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The Walled Garden Vision through Susan O’Marra


The Walled Garden Vision

For several days, I have been having a progressively unfolding experience/vision that I would like to share with everyone. I pray that it is a blessing to you, and that it will inspire you to also draw closer to Jesus. The Vision: I am walking in the vision, and I see a very high walled place in front of me. I approach the high walls and I reach out to touch the wall closest in front of me. The wall is made of old stones that are worn smooth, but each stone still had their own unique characteristics. No one stone was the same as the next one in the wall. They felt smooth to the touch, and very inviting. I walked around the walls to find out where the entrance was. As I walked, some of the walls had some ivy or climbing vines crawling up the walls here and there. As I turned the last corner, I came to a wrought iron gate. The gate was very old, but very beautiful. It has many twists and curves bent into the wrought iron. It looked like it had taken a long time to make, as it was made with great care. The bars were evenly spaced apart and the iron gate was as tall as the walls itself. I looked within the bars of the gate and saw that the inside of the stone area was a very beautiful garden. I reached in to open the gate, and just as my hand went to touch the handle, the gate opened on it’s own. It was like the garden knew that I was coming to find it. I was thrilled and stepped into the enclosure. The moment I stepped in, it was as if I stepped into something surreal. I felt such a peace and a deep Presence of the Lord here in this garden. I looked up, and it seemed to me that the high walls of the garden were rising up to the clouds. The air in the garden was very heavy, but not oppressive; I searched for a proper word to describe the atmosphere of the garden. Rich, that’s the word. Rich. The whole place felt rich, and expansive. I walked towards a walkway that was made of small white stones. The whole walkway was formed and laid out in a circular path all throughout the garden. The small stones seemed to glow with the sunlight as I stepped onto the pathway. As I walked, I watched several birds that were busy fluttering about in their little tasks. One beautiful bird looked 2


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like a hummingbird, but it was a solid single color of blue, a rich blue. Another little bird was bright yellow, and it flitted around chattering as it flew and I wondered what it was saying. I saw a small little salamander that was coral colored and it ran over the stones with such agility that I smiled. He was a proud little one, I thought to myself. There was such life here and it was so refreshing to drink in everything. “You can come here anytime”, the Lord said. I jumped and turned around, and there a few yards from me standing against a high wall was Jesus. He had been watching me as I was enjoying my little discovery. I said, “Oh, this is so beautiful here. I would enjoy that very much.” The Lord laughed then and shook His head at me. He said, “This is your garden. This garden is in your heart, Susan. You created it.” I was shocked, and did not remember when I had done this. The Lord continued, “I said in My Word that I have a Place of Rest for My Children, and that they had to enter into it, in order to walk with Me in greater degrees. You created this place when you chose to seek Me and to enter into My Rest. When you responded by faith to My Word, then I was able to establish greater intimacy with you. And then you set this portion of your heart as a place for it to grow. You did not realize this of course, but every time you spend time with Me, this garden grows.” I listened to Him speak, and looked at the garden around me. A thrill shot through me as I realized that this was my garden. I grew hungry for this garden. I turned to the Lord, and asked him, “Can I look around some more?” He said, “Of course!” So we both began to leisurely explore our surroundings together. As we walked, we came to a large flat rock that looked like it was big enough to be a seat for the two of us. So I sat down and the Lord sat next to me. I felt its surface and it was not smooth, but it also was not rough either. It felt interesting, like it was porous almost, yet it looked solid. My hands followed its surface and I looked downwards towards it’s base and was surprised to see liquid flowing from the rock. It was not water though. I bent down to look, and the liquid was amber colored and it had a fragrance that wafted up to you the closer you got to it. I bent down to look closer, and I realized that it was honey flowing from the rock! 3


