Enjoy a special guest blog post by Author Leta Pereira...
Will You Follow?
As we come to the end of 2016, I find myself asking, ”Has it really been almost eight years Lord?!” As I ponder the life-changing encounter that happened in that middle-of-the night of January, 2009, I am once again in awe…
Laying down to sleep, how could I have ever imagined that I was going to be called to make a journey? Most likely you’re thinking it happened in a dream, but that wasn’t the case. Rather, I was awakened from a sound sleep to hear the clearly spoken words “Come…Follow Me My child.” The Voice was tender, the words wrapped in gentle insistence. I knew my Heavenly Father was calling me that night, and I HAD to respond. The Love I sensed around me in that moment was so Immense, my heart would have surely been crushed with the weight of denial, had I chosen not to obey. All I knew was that I had to get up and start writing. I had no idea what but, within a few minutes, I held the answer in my hand…nine verses of a poem, penned from the Heart of God. Unbelievable one might say…yet, why so? Within the pages of the Bible, we hear The Voice of God calling to people down through the ages. We should not be surprised to hear His Voice. Rather, we should EXPECT to hear His Voice. Asleep or awake, His Presence surrounds us. All He asks is for a heart that responds to Him, as the boy Samuel did…”Speak, for your servant hears.” (1st Samuel 3: 9-10)
What happened on that night in early January of 2009 was not limited to nine verses. Over the course of the days following, I continued to receive more. They always came unexpectedly, and they were always wrapped in that same gentle insistence that they must be written. As one verse followed another, they blended beautifully into the completion of the poem “Come…Follow Me.” This became the first poem in the book entitled The Message Maker, a compilation of 56 poems, each one supernaturally given for me to write down from 2009-2012.
When I speak to others, relating how my journey as His “pen” began…of all the Divine encounters and appointments I have had along the way, and continue to have…of all the lives that have been touched as others hear His Voice speaking to them within the pages of The Message Maker, I love to share Joel 2: 28-29. It is such a confirmation of what The Lord is doing throughout our world today . He is pouring out His Spirit, just as He said He would. May we raise our eyes to Heaven, lift our hands in Praise, and attune the ears of our spirt to hear His Voice, as we open the door of our hearts to obey. I can assure you that it will be a journey like no other should you make the choice to follow …
“Then Jesus said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
Mark 1: 1
Following is the introductory poem to the book. My prayer is that as you read through the lines, you will sense the Presence of Jesus…The Message Maker…
The Message Maker
The words flow through my spirit
As the pen is put to paper.
I place them verse by verse,
But He is The Message Maker.
The Holy Spirit’s gentle prodding
Of the words He will convey,
Words meant to reach His children
In a poem’s special way.
The rhythm of rhyming thoughts,
His Heartbeat of Mercy through the lines,
The longing of His Love
Extended throughout time.
When the lines are placed together,
When each poem is complete,
I add one to another,
Then I wait for Him to Speak.
For all is in His Timing
As to when each will be shared.
I wait here as His vessel,
For Him to tell me when and where.
Where to carry these words He has given,
Words to encourage, uplift and guide,
Words to enlighten this dubious world,
Words to confirm He forever abides.
He is The Maker of each poem.
He is The Writer of each line.
He is our Heavenly Father.
His Love is yours; His Love is mine.
He longs to touch our hearts
In a way we will understand
That in the reading of these poems,
We will hear The Great I AM.
Scripture Reference: Mark 4: 24
Leta Rae Pereira