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2011 - Montana...Can these Bones Live?

posted Jul 3, 2011, 5:23 PM by Amanda Wunderlich
At long last, the picture that I started around this time last year is finally finished.  I am so happy to be able to present to you a work  specifically for the State of Montana. 

Due to the extensive amount of time that the work on this picture covers, I am going to post here only the different journal entries I noted while working on the piece.  Read through them and be amazed and encouraged by what God has in mind for The Treasure State.

 

January 15, 2010

Encounter Young Adults Meeting

The River

We were singing the song “Dry Bones.”  I saw a picture like what is on a standard Montana license plate with the bison skull in the lower left corner.  I heard God say,

“You have taken the picture of a death and have made it a symbol for your state.  But I am not going to allow it to remain.  I am going to take what is dead, what died many years ago, and I am going to give it new life.  No longer will you be likened with the skull of the past.”

I saw water come rushing over the land and rocks on which the skull was sitting, a gentle but deep flow that picked up the skull and washed it away.

 

July 23, 2010

Encounter Young Adults Meeting

Woodland Park

During spontaneous worship that led to praying things over the State of Montana I heard God say the following statement:

“I have let them be hungry.”

I knew He was referring to the people of Montana.  Even as I wondered if I had heard correctly, He continued.

“In My mercy, I have let them be hungry.  For it is hard to tempt a satisfied person with even the finest foods.  It is difficult to entice people toward light when they have grey.  Light exposes.  Grey is comfortable.  In My mercy, I have let the ready availability be stifled.  I have let them hunger so they might run to Me for what I am longing to give them.

“It is time for a new revolution.”

Then He drew me to this scripture.  Here it is in the entirety and I will highlight certain portions afterward.

Psalm 110:1-7 AMP

1  The Lord (God) says to my Lord (the Messiah), Sit at My right hand, until I make Your adversaries Your footstool.
2  The Lord will send forth from Zion the scepter of Your strength; Rule, then, in the midst of Your foes.
3  Your people will offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in the beauty of holiness and in holy array out of the womb of the morning; to You [will spring forth] Your young men, who are as the dew.
4  The Lord has sworn and will not revoke or change it;  You are a priest forever, after the manner and order of Melchizedek.
5  The Lord at Your right hand will shatter kings in the day of His indignation.
6  He will execute judgement [in overwhelming punishment] upon the nations;  He will fill the valleys with the dead bodies, He will crush the [chief] heas over lands many and far extended.
7  He will drink of the brook by the way; therefore will He lift up His head [triumphantly].

“Out of the womb of the morning...”

Before the morning there is a darkness.  There is night prior to morning.  The womb.  Something conceived in the darkness.  In the darkness God has planted a seed in the hungry ones.  

God says, “I hear the cry of life!”  

It is time for the morning.  It is time for a new thing to be born and brought forth.  It has been a dark night.  

God says, “I have let them be hungry.  They are ready and waiting for the morning.  They are weary of the darkness and will be eager for light.”

 

August, 2010

Home

I was home alone and I went into our living room.  My latest prophetic picture “Holding Back Destiny” hangs in there.  I sat down in the only chair that faces that picture on the wall.  As I looked at it I suddenly saw another picture.  It was like my current vision was blanked out and I was looking at another picture that was just as clear and real.  

I saw a bison skull done in graphite pencil in high detail.  The left half of the skull was dry, cracked and obviously sun bleached.  But as the picture moved to the right side, it changed to colored pencil in reds, golds, yellow, and blue.  The skull transformed into a living bison.  It was like the living flesh was crawling over the bone from the right, gradually bringing the animal life.  Bits of pink flesh reached out across the bone at the center of the picture.  

The colors and style of the picture had a distinct Native American flavor to it.  Definitely not something I would just imagine in my own artistic mind, as I do not particularly have a fondness for such art.  

Under the picture I saw these printed words:

“Montana...can these bones live?”


At the time, I had completely forgotten the above words that God had spoken through the year.  I was simply stunned by the picture and knew it was the next one I was supposed to do.