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The Lord watched me, and smiled. I reached down and felt the amber liquid, and it was thick and warm, but not sticky at all. It was silkier to the touch instead. I smelled it and it was so wonderful. I reached up and tasted the liquid and it was indeed honey! It was so awesome. I was amazed! Then something happened. I noticed that all of a sudden my eyesight cleared considerably. My hearing also seemed to be crisper. I could smell things better, and it was as if everything had come alive even more around me. I wanted to drink more! I had such a hunger for this that I reached down to drink, and the Lord put His hand on my shoulder. I turned, and He said, “There is plenty of time for more, let’s explore some more.” I rose slowly, disappointed some inside for the separation from the honey. But I also knew that I must obey the Lord. The Lord looked at me, and nodded. He said, “It is good to develop a hunger for the honey. For this is a revelation of Me that I desire you to grasp even more fully in the days to come. As you come to Me more and as you meet with Me in this garden more, then you shall indeed come to understand many of the deeper truths of who I am, and you will also learn to become more like Me in these areas.” I nodded in agreement. We walked for awhile and came to a small bend in the garden. At the very tip of the bend was a stone-railed lookout of sorts. I stepped closer to the railed lookout and scanned the scenery in front of me. This lookout embraced a small lush field and in this field were many shade trees, fruit trees and pine trees and periodic open spaces filled with deer. The deer had silky looking hides and rich velvety eyes. One of the mothers had a small fawn by her. They stood still just watching us watch them. As I watched, I began to be aware of a sound growing louder nearby. I followed the sound and found a small babbling brook flowing at the edge of the field where the trees lined the field. The brook meandered along the edge of the field. The small group of deer came and bent down to drink as we watched. Then they slowly finished and entered into the trees and were gone. I stood and listened to the sound of the babbling brook as it washed over rocks and wove its way past us. I was caught up in its melody and

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close my eyes for a few minutes. It seemed to me that the brook was uttering words within its flowing sounds but I could not make out the words. I tried to focus even more on the sounds to try to make out the words. A breeze began to blow and it seemed to me that the words coming from within the brook were being lifted into the air by the breeze. Just then, I caught a phrase, “The more you listen, the more you will hear.” I thought to myself that this was a strange thing for a brook to say. Jesus said, “It is true.” I turned to look at Him. He said, “The more that you listen, the more you shall hear. The more focused you become to be intuned to My voice, then the more you shall hear of what I am speaking to you. I want you to become more focused in your life to the sound of My Voice, even as I send it upon the winds to you. It is a time to listen more and to speak less. I want your undivided attention, for I have much to say to you, and to My people. There are many things that I want to reveal, and to communicate to them for the days ahead. The more that you come to Me and listen, the more you will walk deeper in My Wisdom and Council, and in deeper sensitivity to Me. It is time to hear what My Spirit is saying and to take heed, for there shall be great need of My Revealing Springs. You need to learn to draw from Me more, even from deep within your spirit, where this garden is. You must go deeper with me, and allow Me to release more of My Divine Purposes to you. My People must learn to draw from Me daily. I am the Source of all life.” “Come”, He said, “Let’s walk on some more.” I agreed and took His Hand, and we walked for a few minutes in silence. I was pondering all that I had seen and heard. I felt such a deep longing welling up in Me for more of the Lord. I stopped, and looked at the Lord. I said, “Lord, I want to come here more to be with you. I want to discover the great things you have for me here. I want to be more like you. Help me to seek you more.” The Lord looked at me as I cried out to Him. He looked at me gravely, and then He motioned for Me to follow Him. I nodded and swallowed my rising emotions and followed His footsteps.

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We came to a place where the garden ended. There was nothing here. It was empty and void of anything. The life within the garden had not moved into this area yet. I looked and the Lord pointed to it and said, “This entire garden is what you have made for Me up until this day. This empty part is what is yet to be. You can create whatever you want to create by the love and desire that you have for Me, and by the time that you spend with Me here. The amount of love and the quality of the love that you offer to Me will determine what grows and how much life it produces. You have done well, in that you have begun to flow in My wisdom and understanding and also in revelatory things. This was depicted in the rock that had honey flowing from it. You have developed My Heart, and that revelation has released a sweet flow like honey from the rock, that can flow out to others as you release it from your heart, to theirs. But you must not rely upon that which you have cultivated; you must hunger even more to go deeper in Me. You must learn to abandon yourself to me and to dig out and to search out the very deep truths that remain to be discovered within the depths of Me. Do not ever be satisfied where you are, but press further in intimacy with Me, and you shall truly see more clearly and hear more clearly, and understand more sharply what others can only grasp fuzzily or cloudily.” I longed for this place. I grasped His hand and agreed. He turned and said, “Follow Me.” We walked back to the entrance, and He paused. He turned and looked over to the wall. My gaze followed His, and I saw many winding vines that were lazily climbing the walls of the garden. I sensed that He wanted me to inspect the vines, so I moved over to the wall near us. There were indeed vines, but this vine had many small berries on it. They looked like berries anyways. They had little puckers on them and they gave off a wonderful aroma. I bent down to smell the berries. Jesus said, “Eat one.” So I reached out and gently touched a very tiny peach colored berry. It fell right into my hand. I did not even have to pick it. It was as if it had waited for me to reach out to it. I put it in my mouth and it tasted so sweet, it was like red wine, even though they were not grapes. They had a very deep flavor even though they were small. It

