A Heartbeat, A Fresh Wind

What is God’s heartbeat? Have you ever wondered that? We all know that love is alive. Has your heart ever burned with love - for your child, for your spouse, for your family, for your friend, even for a stranger? Sometimes I think our whole existence is parable: is story, meant to show, for us, the living implication of the love of God - of the character of God and the essence of who He is. 

I want to tell you a story of something that happened to me a few weeks ago. I have a lot of friends who are worship leaders in this area, and I have felt a conviction to show up for them at their events and churches and also to show up for them spiritually and support them in prayer. On this particular Sunday Night, I felt impressed to visit one friend’s church in the city for a worship night they were hosting. At one point in the night, they were praying for various categories of needs in their city (the homeless, the single mothers, those dealing with substance abuse). The prayers were fervent, and the room was full of passion. But, when we got to the last category, the lost, the entire atmosphere shifted in a tangible way; God’s presence saturated the space from the ceiling to the floor, with a thick presence of peace and warmth. I believe God was saying, “This, this is my heartbeat. My heart beats for the lost.”

And then I had a vision. I had a vision of God’s Spirit - like a beam - zooming through the city into the dark corner of an underpass, zooming to see and find the homeless man, tucked away in shame. Then, the beam traveled into a room of a row home, where a man was hiding in fear in a corner. God’s Spirit was intentionally, and specifically seeking out those hidden, those suffering. I was so assured of the fiery intensity in which God’s love goes after each lost person. Assured is the perfect word.

I was so overcome by God’s presence and love, I just sat on the ground. I just began weeping, because I felt like God showed me a deep and intimate part of His heart. I knew it, but this time, I got to feel it. The only thing that I could say, over and over, through endless tears, was, “God - you LOVE the world. You go after EACH one. You love EACH one.” 

The song we were singing during that prayer time was “Fresh Wind” - which we sang this past Sunday, and which PB referred to in his sermon. The bridge says, “Let all the redeemed prophecy and sing, ‘We can hear the wind blowing, blowing.’ Move upon our praise, Sons and Daughters sing, ‘We can hear the wind blowing, blowing.’” I felt like, in that moment, at that gathering, God was saying to me, “Kait, you can hear the wind blowing. I’ve let you feel my heartbeat. I’ve shown you what I want to do. So pray.”

I am praying that we are entering a time of revival in which we see the miraculous, ferocious, redeeming love of God going after each one in a way that human history has never seen before. Each one - no matter how dark or far into a corner they are in, no matter how ugly, rejected by the world, deceived - any negative or difficult descriptor you can use. That’s what happens when God’s Kingdom comes to earth. We need to pray that God’s Kingdom would reign on earth - and it starts with it reigning in each of us - each of us bowing to the wind of the Spirit, and allowing it to blow us where He pleases. Allowing it to blow through our own hearts. Opening our hearts and lives to be wrecked and changed forever by the overwhelming and completely transforming and victorious Love of God, and then, letting that love pour out of us into a desperate and dying world.

As God sends us out, as God brings people to us, may we all live on mission, like the church in Thessalonica. May we live so that the light of Christ would shine in us and from us, testifying to the miraculous power of God’s saving love.

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.

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