Blisters or not I will trudge up hills and pull thorns from my feet because this road leads to a valley of glory. The babbling brooks will sing in worship and the mountains will bow down. It will take my breath away...
Thursday, May 30, 2013
I walk down a dirt road aware that I am happy. I am wrapped in the innate awareness of God's glory which is everywhere. I look at trees, notice clouds, take deeps breaths, and watch the wildflowers in the meadow beside me bend in the wind. In the distance, here and there, a few people are scattered about.
In the dream, I suddenly realize that I don't know where I'm going, but I begin to walk faster. I'm carrying something that gets very heavy. "Put it down!" Someone yells from the distance. I look down, but can't see it. I don't know what it is, but I hold on tighter knowing I will not sit it down.
I continue down the road as things begin to change around me. They are subtle and quiet at first. A shift in the sky, movement in the meadow, colors grow dim.
And then I know. I see God's breath leave the trees beside me and they wither.
I fill with panic and begin to run. I look around but no one seems to notice what is happening.
The sky grows dark and I begin to cry out, "Jesus! Jesus!"
Inside my dream I am aware that Paul is beside me in the bed and I think, "I know he can hear me, why doesn't he wake me up?"
And then, just as suddenly as it died, everything in my dream fills with life again. The trees beside me saturate with color and life and my spirits settles as the meadow flowers blossom with glory.
A child appears beside me the road and smiles. Everything is fine. God is back and I fall to me knees. I'm clutching a Bible.
When I'm fully awake I say to Paul. "Didn't you hear me screaming Jesus' name?" He didn't.
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Acts 16:18 And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And it came out that very hour.