He Will Cause you to Serve Him
My mother was urging me. “Stand in the line, Bonnie, hurry!” I turned and looked back at the many people, young and old waiting.
It was the late 1970’s and I was wearing a long maxi dress. The brightly colored flowers were bursting forth at the seams and my sandals had large buckled squares that draped across my ankles. My hair was sapling bark brown, straight, and hanging down my back mid-way. In the summer, it was glossy satin but come winter, a stringy static mess. I was a young girl, preteen or just above that and completely naive of my own beauty or worth. I was self-conscious, scared and a tad pigeon-toed.
The line was now draped around the church’s outer wall, lingering on towards the back doors of the sanctuary.
The excitement in my mother’s voice was charged.
“Bonnie get in line and see what he tells you. “He” being the prophetic evangelist that was visiting our church. “He” who obviously had a direct line to God.
Again my mother exclaimed, “Go on, He is very gifted and just told me many things only God would have known. I want to see what he tells you.”
I never liked being in the spot-light and shied away from the front of the sanctuary. Certain people had a habit of frightening me as a young child. They sang in languages I had never heard of and spoke in un-known tongues. No one had educated me on the tongues of angels and of men.
Up front stood the pastor, elders, and the catchers! I knew what the catcher’s job entailed. Catchers were the people that stood behind you in case you fell under the power of the Holy Spirit. They draped cloths over the women’s dresses after they had floated backward just in case anything might be exposed that shouldn’t be.
My mother always fell.
She said, “They just barely have to touch me Bonnie and I go down” as if this signified some level of holiness. She assured me that it didn’t hurt and that she felt as if she had landed on cotton. “Honest Bonnie, it doesn’t hurt at all, it’s the most wonderful experience!” Her eyes twinkled with excitement. I nodded, still unsure of my quest for significance. Did I really want to feel this Holy Spirit and was this really what they were feeling? I knew what I personally felt but wasn’t quite sure it was the same.
Unknowingly, this, along with many other quizzical moments would one day cause me to study doctrine with binocular vision. I headed to the back of the line that was becoming shorter and nervously sighed. I secretly hoped I wouldn’t fall in the floor, to be draped in a black cloth while onlookers gawked. What if I became stuck there crying uncontrollably and couldn’t move like some I had seen in the past? Or worse, laughing like a hyena at nothing in particular.
I was doing this for my mother. I wanted to please her and I wanted to get a good word, one that would mesmerize my mother. I longed to hear how I would do something great for God one day. I thought in my underdeveloped brain that if this man told me something spiritually creative about myself my mother would be very proud of me. And I wanted so desperately to please her. This too would cause me great pain.
As I moved forward, I looked at the balding dark headed man who was of large stature and wondered what he would prophesy over me.
There are moments in life that stick with you, like a piece of putty stuck in your conscious mind. This man is one of those plasters that have lingered with me forever.
He placed his large hand on my head and began to pray in the spirit. Then he looked into my eyes and said, “Daughter the Lord says He will cause you to serve Him!” He repeated it even louder and with more force, “I said, HE WILL CAUSE YOU TO SERVE HIM!” I stared at him my eyes frozen with fear. Then he motioned for me to go on back to my seat. I was stunned. The women behind me made faces at one another and then looked at me strangely. This prophet had spoken words of encouragement to many. Meanwhile, I get a peculiar look and a stern word. Not only that but he looked as shocked as me that he said it.
My mother was anxious to hear what this holy man of God had spoken over me. Her ears were as perked up as a Chihuahua as I made my way back down the aisle.
“Well, what did he say?”
I must have looked funny. I’m sure my cheeks were flushed and my mouth pursed tightly.
“Bonnie what’s wrong?”
I struggled to state the one sentence but finally got it out.
The echo, “He will cause you to serve Him.”
“He said what? I repeated it hoarsely.
“God will cause me to serve Him…”
“Well, that sure was different–goodness, what do you think he meant?” Her eyes had lost the glitter and were now widely open. I felt the scrutiny of her eyes shifting from my buckled shoes and back up to my face. Then, for a moment a stinging upon my soul, that changed to compassion.
“Gosh Bonnie, I don’t know what I would think if he would have said that to me?” She again stared at me intently like the women behind me in line who had heard his voice boom.
