“You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:4-5 ESV
This one is for the Sons of the Land.
“So shall your sons marry you”, as I continue to pause and pounder, to Selah, over the intens and deep understand of marrying the land. Covenant is my focus point after living for 15 years in the nation of Sweden.
Let me explain our why and where here in the land.
Although I knew Sweden through the way my wife introduced it to me for many years ago being Au-Pair in the early 70ties, it really became more relevant to me when my daughter married Marcus and moved to this nation in 2000. Visiting the nation and the new grandchildren that were born made me connect to the youth of Sweden. Fresh, vibrant, creative boys and girls with a love for sport and nature and a potential beyond what I’ve met in the Netherlands.
Every time I went back I could literally cry, saddened by seeing the potential but smelling the fear when we start talking about initiative and entrepreneurship. Crying meanly over the lack of courage, driven by fear for the unknown and fuelled by the lie that risk taking is dangerous.
It puzzled me and over the years I understood the deep cause of it where especially fatherhood, the very source for identity and confirmation, was taken away by a socialistic ideology as government is the only high authority in your life. Obedience is therefor the only respond to a law-loving nation and its youth.
For 8 years we traveled up and down (visiting our newborn grandchildren) and in a defining moment when the possibility or even urge came up to move to Sweden, in my total resistance I felt the question deep in my spirit when He asked me: “You’ve been crying long enough over this generation, are you willing to go and be a father to them?”. Quite a question, I hope you agree.
And so we went, we packed our stuff and moved knowing that “the sending” came with a huge responsibility. Thank God we didn’t flee our beloved nation, as there was no reason that had the motives of today’s movers over these past 3 shocking years. No, we knew that the cry of a nation reached the Throne and came into the Hands and Heart of a loving Father as He looked around, searching for willing hearts in order to raise the question: “Can I send you?“. I can honestly say that this nation is full with the Send Ones, the people from abroad that felt the same calling!
And we’ve met them, again and again. The vibrant, creative, even bold young people, sidetracked by a system but somehow willing to do it different. We’ve had walks, talks, coffee and discussions. I had to realise that “working the soil” by asking confronting questions was mostly the hardset part.
We’ve met the fathers and mothers, trapped in a working moneymaking society, running in the system and sometimes “just” praying in our own place of authority, our living room was the only thing we could do. They came, connected, confronted and sometimes to my sadness left. But, we trust the work Holy Spirit started and even today little signals are seen of a generation that has enough of the status quo and looks around to find the NEW, the answers.
Even the election of the past weekend gives us hope as especially this generation of young potential voted different. Their voice told us, enough is enough!
They are so ready to marry the land, to make it their own land, not the land a bunch of politicians with a questionable ideology are making it. The vote was a huge NO.
They are even willing to disconnect from the mindset of Lagom and mediocre choices.
They need the father that say, “please go and do what we couldn’t do”. They need to hear them say, “Please forgive us for the limitation we’ve put on you and the legacy we gave you”! They are deeply in need of that one sentence that only a father can give them: I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT, I BELIEVE IN YOU.
Pastors, become the men they need, that release them by seeing the potential. Don’t be confused by THE DIFFERENT, but see the Hand of God in it and FATHER them. Stop telling them what to vote and trust them in this invisible truth of BEHOLD I WILL DO A NEW THING. Start building back the houses and the families. Hand over the authority of parenthood back to the only legal place where it belong, THE HOUSES.
Part 3 will probably come in time but for now, let’s hold on to the promise that “so shall your God rejoice over you.“