I Am Like Galileo
God speaking into my life
Ajay, one of the main leaders at PIHOP (Pasadena International House of Prayer), stated once in a training that it is generally so much easier to prophesy over others, than to prophesy over one's self. I had never thought of doing that. But I could already feel the obstacles lining themselves up across my way. Ajay's statement did open up a new reality to me (I could prophesy over myself) and it served as a motivation to push through my own personal obstacles so that I too could listen to what God thinks and feels about myself. If I can do it for others and find it enriching for them, I should do it for myself as well.
I prophesied over myself today, out of Galileo's meticulous analysis of Jupiter and the four points of light he saw next to it. Galileo, history has it, was likely the first person to use a telescope to look at the night sky, in 1609-1610. Initially, Galileo thought these bright points were distant stars that looked like they were near Jupiter. Had he looked only for a few days he might have come up with the wrong conclusion but because he stuck with it in his desire to truly know what was going on in the heavenlies, his new found understanding of celestial happenings turned out to be completely correct. That is, Galileo came to understand these points of light to be four moons moving around Jupiter. This was a revolutionary idea at that time, as Earth’s moon was considered a completely unique phenomena in the solar system. The key was that he observed for days, weeks, and months, in a meticulous and systematic scientific approach, giving time for these moons to eventually migrate to different locations around Jupiter. That keen observation led him to the conclusion of these being moons instead of stars.
What I felt God say through this story that He brought up to my mind in a spontaneous thought, is this:
“To him who wants to truly understand the complexities of life, I will reward them with that deeper knowledge. You, Raimer, are like Galileo, unlocking the secrets that were once hidden and inaccessible to mankind. I see you seeking my truth about many things when it comes to discipleship and what it means to be The Church. Your desire is not just for your own gain but to bless other brothers and sisters, and in order to unravel the mysteries of the Spirit life to all. I am proud of your interests, desires, and of the amount of time you put into learning about these things, to bless others. Watch and see how I will open up the Spirit life to you. The Bible will come alive in ways you could never have predicted. My Word will prove more than faithful. It is full of untold and undiscovered riches for the ones who by faith, diligence, and discipline seek its wisdom. Be blessed my child. My favor is on you!”
Funny things is I thought this word (above) was the first time I made a connection between myself and Galileo. But a few days later, as I decided to look back on my journal, I found I had already prophesied over myself out of Galileo (see below), a little less than two months before. Really? It was a total surprise! Of course, it was also a confirmation that God had already been talking to me in a similar way, even if I hadn't paid close attention the first time. Thank you, Jesus!
I see a picture of a man in his workshop sitting by his desk with special glasses to look at small things (to look at minutia), gazing intently at something. There is a nearby desk lamp that folds and stretches out, allowing it to be directed or brought closer to objects being observed. The man in the workshop is using the lamp to bring light and focus to what he is looking at, to gain deeper knowledge and understanding of it. On his left side sits an ink bottle and a feather pen. He is picking up the feather pen to get ready to write what he sees. To me this man is like Galileo who looked intently at the heavens (in this case with a telescope), the night sky, and obsessed and observed night by night, day by day, through the months and years of his life. He kept careful records of what he observed. First writing down what he saw then reflecting on the implications of what he was seeing over the days and years.
I feel like God is highlighting a part of this verse that came along with this visual impression, for me,
“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” - Daniel 2:20-23
So to put what God is saying to me in words, I would say, "Raimer, as a seeker of truth, God will honor you with deeper truth. Commit yourself to pursue that which baffles you and which you want to learn more about. God will give you the insight needed to uncover hidden wisdom and hidden gems few try to find."