Have you ever felt like you were hanging on to God for dear life? I have friends there now. In fact, a very dear friend gave me quite a scare this week. However, God in his mercy, never let go. He rescued her and then threw a party because he isn’t finished with her yet.
As I tap out this post, I know things are going to be shaken up. How do I know? I had a dream on the night of 9-11. Coincidence? Only if you don’t believe God speaks to us through dreams. He’s been speaking to me that way for as long as I can remember. I’ll bet someone you know has prophetic dreams and doesn’t share them. It could even be you.
On the sixth anniversary of September 11th, my sister and I made plans to work on our photo albums (scrap booking) before we even realized the significance of the date. Ironically, we had the same plans on September 10, 2001.
We didn’t talk about the attacks that night, though we talked about nearly everything else. Finally, about 1:30 am, when we could no longer stay awake, we went to bed.
Several hours later, I was jolted awake by a good size quake. It felt like a 5.0. I’ve lived in California so I’m familiar with the sensation. Once my breathing slowed down, I realized it was ‘just a dream’ and I went back to sleep. The second time, I was intrigued. By the third time, God had my full attention. The last ‘quake’ woke me at 7:30 so I didn’t figure there was a point in going back to sleep. Throughout the day, I prayed while I mulled it over in my mind.
I don’t have the full interpretation yet, however, I believe God’s given me a ‘heads up’ to prepare for things to come that will directly affect my sister and me (since it happened under her roof).
In the Dream Language book by James W. and Michal Ann Goll, this is their definition of earthquake: Upheaval; change (by crisis), repentance; trial; God’s judgment; disaster; trauma. Acts 16:26; Isa. 29:6.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. – Acts 16:25-26 (NIV)
The LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with windstorm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire. – Isaiah 29:6 (NIV)
Now the reassurance – after the upheaval, the chains will fall off and God will come. He also gave me Psalm 91. It’s so beautiful I think I’ll print it out to pray aloud each day. With God by my side, there is nothing that He and I can’t handle together.
Psalm 91 (MSG)
1-13You who sit down in the High God’s presence,
spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow, Say this: “God, you’re my refuge. I trust in you and I’m safe!” That’s right—he rescues you from hidden traps, shields you from deadly hazards. His huge outstretched arms protect you— under them you’re perfectly safe; his arms fend off all harm. Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, Not disease that prowls through the darkness, not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You’ll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God‘s your refuge, the High God your very own home, Evil can’t get close to you, harm can’t get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling. You’ll walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path. 14-16 “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life,” says God, “I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!”
How about you? Is God speaking to you through dreams? Share your story.
This is first in a series of posts on dreams. Stop back by for part 2 – How To Know if a Dream is From God.