At the beginning of this year, I had a dream that a friend of mine was delivering a baby. My friend was an old friend and a man, Edward. Two pastors were helping him. But instead of being beside him coaching him. They were on top of him. One Pastor was laying on Edward’s feet the other was laying on top of him long ways. Edward shoved them both off and the baby came quickly.
I woke up from the dream and the first word that came to me was alignment. I think the dream is about alignment. The new move of God will require us to do things differently than in the past. Perhaps the ways of the past will hinder the process of birthing the new move of God.
Alignment is like a birth canal that is unobstructed. Childbirth is natural and normal. God designed us to give birth but you can’t give birth if people are on top of you.
Edward represents the old guard. Earlier Edward was wearing pants under a dress. In the dream, it was perfectly normal for him to be wearing a dress. His wife told him in a tender voice, “No honey, you have to take the pants off if you are going to wear a dress.” And I think of the phrase, who wears the pants in the family? It’s a metaphor for control. We can’t be in control of the something new God is birthing. Perhaps that is the first thing we must accept: we are not in control. This will be hard especially for leaders who think their role is to be in control. Perhaps leadership in the new move will be more like mid-wife. We stand beside people—not over them—as they birth new things.
The message in my dream is that you can’t hang on to the old and embrace the new at the same time. You must let go of the old. We don’t have to stay on top of the new move of God or stay in control because that is the role of leadership in the past. If leaders can remove themselves from being on top, the new move will come. Flow. Natural.