I had a vision of a long white wall with lines of people standing against it. Instead of leaning against the wall, they were pressed into it with half of their bodies visible. Their faces appeared sober and only their eyes were moving. None were able to shift their bodies and none were moving away from the wall. I was facing the wall and wondering what was holding them there. I also was wondering why they wanted to stay in that position. There were unable to do anything only observe what was happening away from the wall.
I heard the Lord say, “Back up against the wall.” So I physically moved by body to the wall behind me and pressed against it. As I stood there the Lord began to speak into my spirit. I heard him say, “My church is like a wallflower afraid to step away from their comfortable places. They only peer at freedom and are afraid to detach from their walls of comfort. TELL THEM TO STEP AWAY FROM THE WALL!” The resounding command vibrated throughout my body. I asked the Lord, “How am I to tell them?” Pray, I heard within. So I began praying for the body to move away from the wall.
Gazing occasionally at the massive line of people attached to the white wall, I began to feel small inside, overwhelmed, and almost hopeless. Then I realized the significance of what the Lord was showing me.
Wikipedia describes a wallflower is someone with an introverted personality type, but who still seeks out and partakes in social events on a fairly regular basis. They are often socially competent enough to be liked and to attend group gatherings, but may choose or feel the need to blend in and remain silent.
I heard the Lord say, “My church has been like wallflowers, introverted, socially competent, liked but has chosen to blend in with the world and remain silent in their true assignment.”
The church has been so pressed into the pure white wall that we have failed to step out and become the empowered body of Christ.
Again, I heard the resounding command, “STEP AWAY FROM THE WALL!” Immediately I went into an intense time of prayer, weeping and crying out for the church to move away from the wall.
The scene shifted to a gym where a dance was taking place. Few were on the floor dancing. The majority was standing up against three sides of the wall just watching those on the floor. I recalled when I used to be a wallflower in middle school. I was fairly introverted yet wanted desperately to become one of those who were dancing. Oh, if someone would just ask me to dance I would think! I knew I would be intimidated by the dance, knew I would not be sure if I could do the right moves, but I would try. It looked like so much fun.
Suddenly a hand appeared and extended an invitation to dance. I knew it was the Lord and he had chosen me! I eagerly accepted the invitation and moved out on the floor. At first I felt small and awkward and had my feet upon his feet as we danced around the room. I became more comfortable and began dancing with him with my feet on the floor and my hands in his hands. I could feel freedom explode inside me and so anticipated being able to enjoy this dance. Suddenly, I felt liberated. With my eyes totally focused on my partner, we danced.
I believe this invitation is for everyone in the body of Christ. He has chosen you. The Lord wants to dance with you in your assignment and calling. He placed those desires within you. He is inviting you to step away from your wall of comfort, fears, and insecurities and place your hand into his. This dance is freeing. This dance is fun. With him as your partner, the moves align perfectly and has no limitations of what you can accomplish.
“Let them praise his name in the dance…”(Psalm 149:3a)
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through is Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:16-20 NLT)
Step away from the wall and begin dancing!