Red Rag to a Bull.
Posted January 23, 2011on:
The theme I’ve chosen ‘this time round’ (see ‘About’ for an explanation!) is ‘prophecies and prophetic prayers’. I thought I’d begin this post with a prophecy a woman of prayer told me, early in the process of my cancer diagnosis and treatment. (I am suffering from breast cancer, but thankfully, everything seems to be going fairly well.)
This lady was praying for a number of people in our church who had difficult, seemingly insoluble, problems in their lives. God then gave her a series of images, a ‘movie’ inside her head – it was rather a disturbing one. She was in a bullfighting arena like those in southern Spain, where this tradition still lives on. She watched as a fight took place between matador and bull. As she watched, God asked her, what will happen? Disturbed by the goryness of the scene, she was perplexed how to respond.
This is the answer God gave her: ‘The bull must die. Whatever happens, however much of a resistance he puts up, the bull always dies.’
Suddenly, illumination came to her. She realised God was telling her, whatever situation you face, whatever you’re up against, you need to believe deep in your being that that problem must come to an end, and be dealt with as God would desire.
It’s not a very palatable image, and I’ve just realised that the ‘red rag’ doesn’t come into the vision my friend had – but red blood certainly does come into the picture….
Sometimes the pictures God gives us are pleasant and delightful, others less so. This belongs to the latter category, but it’s memorable perhaps because of its very unpleasantness. We certainly have a variety-loving God.