As cardinals have begun showing up daily, God has been drawing me to that word. Cardinal is related to direction, and it's root, cardinalis means "serving as a hinge”. A hinge is device on which door turns, so this time is "something on which a development turns”. We are entering into a turning point. Hinging also implies a contingency, so this is a time that the following events are contingent upon. I can't help but see the image of a door with hinges... Hinges OPEN and CLOSE doors. It's time to ask God, "what is my hinge? What is the development in my or in my life that is going to open or close this next door?". As I began to look for an image that captured this idea to go with this article, I found the above picture. I looked up the numbers the door is marked with ("859") in Strong's concordance. One of the correlations: "Release". God is wanting to release you FROM certain things in order to release you INTO other things.
In asking God more about how to uncover the hinges, God has been highlighting the numbers 234 to me for the past few weeks. I’d see them everywhere. When I looked up 234 in Strong’s concordance, the Greek correlate is alisgéma meaning “pollution”. Looking up the definition of pollution, Oxford defines it as “the presence in or introduction into the environment of a substance or thing that has harmful or poisonous effects...based on the root of lutum ‘mud’. “.
Some have been feeling the effects of spiritual mud. God is wanting to tenderly take the “mud” out of your environment! Just as the blind man was healed when Jesus told him to wash the mud off his eyes, the removal of these “polluting” things is going to restore full, healthy vision.
So what is mud? Here are just some examples according to scripture:
Rejection by People/Being “Stuck” in the Natural:
All the women who are left in the royal palace of Judah will be led out to the officers of the king of Babylon. They will taunt you saying, 'Your trusted friends misled you; they have gotten the best of you. Now that your feet are stuck in the mud, they have turned their backs on you.'” Jeremiah 38:22
Places Where Truth Has Been Hidden:
“Therefore and because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up the wall, and, behold, others plastered it with loose mud:” Ezekiel 13:10
The Impacts of Negative Choices:
“And my flock must graze the [pasture] treaded upon by your feet, and must drink the mud puddle [stirred up] by your feet."
Returning to Things God has Already Led You Out Of:
“It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and, "a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud."” 2 Peter 2:22
These are the things that God is gently removing so that we can see the door of greater opportunity right in front of us! Just as with the blind man, God is touching our situation, asking us to wash off the mud, and imparting NEW VISION.
Some have been in a time of chaos. Just as 2-3-4 is sequential, God has been whispering that He wants to bring His order and direction to your chaos. I went back in scripture to the greatest chaos which comes (coincidentally) right before CREATION. CHAOS is tamed by CREATION, so if you’re in a chaotic time, take encouragement that a time of creation is right around the corner. As you begin to cast out chaos in the name of Jesus and declare God’s order into your situation, get ready for the light to break through.
“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
This was the chaos. But God was hovering and ready. Then with the decree, next came light into the darkness. Not only does light increase VISIBILITY it increases ORDER because it allows a SEPARATION between light and dark. Separation or distinction allows for clearer choices.
Choice are going to be important because this is a time when God is revealing some of the plans of His that are getting NEAR. There are some details that will remain divine secrets or surprises, but God is inviting you to ask Him for new direction and new clarity. As you recognize the "mud" that God is wanting to rinse off, it may mean a pruning of things God is highlighting that are not for this season. As you listen for God's specific directions is your life, watch the door in front of you swing open wide, your vision be restored, and chaos give in to creation!