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was so amazing that I laughed. These were wonderful little berries! I wanted to eat even more. Jesus let me eat some more. Then He reached out and eats some too. He chewed them slowly as if enjoying each one. After a few minutes he said, “These berries are yours. You created them too. These berries represent the fruit that your love has produced for Me in this garden. Do not look at their size and think it is limited to that. Size is not what I measure, but quality. Your love is pleasing to Me and you have developed a depth and richness with Me in your walk. I enjoy tasting your love. I also wanted you to taste it. I wanted you to see that love is real, and it produces real fruit. I want you to produce even more fruit for Me, but I want rich, full fruit. I want your whole heart and I want to be your whole passion in life. I want fruit that will abound and multiply. The more that you give yourself to Me, and the more that you allow Me to put more of My love into you, will be the more that your fruit will grow but also deepen and enrich itself for Me. When I partake of you, and you partake of Me, then our communion will be as deep rich wine. You have begun to enter into this, but you are to go further. I want to reveal the greatest of wines to you, the deepest of loves to you and with you. For I love you.” I began to weep with longing for Him as He spoke. I also began to grieve for the times that I didn’t come to the garden to be with Him. I then resolved to come to Him more. I wanted Him more! I wanted to bear fruit for Him! Oh how I wanted more of Him! He gently put His arm around me and led me out the gate. He turned and said, “This is our place. A place of rest for you, and a place of discovery for us to partake of together. I will always meet you, when you seek for Me. Come, I want to show you other gardens.” We turned and walked down a path that round around a bend and we came to another garden. I looked, and it too had high walls and a gate. But this garden had a wooden gate with big brass hinges. I wondered whose garden this was. The Lord opened the gate and we stepped into the enclosure. I was amazed, as this garden was a mess! It was wild. It was growing, but in total disarray. Everything was everywhere and there was no order in the placement of anything within the walls of this place. 7


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Weeds were also growing here and there. I also saw patches of bare spots where nothing grew, but was interspaced with the living parts. Here and there, I saw pretty little wild flowers. Some were purple, others blues, and a few reds. They were like merry little faces in and around the weeds and rocks. I walked around them looking at the clutter and wondered why this garden wasn’t tended more. “So do I.” The Lord agreed, and said, “I desire that My people would not neglect their love for Me and their time with Me. This is what happens when the busyness of life and the cares of things crowd out My Love. This is a reflection of their walk with Me. Most of My Church is like this. Much of My Church is in a state of disrepair and of neglect. I hunger for their love! I hunger for their time, but they do not come enough! So our love is shallow and meager at best. This cannot continue. For I desire richness and fruit in the inward parts of My people. I desire for My people to return to Me with their whole heats and to hunger for Me as much as I hunger for them! Then our love could restore this garden. Your garden used to look like this one too. But I drew you and you responded to Me, and I brought you through a season of adversity to sharpen your love for Me. This is why I show this garden to you also. At anytime, you also can grow colder in your love for Me and you could also become neglectful in your time spent with Me. But I want you to never do this. I want you to always bear fruit with Me. Come, I want to show you one more.” He stood up and motioned for me to follow. We left that garden. We walked down a hill and over to another area. I saw a huge walled enclosure. This enclosure looked really old and lacked color. It seemed to me like it was sad. We walked up to its gate and it was already open. Its gate hung half off the hinges and it leaned as if it would not stand up much longer. It was made of wood, but this wood was all washed out in its color, like it had been sand blasted or something. We slowly made our way into the garden. Everything was dead. I mean dead! There was nothing here but rocks, and dirt, and dried up weeds, and plants. Even the trees here were shriveled and leafless, only the trunks and branches were there. I scanned the whole area, not one plant or animal or bird. Only 8


