2015 Dream

I had a dream in February 2015. I believed then that God was trying to show me something to come, but I wasn’t sure what. I’m not positive that it’s for now, but there are some definite symbolisms that seem like they could be insightful for believers.

In my dream, I was on an airplane flying to an unknown location. The plane had to emergency land, and the pilot wouldn’t tell us why until the last minute. He continuously tried to divert our attention from what was going on by asking us to look out our side windows at an old lady building a fence. As he was talking about this over the intercom, the Statue of Liberty appeared in front of the plane and suddenly blew up into millions of tiny pieces. As the shrapnel came towards the airplane’s windshield, everyone ducked down tightly in their seats. Nothing from the explosion was able to penetrate the plane’s windows, but there was a sense of panic and fear among the passengers. As I was hunched down, I began to sing these lyrics from Israel Houghton’s song, “We Worship You”:

“Lord You are good and Your mercy endureth forever.
Lord You are good and Your mercy endureth forever.

People from every nation and tongue
From generation to generation

We worship You, hallelujah! Hallelujah!
We worship You for who You are
You are good!”

Here’s what I make of the dream: I believe the pilot represents leadership, maybe global or maybe national. As the pilot tried to distract the passengers by drawing their attention to division (the fence), there is an attempt on the leaders’ behalf to deceive. They’re distracting us from what is actually happening by drawing our attention to the division.

I believe that the Statue of Liberty represents freedom, a freedom under attack. This destruction of freedom will bring danger. It will create fear, just like it did in the dream as all of the terrified passengers ducked down in their seats.

Just as in the dream, the deception, destruction of freedom, and danger will usher in a great spiritual awakening for God’s people.

Transferred Trust

Shock washed over me as I sat motionless against my fabric headboard. What seemed muddled just moments ago was now painfully clear. I took a deep breath, my eyes scanning the words again and again.

“Because [King Asa] relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord [His] God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from [His] hand.” 2 Chron. 16:7

King Asa won many battles by following the Lord’s instructions, but this day was marked by defeat because he transferred trust. See, King Asa was in a tough spot- a foreign army was causing trouble for his people. But instead of seeking God’s instruction, he relied on his own strategies and foreign kings. From that point on, God opposed him.

Fresh tears burned my eyes. Truth settled in. Defeat is guaranteed when I transfer trust.

And isn’t it so easy to do? We begin in the right place. But then our dreams meet the daily grind. Our hope is deferred. We encounter trials like storms on the sea, struggling to keep our heads up as we choke on wave after wave of salty water.

Before we realize it we have begun relying on people or things or ideas or behaviors to deliver us from the undertow.

But then God, rich in grace, brings us back to faith.

The Bible’s life-giving messages are beautifully interwoven, all sprouting from the same seed: faith. The greatest men and women in history put their trust in God alone in their most trying moments. Their reward was deliverance. Their reward was the mighty move of God on their behalf!

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So what can we do if we realize we have transferred trust?

  • Be honest with God. One of the most quoted scriptures in the Bible is Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Coming clean with God that we’ve relied on our own wisdom prepares us for the next step.
  • Ask for help. Psalm 25:4-5 is a specific go-to prayer: “Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” This is a simple request to God for help. It is also a confession that He alone knows the best way out of our mess and is more than able to direct us in it.
  • As we wait for guidance, we remember. 1 Chronicles 16:11-12 says, “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek His face always. Remember the wonders He has done, his miracles, and the judgments He pronounced.” It helps me to mentally list every move of God I’ve witnessed. If you’re a new believer, ask seasoned believers to share testimonies. Read books on mighty moves of God. Remembering His faithfulness in the past increases our trust for the future.

Sometimes we’re weary because we’re trying to solve in our own strength what was only meant to be solved through His. If we’ve transferred trust, may today be the day we withdraw the funds and deposit it back into God’s account.

To My Fellow Sister Warriors

I have been inspired, fired up, moved to tears, and face-to-the-ground humbled by you, the incredible women of faith God has put in my path. Some of your stories I know only through social media or chance encounters, while others of you are long-time friends that I’ve had the privilege of sharing life with. All of you, though, are waging war in heavenly places for your God-given promise. To say you’ve encouraged me to press on in my own battle is an understatement. Your tenacity, faith, and utter dependence on God have been the wind that has kept my waffling boat on top of the waves.

You see, I have this little problem. Many of you already know. It’s called control. I love(hate) to analyze, figure out, ponder, and play out every possible scenario in my mind. But somehow above all the inner noise, I found a moment of clarity. Actually, the moment was given. And I want to share it with you as encouragement in your fight.

It was 11 pm and I was completely exhausted. My anxious heart wanted to pray but my body needed to sleep. So I set my alarm for 2:30 am. Now before you go thinking this was so spiritual, keep reading. Just before I drifted off, I ran across this quote:

“Overachievers, planners, and anxious hearts: He doesn’t need us to wring our hands or to keep watch; He’s got the whole world in HIS hands. ‘Sleep is a daily reminder from God that we are not Him.’ (Piper)” -Ruth Simons

Sometimes even our spiritual disciplines are a disguise for a lack of faith.

So shutting off the alarm, I turned over and slept. That night I dreamed I was wrestling evil. The more I fought, striving to defeat it, the bigger and stronger it became. Soon I was completely outmatched. Knowing I had no other option, I planted my feet firmly, stood tall, and began to speak the truth: “You are defeated. Jesus is Lord. God is stronger.” As I stood confidently in the strength of the Lord, the enemy shrank before my eyes until he was completely incapacitated. I woke up with a whole new understanding of spiritual warfare. It’s really not about my trying and striving at all. It’s about rest. About confident trust in His power, His armor.

So here’s to all my fellow sister warriors- we will battle together with the assurance that every word from the Lord proves true. We will pray in faith with a thankful heart because the enemy is already defeated. Because we know that no weapon formed against us will prosper, and every fiery dart that is launched our way will be extinguished. Not with our own strength, but simply by standing firm in His. He will build His church, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

We will war as if we are already victors. Confidently. Trusting. In rest. Because, courageous sister warriors, we are victors. Our redemption is at hand. Standing firm, we will see the deliverance the Lord will bring. The enemy we fight today will be defeated. The battle belongs to the Lord!

“For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’” (Isaiah 30:15a, ESV)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10, ESV)

“Cease striving and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NASB)

“And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again.” (Exodus 14:13, ESV)

 ”And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, ‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” (2 Chronicles 20:15, ESV)