I shrugged my shoulders and sat down. But in my mind I was asking God a question, “Do I not serve you already?” I had been what many call “saved” at a very young age and loved God. I already felt invisible at home and I didn’t seem to fit in at school. Now I was hearing from this man that I was not serving God? He was supposed to hear from the Father. My mother called him anointed.
I went to every church service and I learned multiple scriptures. I won awards for memorizing the most verses. I prayed and I secretly wanted to do some type of work for God. Why was this happening to me?
I hung my head down. I felt funny inside.
I never forgot this man’s prophecy and some twenty years later, in the midst of one of my most broken, backslidden lifestyles, He did cause me to serve Him with a fear and an awe, and complete wonder. Yes, the man who had laid hands on me years before had heard the voice of Hashem clearly in his ear.
It was a summer night in 2005. I had gotten married two years prior at the little white chapel in Las Vegas, but never finalized it. There was nothing white or pure about this union. After drinking and having sex with a man I called my husband, but like the woman at the well only lived with. I heard the sound of all the water in the ocean come crashing into me.
The voice spoke only five words, “Get your house in order.” I catapulted up in the bed and looked out my window at the moon that for the first time in my life looked different. For the first time in my life, I knew that the same voice that just spoke to me had also hung that moon in the sky, along with the whole host of heaven. “God is that you?” I couldn’t breathe.
My heart was beating faster than it ever had and waves of the vibration from His voice were still plummeting into my soul. “Get your house in order.” It ricocheted through me! I remember thinking, “Could God be trying to talk to me?” Is this voice I just heard that caused me to jump, really God? I couldn’t get the sudden fear of The Creator of All out of my mind, my whole body was vibrating. I cannot tell you how I knew this, but suddenly I knew that this voice was THE ANCIENT OF DAYS! This voice was THE GREAT I AM! Every bit of the blood pumping through my veins was confirming it. I don’t know how, but I knew the VOICE I had heard was from The Lord Adonai. And if it was God, why was He speaking to me? Out of all the sinners in the universe, why did He want me to get my house in order? Was he taking me home? Did He have an assignment for me? I didn’t have the answers yet, but I knew something bigger than me was happening.
I did a quick mental sweep of my spiritual house and my natural house and then my heart sank like the titanic.
I knew where those scriptures fell in the bible because even in my backslidden state I read His word daily and wanted to change. One was about a king named Hezekiah.
“Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah, the son of Amos went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER, because you are going to die; you will not recover.”
Was I going to die? I knew Hezekiah pleaded with HaShem and reminded him of all the righteous things he had done, therefore, God gave him 15 more years, but I had nothing to plead with!
I laid there for what seemed like hours meditating on the state of my conscious mind and what had just transpired. Finally, I drifted off to sleep and in my dream like state I began to hear the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
This reading of the Word was being read to my spirit man in a way the Bible never had been read before and it continued, “ And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Then I began to hear God’s voice boom again, only this time, it was different, it was more of a narrator in my spirit man speaking to me. “Bonnie do you think that I gave you life so you can fulfill it on the lust of your flesh? DO YOU THINK I GAVE YOU LIFE SO YOU CAN AIMLESSLY THROW IT AWAY? Is not your life a PRECIOUS GIFT? Do you not see how I had an order to my creation? DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT I AM A GOD OF ORDER?
“Get your house in order!.”
I continued to hear scriptures throughout the night and into the wee morning hours.
Something happened the next day that I cannot explain. I awoke with an incredible terror of YHWH. For the first time in my life, I knew what the scripture meant when he said, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling!”
I spent two days in a daze. I didn’t speak much, but sat and relived the Voice. I didn’t share this experience with anyone.
I had a fear now of a God I had heard about all my life but never knew in this manner. I knew the Sunday school teachings I had learned. The countless services and tent revivals I had been taken to since birth. I knew all the Bible stories and I talked to God. I talked to God as if He were my friend and I told him I was sorry after I fell into sin, drunkenness and adultery. I cried and read the Bible and pleaded for Him to forgive me over and over again, but I kept doing what I didn’t want to do. It was just as Paul said in Romans, “For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate” 7:15. I knew the Father heard me and even answered me at times, but this time it was life changing.
Now, I FEARED the sound of many waters. He was Holy. He was omnipotent! I was grass.
“Get your house in order!”
Yes, His voice had penetrated my heart and my soul. He was causing me to serve Him.