I began working on the picture within the next week.  It was then that God brought me back to the words He had spoken earlier and I realized that He had been speaking of this picture to me for some time.  So cool!

 

August 24, 2010

Home

Drawing Time

God drew me to this scripture while working on the bison.  Read through this with the image that God gave me in your mind.  See the State of Montana, Kalispell and the Flathead Valley.  Perceive and recognize what God is saying to us!

Ezekiel 37:1-14 AMP

1  The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.
2  And He caused me to pass round about among them, and behold, there were very many [human bones] in the open valley or plain, and behold, they were very dry.
3  And He said to me, Son of man, can these bones live?  And I answered, O Lord God, You know!
4Again He said to me, Prophesy to these bones and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.
5  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath and spirit to enter you, and you shall live;
6  And I will lay sinews upon you and bring up flesh upon you and cover you with skin, and I will put breath and spirit in you. and you [dry bones] shall live; and you shall know, understand, and realize that I am the Lord [the Sovereign Ruler, Who calls forth loyalty and obedient service].
7  So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a [thundering] noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8  And I looked and behold, there were sinews upon [the bones] and flesh came upon them and skin covered them over, but there was no breath or spirit in them.
9  Then said He to me, Prophesy to the breath and spirit, son of man, and say to the breath and spirit, Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath and spirit, and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
10  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath and spirit came into [the bones], and they lived and stood up upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.
11  Then He said to me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.  Behold, they say, Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are completely cut off.
12  Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, O My people; and I will bring you [back home] to the land of Israel.
13  And you shall know that I am the Lord [your sovereign Ruler], when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, O My people.
14  And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land.  Then you shall know, understand, and realize that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it, says the Lord.

God spoke to me while working on the picture on this day and showed me the following things.  

“…behold, they were very dry…”  What do church people typically say of Montana?  That the church here is so dry. 

“…there was a thundering noise and behold, a shaking and trembling and a rattling…”  There is a shaking as things come into order with what God has in mind to bring to pass.  Have you noticed the shaking happening lately in our State and the nation? 

“come and breathe upon these slain…”  They were slain.  The army described here did not die of natural causes.  They were violently slaughtered, their limbs torn from them and scattered round about the valley.  Life was taken from them.  Blood is crying out.  God is come to bring justice to the slain.


Kim Walker’s spontaneous song, “Let Your Glory Rain Down/ Cover us!  Cover us!” was prayed out over the valley, calling for God’s glory to come and revive the dry bones.

 

August 26, 2010

Home

Drawing Time

God started to give me names of songs that I had not heard before to look up and play while I was drawing.  One of them was Jason Upton’s “Lion of Judah”.  The second verse was like being shouted into my spirit.

“No one knows the hour.
No one knows the day.
Jesus is coming soon.
All creation trembles, longing for the day.
Jesus is coming soon
There will be judgment.
There will be mercy
On that terrible day
Leaders will bow down.
Kingdoms will fall down.
Have you felt your world begin to shake?

Hear the sound of the Lion of Judah
See the fire and the fear in the enemy’s camp
From the sound of the lion of Judah roaring again
There’s a new generation arising
A nameless, faceless, placeless tribe
All they fear is the fear of the Lord
All they hear is the Lion of Judah

All I saw were bones breaking in the darkness (valley of dry bones…)
Then I walked into the light
There I saw an army coming from the river (interesting...that’s my church name)
With five stones and ready to fight

There will be judgment.
There will be mercy
On that terrible day
Leaders will bow down.
Kingdoms will fall down.
Have you felt your world begin to shake?

Hear the sound of the Lion of Judah
See the fire and the fear in the enemy’s camp
From the sound of the lion of Judah roaring again
There’s a new generation arising
A nameless, faceless, placeless tribe
All they fear is the fear of the Lord
All they hear is the Lion of Judah

August 31, 2010

Home

Drawing Time


God told me to look up a song called “Freedom”.  Immediately I found Jason Upton’s song of that title.  He showed me that it is time for God’s people in Montana to be free from legalism and the things that hold us back from a move of His Spirit.  God is saying, “Freedom!”

