This morning I had a dream that was so real. So amazing. When I awoke I wanted it to be real. The reason is the person in the dream I have been praying for for almost 20 years. The dream had the “real” compassion of God locked up in it.
While waiting for my coffee to brew so I could write uninterrupted, I glanced at Facebook. I realized something. I was overlooking the “great posts” of success and thankfulness and honed in on the ones of pain, loss and situations. I was connecting with prayer. “Help them get there. Open doors for this one. Heal her. (Or him.) Minister to their pain. Put people of goodness in their paths.” Each troubling post I saw, I stopped a took a moment to pray for.
God knows before He entered my life by my acceptance of Him, I was not like that.
I sat here last night while the house was quiet and thought that I had received amazing instruction over the years. I want to share that for a moment, because it has value for you. There are people who can provide guidance and wisdom. The first influential spiritual force in my life actually came from a 12 step program and provided his heart. I was not saved. The second man was super hard on me but provided me with a spiritual foundation. Others were hard, but opened my life to God and amazing things happened. Men took me aside to instruct and to guide me. Why is this important? Because people need people.
In my dream I was in a meeting I was leading. Actually looked like a large lounge with people dressed up and all the trimmings. Food, drink and laughter were in plentiful supply. The meeting was running well and as I finished sharing, my normal routine was to hang out and be with folks, but for some reason I felt the thought making change to it. I shook some hands, gave a few hugs and headed for the door where my ride was.
In the car I began to review the meeting. The things I would change or add in the next one. We arrived at our destination. I felt like I was at Shelburne Museum or something. I was not even sure why I was there. I love the place but I thought I was going home. Rather than complain I got out and walked into one of the buildings. I began to look around.
“Excuse me,” the voice said from behind me. I turned around and a man was trying to get to he display behind me. I recognized him. His name was Glenn Beck. (Now you can choose to hate him or love him, but I have watched a man who has weathered storms and moved ahead, changing the world. I have watched him cry and I have watched him laugh. Some time in the late 90’s I found myself praying for him. I have never really stopped. Like all of us, he has made mistakes and overcome many of them.)
He walked by and I took a moment. I made the decision to greet him. I walked over and told him it was a honor to meet him. As we shook hands I was overcome by the presence of God. All I could say was “Jesus” and the tears began to flow. He started to ask me if I was all right and the presence of God increased. I think we were both a little nervous by what was occurring. I said “yes” and explained that I had been praying for him all these years. His wife came to the door of the building and I shook his hand once again and he left.
Why would that dream have meaning outside of me, especially if you do not know who he is or are one that dislikes him? Because God made him. I do not agree with everything he says or does. I have not always liked some of the things he has said, but as one who has said things and caused anger and frustration among people, I get it.
Why Shelburne? I believe God is causing us to look back in the next season at some of the values, the mysteries and the creative force that occurred in our land. To understand that God is not done with us. He is never done! To look at something and say “wow! I never thought of that.” I have to tell you that as involved as I am in the world of technology I think there are going to be some pretty amazing things happening in energy (Other than the fact gas might be free!)and food. It was our pioneering spirit that cause things to be available to us as a nation and ultimately the world.
Why Glenn Beck? Because regardless of your belief schedule he has introduced the world to a refreshed creativity and tied it to his own understanding of God.
And finally why my reference to mentors and spiritual dads? Because as I mentioned the other day the older generation is so needed in the coming days. If you are a younger reader, why would you want to reinvent the wheel so to speak? Why would you want to have to figure it out? And for the older ones, do you want them to have to do battle in the arenas you have already won? Is everyone a mentor? Is everyone in need of one? Those are questions for an individual. But I am convinced we are walking into a “revival of creativity” where the presence and power of God are empowering individuals to do amazing things.
Be on the lookout for the inspired word of God to become reality amongst the people.