When God sends dreams our way, they become unforgettable. Does He send you dreams, too?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
For several nights in a row, I had weird dreams but couldn’t remember them. All I knew is that they held a common thread. Soon after, I was in the middle of another weird dream that was interrupted by a loud clap of thunder. The sudden stop caused my brain to remember the dream. Then I knew God had sent that dream for a specific purpose.
In each dream I was running away from something toward a specific goal. I sensed the thing I kept running from was the busyness of my life, such as my writing and marketing and numerous activities—good activities worthy of my time. They were keeping me from seeking God with my whole heart, soul, body and mind. The time I spent attending church, studying His Word and praying had become repetitious. What was lacking was the quality.
I think back to my time as a young mother. Some days I allowed myself to become too busy with the essentials of keeping house. Back then, a mother who didn’t keep an immaculate house was often criticized—sadly, at the expense of her children’s emotional welfare. I neglected spending quality time with my kids.
We can think of many reasons to neglect becoming emotionally close to our loved ones. The same is true of our relationship with God. Perhaps we’ve thought, “I’ll spend time with the Lord as soon as I finish this task,” only to find the time has flown by. The saying goes, “No time with God, no breakfast.” It may not work for everyone to spend time in God’s Word and prayer before breakfast, but it can work at another designated time of day. When we place the time on our mental calendar—and perhaps our written one—the habit will eventually cause us to look forward to that time. All else will become secondary, as it should.
“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6) Knowing He waits for us as a patient parent for a child, we can rejoice in His presence. We can stop trying to run away from the cares and supposedly important things that keep us busy and run straight to Him. It’s in His presence that we will find the peace and joy that will not only please Him but make our tasks all the easier.
Lord, thank You for showing up in our dreams and for always welcoming us into Your presence. Help us remember to place You at the top of our agenda. In Jesus’ name, amen.