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Helen Calder: "God Is Drawing You Out of Deep Waters"

Helen Calder
Mar 4, 2023

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Steve ShultzThere are times when we feel we are "in over our head," so to speak...and dealing with many difficulties in life.

If you can relate to this, you've got to read this message from Helen Calder of Australia, as she says that God is moving on our behalf:

So today, if it seems that you have been swamped or pulled down; if all around there is trouble, or disaster threatens, look up, for God is moving Heaven and Earth on your behalf.

Steve ShultzGod knows us inside and out. He knows our limits and when we are crying out for Him to rescue us from troubled waters. Helen's word will really help you in this area.

Be encouraged that God is coming after you and raising you out of the depths of troubled waters. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)

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This is a timely word for many of us right now: "He reached down from Heaven and rescued me; He drew me out of deep waters" (Psalm 18:16 NLT).

Being in "deep waters" speaks of being out of our depth or in danger. It can also be symbolic of experiencing opposition. David wrote the 18th Psalm "on the day the LORD rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul" (see introduction to Psalm 18 NLT). He was testifying of his deliverance while the dangers he faced were still vivid in his mind.

If you can relate to this today, hear God say, "Beloved, I am drawing you out of the waters that have surrounded you! And you shall fulfill your destiny."

A Vision of Eden Park Stadium

On Sunday, the 29th of January, I had a vision (I noted that the vision was unusual, in that throughout it I was purely observing). My starting point for this vision was Eden Park, which is a stadium in my hometown of Auckland, New Zealand. That weekend, rain caused devastating floods throughout the city. It was a disaster, and even Eden Park was inundated. So I had already seen photos of the stadium filled with water, which is where the vision began.

I was looking down at the stadium from a helicopter viewpoint and saw that the central ground area was filled with floodwater, just as I'd seen it on the news—except that the stadium seats were not empty but packed with a crowd, and every person was on their feet, praising God and cheering! (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Then as I watched, the water level began to lower. As this happened, to my amazement, more lines of people were being revealed. They were emerging out of the floodwaters! These new rows of people coming into view were cheering and praising, just like those in the highest stands were. The water level kept dropping, and more lines of people became visible.

Then I realized that the water wasn't draining out, but the stadium was being pulled up out of the water by the unseen hand of God. And now there were great crowds of previously hidden people being revealed.

At that moment, I heard the Lord say, "I have reserves that you do not know about." And I understood that He was referring to people and resources.

Communication Between Heaven and Earth

The vision changed and now it was as though I was far above the earth. Below me, surrounding the earth, was an atmosphere which looked like a combination of fog and smoke. It was dirty-brown in color and swirling around; but on the surface, facing the clear atmosphere of the heavens, there were large dishes—reminiscent of satellite dishes. They were pointing Heavenward, and I knew the people praising below had set them in place.

Finally, I saw long-stemmed trumpets of gold and silver. The bell parts of these trumpets were being thrust from the earth, appearing through the mist. Each was sounding off notes in triumphant bursts. I could not see where these trumpets originated as they emerged from the murky atmosphere from in between the receiving dishes. They seemed to be voices of proclamation, jubilation and praise—prophetic in nature! But something about the mystery of their whereabouts felt like an invitation...a call to desire this ministry.

My Reflections on the Vision

Eden Park is an actual location in Auckland, but it also has a symbolic meaning. Eden was the name of the garden in Genesis, and it is a Hebrew name which means "delight" or "pleasure" (see Strong's H5730 and H5731). (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Right now, I believe the Father is inviting us back to the beginning, to the garden—the "park" which is the place of rest and close relationship with Him. The difficulties of today will lead us to testify of deliverance, and many will find their delight in Jesus.

The Deliverer Generation and a People of Praise

In the opening chapters of Exodus, we read about Moses, whose name means "drawn out" (see Strong's H4872). Pharaoh's daughter explained that she named him Moses because she "drew him out of the water" (see Exodus 2:10). Likewise, those whom God has drawn from the depths will become the deliverers of our day, for He knows them and has kept them for this time. And many will be swept into the Kingdom of God.

Today, in the face of your own "deep waters," know that you are not a helpless bystander but a participant in God's plans. The people I saw in this stadium were not there to view an event; instead, they were the main event. For God is raising up a people of praise in this generation, and the world will watch and wonder.

"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light..." (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV)

The Holy Spirit Is Moving in Praise

In Psalm 40:2 (NLT), David writes, "He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire..."

So today, if it seems that you have been swamped or pulled down; if all around there is trouble, or disaster threatens, look up, for God is moving Heaven and Earth on your behalf.

Lift up your arms and receive a gift from God. It is your glory garment of praise! "He has given [you] a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the LORD" (Psalm 40:3 NLT, emphasis mine).

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Helen Calder
Enliven Ministries

Helen Calder is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, in the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of prophetic ministry, discernment and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 37 years and are at home in Planetshakers Church, Melbourne, Australia.

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