Something almost indescribable happened recently
in a women’s conference at our church (The Father’s House, Sutherlin).
Pastor Kami invited us all to “Grit, Grace, and Gratitude”. It was amazing
to watch and be part of what God did. He moved powerfully through
and upon all the worship leaders, speakers, and each one of us.
We learned how God often used women to shift or change
times and seasons. (Deborah & Esther to name two). We caught the
vision of being pioneers, like women of the old west, who bravely rode
in covered wagons into new, dangerous territory. They birthed new life
and new things: children, schools, churches, songs and more.
In Zachariah, 1:8-11 we find the Angel of the Lord standing among the
myrtle trees. These are hardy evergreen trees, with fragrant blossoms,
that flourish in waste lands.
Once we learned that Esther, whose given name of “Hadassah” meant
Myrtle, we all became Myrtle. We quickly caught the vision. God
transplanted Esther, from a lowly habitat to the palace. She was
chosen to be Queen Esther and saved the Jewish nation from extinction,
Suddenly, it came together. Each one of us, like Esther. has been chosen
by God and transplanted to a place where His destiny for us can be fulfilled.
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
God had His way. The worship, the words, the sounds all became stronger
and stronger, louder and louder, angels joined the chorus and then it
The presence and power of God came in like a bolt of lightning.
Over 150 ladies went into labor. Myrtles began birthing new life into their homes,
finances, relationships, jobs, marriages……the spirit of revival was loosed.
The wise woman reads this and immediately knows her name is Myrtle. Her
heart is moved to trust God and yield her will to His for such a time as this!