since the imagery of the phoenix rising from the ashes originates with Greek mythology, initially I hesitated, but I quickly realized God was using it to speak to me. In the same way if you were trying to communicate an idea to someone who spoke a different language that you might use words or phrases that are similar to what you’re actually trying to say so that you can communicate your thoughts, God was speaking to me through an imagery I was familiar with, regardless of its origin.
As He began sharing, He connected the idea of beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3) to the concept of “rising from the ashes.” And He ties it to Him breathing on the dry bones and bringing them to life (Ezekiel 37). It was as though I could see His breath moving – bringing life and transformation to areas we’ve long since given up on as being impossible.
And He began tying in the transformation of the butterfly, which is radically changed in the transformation process. He emphasized the idea of “radical transformation.” He began to remind me over and over again that He is more than able to do “…so many awe-inspiring things, immeasurable things, things greater than we ever could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20 VOICE)
So my encouragement to us all – and what I’ll be interceding for as I play my new flute when it arrives – is to believe that He is able, for us to stay in a place of expectancy for Him to move and bring life to the dead places and radical transformation where it’s desperately needed.
Ephesians 3:20 (TPT) Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you.