Then in the midst of the song I started to see flashes of Native American people.  God told me that all that He spoke about the State of Montana being valued more for its past than its future also applied to the Native peoples.  And God has a message for them.  “Freedom!”  God is going to do something awesome on the reservations.  Watch for it!  The lyrics of the song:

Freedom!!

Back in the bible there was that old Pharaoh
Who ruled over Egypt and Israel
God spoke to Moses through fired up bushes
Said kick off your shoes and stay awhile

All of humanity was made to worship me
Pharaoh get outta my way
God is saying!

Freedom to dance
Freedom to sing
Freedom to grow
I'm telling you Pharaoh let Gods people go!

Worship now
Worship now
Worship your God (x4)
(let 'em go)

Well, we live in a country supposedly Pharaoh-less
But all over town and in churches abide
Powerful weaklings who practice they're politics
Stealing from Jesus his beautiful bride
Whether you're Pharisees, Sadducees, heresies
You best get outta God's way!
(God is sayin')

Chorus

Worship now
Worship now
Worship your God (x4)
(let 'em go)

 

January 14, 2011

Home

Drawing Time

“You have been known and recognized for your past more than your present and future.  Like the buffalo, valued more dead than alive.  But I am a God of resurrection.  I am a God of the future.  I am a God of the NOW and I say that I am about to reverse this.  You will once again capture the attention of the nation but not for your past.  Not because of what is dead.  But they will look because of what lives!”

 

January 29, 2011

Home

Drawing Time


I was drawing in the evening, my easel set up so I could see out my window overlooking the Flathead Valley.  A song came on that I did not even know was on my ipod.  It was Steve Swanson’s “Rivers in the Desert”.  I felt God’s presence descend like a thick blanket in the room and I just sat still, feeling His Spirit press the words of this song deep into my soul.  

“There’s a new song rising up

 one like never heard before.  

Voices singing, crying out

 in worshiping the Lord.  

We will join the symphony

 its the anthem of the age.  

As every knee bows

 every tongue proclaims

 every heart is filled with praise.  

There’s a new sound rising up

 one like never heard before.  

Chains of bondage falling off

 and crashing to the floor.  

The sound of freedom fills the air

 and there’s dancing everywhere.  

No more darkness, no more suffering

  just the shouts of victory!

 

Behold, He’s doing a new thing!  

Rivers in the desert we will see.

  Behold He’s doing a new thing!  

He’s making a way, setting us free!  

Behold, He’s doing a new thing!  

Every mountain’s been cast in the sea.  

Behold He’s doing a new thing,

a new thing in me!

 

There’s a new day dawning now

 where the old is passed away.  

There's a remnant rising up

 a generation for today.  

A mighty army marching on

 armed with His Spirit and His song

 singing come now holy one

 your bride has waited for You so long.

 

Behold, He’s doing a new thing!  

Rivers in the desert we will see.  

Behold He’s doing a new thing!  

He’s making a way, setting us free!  

Behold, He’s doing a new thing!  

Every mountain’s been cast to the sea.  

Behold He’s doing a new thing,

a new thing in me!

After this, I looked out over the valley and in the Spirit saw a mass of swirling clouds, like thunderclouds, over the valley.  I found myself on my knees as an incredible sense of God hovering over the valley washed over me.  This is what I wrote in my journal.

“God is hovering over the valley.  The creative, powerful, unstoppable force of His nature is hovering over this place.  What happens when the Spirit of God hovers?  New things explode into being.  Order replaces chaos.  Light conquers darkness.  Life overpowers death.  Freedom reigns over captivity and renders it lifeless.
The Spirit of God is hovering.  Praise Him for what He has come to do.  Open your eyes and cry to see His hand move.  Look for the new, the unexplainable, the creative, unimaginable, the unmistakable hand of Almighty God.  He is hover over this place!”

 

March 17, 2011

Home

Prayer Time

 During the process of working on this picture and sharing it with people, I was frequently asked if it had a personal message.  I always replied that it was for the State of Montana and the Native American people.  I truly did not believe it had a personal message. 

God changed my opinion on that one night while I was praying.  He drew my eye to the nearly-finished picture on my easel.  This is what I He spoke into my spirit.

