Sometimes God speaks to me in my dreams. As you know, I don’t usually share my dreams, but this one…I feel I am meant to share.
I was at a meeting where a strong man was speaking to a couple hundred of people. This man was a natural leader; he was young, wise, brilliant, strong, caring, lively, captivating, charismatic…. In the middle of his speech, another man, quite different from the speaker, a man of “authority” came in from behind the speaker, and told the speaker that he must STOP. The speaker ignored him and continued. The man in “authority” became angry and brandished a gun.
Fearing for the safety of the people, the young speaker looked over the crowd and became silent. The man with the gun said, “You will do what I tell you to do. You are nothing special. Who do you think you are?” Then he made the speaker follow him around the room, picking up objects that he purposely knocked over. When they were back at the front of the room, center stage, the man with the gun began to belittle the speaker.
And he began to beat him.
We all watched in horrifying amazement. And I began to cry…and pray. Then I prayed louder and louder. My prayers rose up out of me. Here is some of my prayer:
“Lord, I pray for a renewing of our minds, that brings on transformation, that leads to transcendence. So that we won’t think like we used to, so that we won’t be like we used to be, so that we can rise above and be better than what we used to be.”
And by the time I was done praying, I was on stage, with my body covering our young, beaten speaker. The man with the gun had backed away, and everyone else was praying and crying, praying and crying, loudly. And the man with the gun shrank into the background. And I woke up.
It was 6:46 am and I immediately closed my eyes again. I knew this dream was powerful for me and I felt it slipping away as I became more conscious. I prayed for God to let me retain this dream and I prayed for a deeper understanding of my dream.
And when I opened my eyes, I began to record. I began to write. This dream had so many elements to it. It showed me, that even if you are young, strong, intelligent, brilliant, and a powerful leader, there may be times when you will need to put your pride aside for the greater good. There may be times when holding on to your pride will lead to your destruction and the destruction of others. There may be times when letting go of your pride is the greatest display of strength that you could ever make.
My dream also showed me that there are times when I must speak up. There are areas of my life where I need to speak up. “Quench not the Spirit.” If I am led to speak up, then I must. If I am led to step forward, then I must. Someone, somewhere needs help. Someone needs to know that she is not alone, that he is not alone. Someone needs to know that I understand. That I understand the misunderstandings, that there’s abuse and neglect going on, that you feel belittled and devalued, that you feel…unloved. I understand; my heart goes out to you and I cover you with my prayers.
One thing I’ve learned, one thing my dream had confirmed, is that
suffering can bring on the transformation that leads to transcendence.
Suffering is never for no reason. In my dream, the brilliant speaker suffered. He set aside his pride, which ultimately saved lives and caused an entire room full of people to wail in prayer. People were able to witness his selfless act for them and they prayed on his behalf. Their lives would be changed forever.
If you want something different, it’s time to CHANGE your mind. You need to renew your mind. You need to think differently. Thinking like you have been has gotten you to where you are and will keep you where you are unless you change it. And once you change your thinking, you will begin to see change. Then hopefully, the change will lead you to being better than you ever were before. But not better for no reason, better for a purpose.
My dream confirmed for me what my purpose is and that no matter what I do, I must speak it, walk in it, and live it daily. My dream isn’t a message to everyone, but if it is a message to you, I pray that God reveal the deeper meaning for YOU, to YOU, so that you can take it and run quickly with it and be about YOUR purpose. We are all called for a purpose and it’s time to be about that purpose. Someone’s life…somewhere…depends on it.
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