Written by Nicole Wood
On the 27th of October, I attended Angus Buchan’s 'It’s Time’ prayer meeting in Pretoria. After everyone had said the Lord’s Prayer together, one of the first things that Uncle Angus asked the massive crowd was for us to become 'creative restorers.'
Although the numbers were not yet confirmed at the time of writing this, I was sure there had to be over a million believers uniting in the blistering heat, walking kilometers, many of them with heavy backpacks,all for a common purpose; to seek God’s face; to plead with Him for our beloved country. And God was there. His holy presence was imminent in the cool wind that blew ever so often across the dusty land. It was tangible in the beautiful praise and worship that swept across the space for hours before Angus even came onto the stage. God came to meet us there in the midst of each heart’s call to Him.
I believe He is calling us to become creative restorers in the process of rebuilding our country.
Isaiah 61:4 ()
‘They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.’
Uncle Angus implored us not to allow any negative talk over our country; to stand up and speak up against it every time someone says anything negative about South Africa. We each have the responsibility of building South Africa up with our words and actions. We are the builders, and the restores of this country and the work that we do now will impact every generation to come. We are called to speak life, healing, and love to every citizen of this nation. That also means not standing in agreement with anyone complaining about our country.
You and I are the bricks that God will use to build a new house for South Africa; a house with open doors; a house built on the foundations of forgiveness and unity.
It’s time for each one of us to draw a line in the sand; to stop accepting the enemy’s lies about our land; to open our hearts to each other and to open our lives to the Word of God. He wants to do a new thing in our country, in our time.
At the gathering, I saw an absolute desperation in the people of God who came together; a humility and willingness to do all they were able to so that God could rebuild our country. The desperation of a people who know that without God nothing is possible, but with Him all things are possible. And God cannot fail us, and He delivers on all His promises.
As Angus said, can a nation be born in a day? Yes! But you and I are the building blocks, the bricks, and Jesus Christ Himself is the cornerstone.