I have been thinking about a dream I had in 1998 and how it was fulfilled in my personal life back then, and now I see that it has a wider meaning, so I thought I would share it here. I received this word from Our Lord (then) as I sat to record the dream:
“Do you think I send you these trials for your discouragement? Of course not. It is so that you will lean more fully on me, that I will be your strength, and our merging will be more perfect. I long to be one with you in all things my child. Give me that joy and I will share it with you.”
I see that the fulfillment of the dream back then was in a sense preparation for what is to come. The lessons I learned in faith, perseverance, and above all trust were invaluable.
In the dream I knew there was a huge tornado coming towards our town, but because of the trees it could not be seen. In the dream, my husband and I lived in a mobile home so we were very vulnerable. I had the feeling that our children were elsewhere and were safe. As I waited for the tornado I saw someone plowing his field. I stopped to help him thinking, “Doesn’t he know what’s coming?” I helped him anyway. Afterwards, I tried to prepare by bottling some water, but it didn’t seem there was a safe place to put it. In the end the only thing I felt was worth doing was to make sure I had sturdy shoes on so that I would not be cut by debris.
I asked the Lord for an interpretation. “The tornado is the tempest threatening you. There is no avoiding it. You must go through it. Be prepared and trust me. You will emerge—stronger and surer than before. Pray always that the duration will be short. This I will grant if you ask it. Pray also for peace in the world. Fast and offer sacrifice. There is much disharmony. This will worsen before my glory is revealed. Pray for the duration to be shortened. Pray, pray, pray.”
As I think now about the man plowing his field it occurs to me that in the dream helping him was the next right step (to quote Charlie Johnston). And even though this particular field was likely going to be trashed by the tornado, helping that farmer was the right thing to do just then. Many folks don’t see what’s coming. Help them anyway. There was a pointless feel to my own efforts to prepare for what was coming. In the end I just put on sturdy shoes. As we watch the storm intensify daily today, it is good to remember that our most important preparation is to stand on the firm footing of the Gospel. Ephesians 6:15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.” Lord help us to remain faithful and to trust you for all the rest. Jesus we trust in you!