It all started in the middle of the night.
I woke up and began to worship my Father.
Then I read the book of Esther.
Finally, I went back to sleep and began to dream:
An architect was building a 'thoroughfare' that was on stilts.
The thoroughfare was of an organic material, and it was alive.
It was incredibly beautiful, very large, with buildings in and on it, crowds of 'people' amid it, and it was moving gently, gracefully.
The organic material was vaguely like feathers, warm, and gave the toucher a sense of adoration, pleasure, and awe.
However, the architect (who was an angel) was going through a time of challenge. Part of his challenge was the fact that he was creating this 'building' with words, but the words did not look quite right and had a 'preventative' effect on the building (ie they restricted the movement of the thoroughfare).
I saw the words - they were like block capitals, done in outline, and had a slightly sandy texture inside (I could not, however, read what the words spelled out).
Weirdly, all of this had already taken place many years ago, and the illustrative work I have been producing throughout my life has been relevant to his building of this thoroughfare. But the angel was relating this 'story' to me in the present so that I would be encouraged to illustrate in a more intensive way.
More specifically, he showed me that my current drawing is changing the form and function of the thoroughfare. As I draw, the thoroughfare no longer relies upon the stilts (in fact, they become 'living' adornments - large enough to accommodate people). Also, its movements are greater, more elaborate, more beautiful, and energized by the 'injection' of worship in my drawings.
He indicated that he had guided me to read Esther, so that certain forgotten elements in myself might be 'remembered' - woken up by about Mordecai. Indeed, I should read up on Mordecai to see what I can learn about him with specific reference to my current relationship with the Lord - and wait for encouragement to manifest somehow.
In his very gentle, quiet way, the angel now 'embraces' me in encouragement and in partnership. It is as though this angel has finally been able to approach me and tell me that we have already been working together, and now will be doing so in an ever increasing intensity.
And he has repeated his exhortation that the 'secret' of an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ is to continually look 'heavenwards' (and away from the cheap thrills found in this world) worshipping the Lord specifically, personally, no matter what is happening on a personal or national level. Worship is vital for the movement of the follower of Christ in this world.