While out walking with my husband, I realised that, as a couple, we walk in sync with one another, and that when one or the other of us is slightly out of sync, we each adjust our walk to the one beside us. It makes the walk one of ease and comfort.
We were walking, holding hands, and we were slightly out of sync. The syncopated rhythm made our holding hands awkward, so I did a little hop, skip and jump, to come into sync with my husband’s stride, and our walk returned to one of ease.
As I did my little ‘dance’ and I felt a stirring from Jesus, my husband. He highlighted this little manoeuvre for me, and as He did, I glanced at my phone – it was 11:11.
11:11 means a few things to me.
A few years ago, when God was talking to me about the church needing to wake up, it was ‘Wakey Wakey time’ (thank you Beni Johnson circa 2009/10ish), which was a direct reference to Lazarus waking up (see John 11:11). For others, 11:11 may mean something else.
But for me, in this moment, it meant the ‘walk of faith’ regarding Hebrews 11:11:
(Hebrews 11:11 NIV)
‘The walk of faith,’ I thought.
I looked at our legs walking in unison, my left leg striding out with his right leg, our hands held swinging in time, my right leg then striding out with his left – they looked like the walk of 11:11.
Can you see it?
leg leg: leg leg
I know, it’s how my brain works, because I SEE God talking to me. He talks to me through what I see: patterns, numbers, strange happenings (remember Moses’ burning bush in one of my earlier posts?). It’s not just what I hear or know or sense, I also see, and there are many ways to see…
It’s 4am in the morning here in Australia as I write. He asked me to get up and ask the following question. It is clearly an important question to Him:
‘Who are you walking with?’
‘Who are you running with?’
Andrew, my husband, was symbolic of Jesus. I need to be in an easy sync with Him – with Jesus by my side. I must adjust my stride to be by His side, at ease in my walk with Him…
I also need to be in an easy sync with my actual husband – my life running partner. I need to adjust my step to be with him, and sometimes he needs to adjust his step for me. He often complains that I run ahead too fast, but sometimes I must slow it down.
We all need community. Singles (or married’s with unbelieving spouses) this then also covers you, just as it does married couples (our spouse cannot be everything we need). We all need community. So I ask:
Who are you running with?
The answer is important, especially now, in this ‘Kairos’ time, in this time of challenge.
We are in a rapidly changing world, life (including church) is being shaken to its core, and who we associate with, who we hang out with, what we read, what we fill our minds with, who we allow to influence our growth forms us and so I ask again:
Who are you running with?
Whoever they are, I suggest at least three things are essential:
1. they will call out the gold in you, helping you brush away the dirt to uncover your essence, your true self. They will celebrate you and let you shine. They certainly will not try to make you a cardboard cutout of themselves. But please also let them shine;
2. they are people you can lean in and run with, learn from, trust. They need to be encouraging you to ‘come a little higher.’ And, you may be that person for them too, for iron sharpens iron. But I suggest that at least one or two have done a few more miles in an area where you need to grow. You may also encourage and help them grow, but your community needs to include a few people who will stretch you, but always in kindness;
3. they are people you can sew into. I believe that we all need to be running with others that we encourage and call higher, too. We all need to ‘pay it forward!’ This is how the Body grows, each encouraging the other to become fully alive to Him, Jesus Christ.
So, it’s time to find your tribe. It’s time for us to find our tribe.
I think this is essential because it’s time for the meat. No more milk fed adults. Milk fed adults are not healthy adults. Kingdom rule requires Kingdom adults.
It’s time to grow up!
Any good parent wants their kids to hang out with great people; any good parent wants their child to grow up.
God is a good parent – He wants you hanging out with great people.
God is a great parent – He wants mature kids.
Who are YOU running with, because it’s time to grow up!
I’d love to know what you are doing to find this sort of community, a community that inspires you to grow.
Have you found people who honour you, who see you, yet who call you higher?
Alternatively, are you facilitating groups online or locally to help others grow into who they truly are? If so, let us know what that looks like – it won’t always look the same, but it would be interesting to hear about other people’s journey.
As for us?
We are running our inaugural meeting in person to start to create prophetic community in Melbourne Australia on Monday 4th April 2022.
© Beth Kennedy 2022