Looking out my window today I’m pondering cotton candy, funnel cake and fireworks. The Canada Day Weekend is upon us and that means we celebrate Canada Day on July 1st, and it’s also Waterfront Festival time at Victoria Park in Cobourg. Not only will you find me hanging around the UCB Radio 90.7FM booth at the Waterfront Festival, but I will also be on hand for celebrations planned at Lakeshore Pentecostal Camp over the long weekend. They are celebrating the 80th anniversary of the camp and are also hosting events both Friday and Saturday. It will make for a slightly busier weekend, but it will be worth it! Vendors and other fun events at Victoria Park and a Model T Ford exhibit and Canada Day fireworks at Lakeshore Camp. On Saturday Lakeshore Camp is also hosting a Rib Fest! It will be a super weekend I’m sure.
This long weekend not only means Canada Day celebrations for me, but it also brings to mind previous celebrations in the States for the July 4th long weekend. When we lived in the States I would chuckle as American friends would sometimes ask, “Do you celebrate July 4th in Canada?” My usual response was, “No we go straight from the 3rd to the 5th.” In the States July 4th is known as Independence Day. The day which ultimately led to the formation of the United States as they claimed their independence from England. Canada Day celebrates a similar move as it was on July 1, 1867 that Canada became a single country called Canada within the British Empire.
Since February I’ve been sensing this is a big year for Canada when it comes to the plans of God for the nation. I’ve been studying the book of Ezekiel for a few years and earlier this year I found myself in Zechariah. I find it interesting that Ezekiel is at the front end of Israel’s exile to Babylon, while Zechariah is at the end of the 70 year exile. As I pondered that I then wondered what happened in Canada 70 years ago. A quick Google search revealed two key events from 1946. On May 14th the Canadian Citizenship Act was passed meaning a Canadian citizen was no longer classified as a British subject first. The second key event took place on October 14th, 1946 when the government introduced Canada Savings Bonds.
While I believe God is amplifying the fact that He plans to bring prosperity to our nation as we pray for our leaders, I also think He’s magnifying the fact that our citizenship is in heaven and our treasures are stored up in heaven. While we are proud Canadians, God always asks where our true affection is. Great affection leads to an aspiration and treasuring of Him in our heart which will then be revealed in a real way in how we live our lives for Him.
As we celebrate Canada Day I would encourage you to also celebrate the place where all hope, purpose, destiny and freedom are found. Those things are found only in God. When we pursue Him as passionately as we might wave a Canadian flag during Canada Day Celebrations, we will discover true freedom and independence from things that can pull us down in this world. God is about to release great treasure and prosperity on this nation as we move from a place of visitation to habitation. If you’ve spent time in the past just “visiting” the things of God, maybe now is the time to allow Him to take up full “habitation” in your life and truly move into a place of blessing.
Looking Out My Window is a regular column in the Northumberland Today newspaper located in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.