A dear friend of mine, Auntie Shirley, heard the Lord say the Word, “Candling.” Having been a farm girl, she knew this is what they did to eggs. She did more research at the library through a dictionary and encyclopaedia and found that candling meant to examine eggs for freshness and fertility by holding them up to a bright light. The word also meant to hold a bottle of wine in front of a lighted candle while decanting it, in order to detect sediment and prevent its being poured off with the wine. (Decanting is carefully pouring liquid from one container to another so as not to disturb the sediment.)
When she shared this with me, I was reminded of the scripture about pouring wine from bottle to bottle to separate the sediment from the wine: “Moab has been at ease from his youth; He has settled on his dregs, And has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, Nor has he gone into captivity. Therefore his taste remained in him, And his scent has not changed. “Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I shall send him wine-workers Who will tip him over And empty his vessels And break the bottles.” (Jeremiah 48:11-12 NKJV).
In response, I wrote in my journal: “In context, the Lord can do this to us or we can cooperate and do it to ourselves. When the light makes those dark things in our lives manifest, we can cooperate and remove them or we can run. If we run, the Lord will cause us to wander and tip us from time to time to separate the sediment from our lives anyway. The first way is a whole lot easier!”
The entire concept on “candling” proved true to what the Lord was doing at that time in my life. Her research on the definition of “candling” gave me clear understanding and helped put things into a proper perspective. Later I realized “candling” was a Word for the body of Christ, as it was identifying the season in which He was doing the same thing on a larger scale. What was occurring made more sense, all because she had taken the time to look up “candling” in a dictionary and encyclopaedia.
HE SPEAKS THROUGH BIBLE DICTIONARIES
During one season the Lord began speaking to me about the feasts. They are celebrations of the Old Testament, yet have a symbolic significance for us today and our future. Reading the Old Testament didn’t give me the organized information I needed to apply what He was sharing. I began studying the feasts in Bible dictionaries and His revelation began to connect.