Last Friday evening, I had a conversation that brought a bit of Yehovah’s heart into clear focus for me.
We were talking about the Feasts of Yehovah, and His instructions for keeping these feasts.
“I don’t know,” said the other person, “If when I got married, my wife had a 10 page list of how I was to celebrate each “important to her” day, I wouldn’t have felt much like enjoying it. It would have taken the joy out of celebrating for me.”
I thought of that for a while… and I thought of what goes in to planning an event. I thought of what I had just written, a couple days before, regarding plans for this week. I’d written out what I knew of our collective plans – the details .. inviting others into them. It was long… it was detailed. It was in full “administrator of domestic affairs” fashion.
Later, writing about those details, I wrote, “Mostly I like to set up the environment for great fellowship to happen and then sit back and enjoy .”
Isn’t that what most party planners and wedding coordinators do? Create the space, set the stage, and then watch the “magic” happen..
I have a friend who runs a wedding venue. (http://www.theinnatwildrosehall.com/) She works REALLY hard to create space for celebration. She creates the atmosphere in how the property looks, in her demeanor, in her joy and zest for life. The amazing thing is, each wedding at the venue looks different. Why? Because the bride and groom saw an image of what they wanted in their heads, and then, they shared that vision with their wedding planner, coordinator and decorator. Those individuals worked together to create even more “atmosphere” with flowers, candles, chairs, drapes, music…. Then there were the plans for the order of service, who was to do what when. And Food – of course, the food!! All of this planning went on before the wedding took place. It created the environment for great fellowship, for a beautiful party to happen.
Now, let’s say, that the planner, coordinator, decorator & chef could all not be at the wedding in person to orchestrate such an event? What would they do? Would they not write detailed instructions for whomever would be taking their place?? Do the Bride and Groom, or the “stand-ins” for the wedding planner chafe at these instructions? Do the guests balk at following the directions from the coordinator? Do they park in areas not designated for parking, or sit on the other side of the building from the event? Do they tear into the wedding cake before the “I do’s”? No! They come, they follow the directions given, they enjoy the event. They may even pitch in and help create the event, but they do it in accordance with the directions given out of the vision that the bride and groom first had. If everyone has done their job – guess what, the wedding is a beautiful success, the bride is delighted, it’s just like she imagined it!
Let’s take that back to Elohim. He has 7 feasts outlined in Leviticus 23 and elsewhere, which contain shadow pictures of good things to come. The substance of those shadow pictures is Messiah … That’s what they point to. That’s where they find their final fulfillment. However, they also look back to the past. They remind us of our story, our history. They remind us of how Yehovah has led and protected and loved and guided and poured Himself out for us.
He wants us to enjoy them. Some of the instructions include: “buy food and strong drink and eat and drink before me” … Those instructions give us the strong impression that He wants a CELEBRATION!
Not only does He want a celebration, but He wants to set a certain atmosphere,Hhe wants there to be a specific environment. Each feast is different, each has it’s own focus, it’s own specific part of His Plan of Salvation. He wants the shadow pictures of that plan to stand out clearly. And so, He gives detailed instructions and asks us, His helpers & “stand-ins” to follow them, so that, when the day of the feast arrives, the ambiance is perfect, the mood is set, and beauty happens.
As I thought about all of this, I realized, Yehovah is the Master “Wedding coordinator/Party Planner”!
And those of us, who plan, who set the environment, who create the space for fellowship? Our love for seeing the big picture, the vision of what can be, and then making it happen? That’s a reflection of Him. We are reflecting Him 😀
Today is the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot.
The stage is set, the sukkahs are built, the tents pitched…
Let’s Celebrate shall we ?!