During a recent time of worship, I saw myself in a dark tunnel. It was very narrow, and there was barely room for me. I could not turn around, I could only move forward. It was a tight place and I didn’t know when it would end. I felt constricted and under intense pressure to get out quickly, yet I could only crawl on my hands and knees. There was strong desire to escape, to get out of this place of confinement, yet somehow I knew the Lord was in this. I recognized the sovereignty of the Lord and the necessity of going through this narrow place as part of His plan.

Suddenly, I was through the tunnel and standing in a large open place. It was a tranquil meadow surrounded by lush vegetation and beauty glowing greens and golds, vibrant flowers of all colors. I was walking with the Lord and we were communing intimately. I was aware of being partnered with Him, not in a flippant familiarity, but one of mutual respect and love. I saw that He truly enjoyed being with me. We were so one in heart that I had no desire to be anywhere else. I was aware that all that I had need of at any given moment in time would be revealed and released to me as long as I stayed focused on and in communion with Him.

I saw that surrounding this idyllic place was a cloud of darkness and a demonic flurry of activity. There were creatures that had faces filled with violence, gnashing of teeth at the frustration of not being able to enter this place of communion. It was as if there were a protective covering of a transparent shield. I was immediately aware that as long as I stayed in that place of communion with the Lord, nothing of harm could enter in.

I hear the Lord saying to those in the tunnel, “Take courage! I am narrowing your interests, removing all things that would hinder you from your journey into the destiny I have designed for your life.” (Lk. 13:24, KJV, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”)

“Do not be afraid, I am with you even when you are not aware of My presence. This is a season of preparation where you will be made acutely aware of My presence and My love in the midst of your difficulties. You are in preparation for the oneness that will be required to receive the fullness of all that I have promised in My Son, these promises are yes and amen (2 Cor. 1:20).”

“You will soon be leaving this narrow place and entering into the fullness of beauty and intimacy that you have seen in your spirit and desired in your heart, and even tried to make happen through diligent prayer and seeking. Yet it was not My timing, or My way; there is a greater measure to be released that can only come through emptying of what you are carrying. The tunnel becomes the funnel; you are made willing for My filling!”

To those who have come out of the tunnel, I hear, “As you abide in the secret place, where your only desire is to see His face, you will see and you will know what to say and where to go. The time is coming and now is, for others to see that you are His. To be His alone in all your heart, His richest treasures will He impart. His glory will be seen and known, drawing others to His throne. Creation is groaning, awaiting the time, for the sons and daughters to truly shine. When darkness presses close at hand, I call you forth to possess the land. Stay in My Presence, let my Glory have residence. My glory will blind those who come to bring harm, and I will fell them with my mighty right arm. I have spoken and It will be. Stay close to Me, close to Me.”

Ps. 118:16, KJV, “The strong right arm of the Lord is raised in triumph. The strong right arm of the Lord has done glorious things!”

Ps. 91, KJV, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”