I was in a historic bank building in Jacksonville, Oregon conducting some personal business. The building has housed a bank since the mid-1800s. The interior of the bank looks a lot like it did 160 years ago. It has been preserved as a historic landmark. The room contains artifacts from that era. On the wall is a map of Oregon circa 1850. I walked over and stood in front of the map. Something immediately stood out to me. Most of the cities we know today are not on the map. Even Medford, Oregon, the largest community in southern Oregon did not yet exist. The Portland area was vacant of many of the cities we know today.
Yesterday, the image of the map came to mind. When it did, the Lord began to speak to me. He said, “I am about to put certain cities on the map. Cities that have lived out of the national spotlight will be highlighted by a work of My Spirit. That highlighting will illuminate something I will do in their midst that will come unexpectedly to those who have not been sensitive to My Spirit. To the watchmen, men and women in tune with My heart, this will not be a surprise. It will be an answer to years of faithful prayer. I am rewriting the map of your nation.”
When I first stood in front of the old map in the bank, my assumption of what should be on the map is what caught my attention. I approached the map expecting to see familiar cities noted, but their place in history had not yet begun. I am sensing the same thing today in the realm of the Spirit. While many of you are looking to Washington, D.C., or a major urban center as the next place of national significance, God has other plans. He is calling forth cities without national significance to become ground zero for the transformation of our nation. The national map is changing.