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quiet and emptiness. I saw a broken swing lying in the dirt under the dead tree. Someone used to swing here in the tree. I felt sad as I looked at it, because I loved to swing in tree swings when I was a child. I thought to myself, with a little work, this garden could be planted again. The Lord said, “Yes. It could. It has been planted before. I have enjoyed many a pleasurable days here in the past. What you see here is what happens when My people fall away from Me. They turn cold in their hearts and they dismiss My voice calling to them to come to Me. Then they harden their heart and their garden begins to die. When this happens, the life here shrivels and the joy of living life also fades within them too. Cynicism and criticalness begins to spread throughout them and they begin lose their love. I can’t call out to them anymore, for they shut Me out. Bitterness and anger now rules their thoughts, and their heart then lashes out at others in blame. Even the things they once enjoyed like this swing becomes a torment to them. So they no longer come anymore and they fully walk away from Me. Their garden then dies and their love dies, and their vision dies. They are left to wander through life and to searching - never finding anything to satisfy their lives. I watch this happen everyday, Child. Many start out hot for Me, but then they allow other things to slowly draw them away. In reality, they really never gave me all of their heart, and when something else came by, the part of their heart that they withheld from Me was drawn to it and they ran after it instead of Me. The only thing left to do is to burn this garden.” As I watched, I saw the Lord open His mouth and fire came out and He burned it all up. With the breath of His mouth, everything was turned to ashes. Then He purposefully strode out of that garden, and I had to run to keep up with Him. I ran and He walked briskly back up the hill back to where the other garden was. He went back into it, and He opened His mouth and it also caught fire. I was shocked that the Lord would burn this garden! When it was all burned up, He was satisfied. He turned and looked at me, and soberly said, “I will not accept half-hearted love or part-time love. I will have a People that truly love Me with all of their hearts and who want Me with all of their being! I will not receive that 9


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which is fickle or strangled with other things. I want deep, rich love! I am burning up all that does not produce fruit for Me. I am burning up all that is second best. I will have no other God before Me! I will have no other offering except what is wholly given unto Me! I want pure worship and sincere love. Even this half-hearted love is an affront to Me. I will not share that which is Mine! Either I am loved completely, or I am not. So, it too will be removed from before Me.” Then he strode out of the enclosure. I quickly ran after Him. We walked a ways and looking back, I wondered why the gardens had walls in the first place? Wouldn’t it be better to be free and unrestricted and left open so it could spread? Could my garden be one that did not have walls? The Lord stopped and smiled. He said slowly, “Yes. Most gardens have walls because the people want the security of a sanctuary and they desire to shut themselves in with Me. This is also pleasing to Me. This is a good thing and how I wish more would come and build them! There are also gardens that have no walls. These gardens no longer have the need for external security, as the people have learned to have their security in Me. They no longer need the structure, but have broken through into the liberty of My love. They can go as far, and as deep as they want to, as they discover more of Me. These are they that have abandoned themselves to Me, and have learned to grow outwards with Me. My Life has begun to flow outwards in their lives and walks. I am not bound within them anymore, but I can relate to them wherever they go, and in whatever they do. This freedom is their legacy.” I said to the Lord, “Lord, I also want to take down the walls of My Garden! I want to break free of the perimeters of my securities! I want to abandon myself and my love to you! Help me Jesus, to let you spread out further in My Life! I want to go all the way!” I was so desperate that I was almost screaming the words. The Lord grabbed my hand. He said to me, “Come.” He walked very fast and we went up the trail and around the bend to where my garden was standing. He stopped. I went up to it, and then I stopped. I swallowed. I then turned and said, “Lord, I know that when you prune a tree, it brings forth more fruit. I also know that when 10


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you burn a forest, then it will also sprout forth even denser foliage. Would it be wrong to ask you to burn up my garden, so that it could also bear more fruit for you?” The Lord broke out into a grin, and said “No! I desire this! I want you to bear more fruit, and to build an even more glorious garden than this! Let’s burn it together.” So we walked up and stood at the gate of the entrance. Jesus said to me, “Open your mouth, and let Me out!” So, I opened my mouth and fire came out of My mouth and it devoured everything in the enclosure. I then asked the Lord if I could also remove the stones of the walls. The Lord nodded heartily, and He said, “Let us begin.” He reached up and touched the first stone. The vision ended.

Susan OʼMarra October 20, 2010

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