Desire Of My Soul

Flashes of Lightning: Standing Watch [2019 – Division]


A divine spark. A flash image. A scripture suspended before me. This series shares soul-to-soul watchwords that I believe the Lord has impressed on me for this season, hour, moment that we’re in.


This image/word was given three different times over an eleven-month period. Believers are called to unity . . . even in a world whose division is growing.


“I will take my stand at my watchpost and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what He will say to me.” —Habakkuk 2:1


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WATCHWORD DATE: This word was birthed from one given much, much earlier (2016), but it became prominent the week of July 15, 2019


Division. Out of nowhere, an image appeared before me. I’d been sitting on my couch, reflecting on some national news when the LORD flashed a map of the US—with a big jagged split, slightly angled left to right, down the center.


About two weeks or so passed, then I received another image. It was similar to the first . . . except the center break in the nation-image was caved in, sunken, nearly deluged.


[Eleven months later—June 3, 2020—the image appeared again. The gulf in the division was even greater.]




On August 2, 2019, two weeks after receiving the split-nation image, the LORD gave me this scripture two times from two different sources within moments of each other. The anticipated rise of a divisive season before me, this scripture underscored how to stay standing even in a turbulent season.


As for the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me,
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
—Philippians 4:9


Be steadfast

unshakable, disciplined, running with horses (vs. faltering to keep up with the footmen Jeremiah 12:5)

Walk in Him

yielded, humbly, serving, devoted to His Word and prayer

Stand firmly

no compromise, no wavering, no doubts

Act per His ways

nobly, righteously, purely, your faith in action

Keep your mind focused

on what is good, pure, right, lovely, just, true


As we do . . . regardless of what comes, no matter how the winds blow, our souls will have a lighthouse—His Word, His face, His faithfulness—to guide us into His safe haven where His strength enlivens and carries us through.


When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
—Isaiah 43:2a


CREDITS: Lighthouse/lightning photo by. Michael Krahn on

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