 

"This picture is not just for the State of Montana, the Flathead Valley or Kalispell.  There is a personal message as well.  [The message is] It takes courage to live.  It takes courage to allow the dead places inside to live again.  Like the army in Ezekiel 37, there are dreams that have been brutally slain.  Hopes and promises have bleached in the sun.  It is easier to let them stay that way.  Dead things have no feeling.  They cannot be disappointed.  They have no uncertainties, no doubts, no questions.  They are predictable and safe.  But it takes courage to live."

I believe there is a call coming that is going to rattle the bones hidden away in the battlefields of our hearts.  God is asking, "Can these bones live?"

What is your answer?  Will you allow things to come to life again?  It takes courage to live.  To feel.  To hope.  To love.  It takes courage to dream and plan for a future.

Do not fight to remain dead.  For though life may come, it is fragile.  Those who do not long for life will snuff it out again, believing death to be safer.  It takes courage to live.  All places where death has crept in, make the decision to allow life; a life that thrives and experiences all that God intended it to experience.  An army ready at attention to receive orders from the One who gives them life.”

The following night while at a worship meeting, the Lord addressed this again.  During a quite time in worship I saw a picture of a gravestone and heard the Lord say, "Every human heart has a graveyard."

Then suddenly I was looking at a row of gravestones in a beautiful, peaceful church cemetery.  A chapel was off to one side.  The entire site was surrounded by tall trees that moved ever so slightly in a gentle wind.  The sun was shining.  Everything was well cared for and appearing well in order.  I knew I was looking at the graveyard of my heart.  Somehow in my mind I would have expected it to be a dark, depressive sort of place.  It did not seem so terrible to me.

I heard the Lord say, "You think because you have given them [hopes, dreams, prophetic words] a Christian burial that it is okay, even right and spiritual, that they have died and been buried.  But it is not okay.  I am not okay with graveyards."

I saw Jesus come into the clearing and begin to walk along the row of gravestones.  He read the description on each one as He passed.  At one, He paused and pointed.  "That one died prematurely," He said.

They were not only dead, like the bones of the army in Ezekiel 37, but I had buried them.  I had pronounced them dead and covered them over with pain, disappointment, regret, fear, and the biggest shovelful of all…resignation.  There were hopes, dreams, parts of my destiny even, that I had buried and wanted to believe that they were meant to be that way because it was painful to hope.  It was actually easier to allow them to be dead and gone.  And then, with my words, I had declared myself resigned to the loss and even determined to keep them safely buried in the ground.

In essence, I had taken control over certain areas of my life and decided that I would not revisit them again.  I had buried them.

I felt like I heard the Lord say, "You say you want Me to bring forth your destiny.  You say you will follow Me wherever I call you to go.  What if the time for the fullness of one of these promises is now and you have buried it?  Will you let it live again?  Will you trust Me and let Me bring it to life again?"

Even as I accepted that I wanted resurrection, I saw Him hand me a shovel.  I knew I had to clear away the words spoken, stances taken, decisions made, and walls built that were holding down my destiny before resurrection could occur.  I had pronounced it dead.  Now I had to determine to live.  I had to have the courage to unearth a dream, a calling, a destiny and allow it to live again.

I will not say it is easy.  There is fear of experiencing pain or rejection again as you start unearthing what has been safely buried.  But the fact is, I do want all that God has for me in this hour, this moment of my life.  And if that means that I have to face things that frighten me, things I have hidden away so I do not have to look at them and deal with the emotions they bring, then I want to do it.  If He is not okay with graveyards, then I don't want to be either.

Yes, it takes courage to live.  But I can say, even after just a short time of agreeing with Life, that it is worth it all. 

Do not miss out on something God wants to bring forth in your life because you are trying to protect yourself.  Fear will never lead to freedom.  Only life will take you there.

 

June 15, 2011

Home

FINISHED!

God spoke to my heart and told me that the picture was complete!  Lift up your heads, Montanans!  God is here and the greatest days of our state are at our fingertips.  He is moving, breathing life into us.  Fan the flames!  Look for it!  It is here, coming to life before your very eyes.

 

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