Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreams

Dreams, do you have them?  We all do, and we remember some. These are visions of thoughts that often can’t be expressed or intellectualized consciously. They require a subconscious picture, albeit, often a strange one.  Dreams may be scary or wonderful, but it seems not usually things in between.  Let me share a recent dream that can be coupled with a December blog regarding a head-on  auto accident my wife Pam and I suffered on an Island trip.

I have mentioned that for a couple of years, I served on the pastoral staff of a large church. A very difficult schism occurred causing all of the pastors except me to be forced out. It was a very dark and frightening experience that stretched out for more than a year. Because of the darkness and the resulting depression in my life, it was very difficult to function well in ministry. The thought and requirement to preach was particularly challenging. I labored for many hours over Scripture and Biblical commentaries to fashion words of encouragement and challenge. Fear was palpable until I started to speak from the pulpit.


I awoke with a start recently out of a deep and dream-filled sleep. The dream was very strong and clear to me, let me tell a bit.  I was leading this same church, or one like it. I was to preach and seemed to be the only Pastor around. I had prepared the sermon with great travail. As I moved to the sanctuary, it was gone, the sermon text was lost! I was terrified. I looked around everywhere. The congregation became restless. It seemed hours as I searched and the voices rose in rancor and rebellion it seemed. I was pushed toward the pulpit without a sermon. I was shaking. Just as I stepped up on the chancel, the Lord spoke to me saying, ‘Psalm 27 is your text, “The Lord is my light and my salvation- whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life- of whom shall I be afraid?”’  Yes, God was alive and speaking peace and strength to me. As I turned to greet the congregation, I awoke. He is faithful, and will respond and supply all our needs in His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Fear Not and dream on!

1 comment:

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.