THE DREAM 7.1.2021
I was at a small country church nestled in a close-knit community. The church, called Center Point, had invited me to come and watch their Bible School program.
Once the program was over, a woman pointed me out. She announced that I had written The Good News Reporter, a VBS curriculum, adding that she hoped the church would select it for their next VBS. Grateful for her plugs, I stood to thank her and tell some of what the curriculum offers when suddenly, we heard a loud noise coming from outside. Everyone went to a window to see what it might be and what we saw was a host of low flying battle planes coming our way. The closer the aircraft came towards us, the louder and more ominous the sound became. The pastor advised we hunker down and begin praying.
While others were praying, I was holding a young child. The little person got off my lap and started entertaining the other children. The children were engrossed in watching and listening to this child. I found it uncanny that a room full of children could be so happy and calm under the circumstances.
Daylight turned to darkness, and then a fierce thunderstorm came. The pounding rain and blowing winds overtook the sound of the planes still flying overhead.
After several hours, all was quiet. Everyone went to look out the windows again. And dotted across the clear dark sky, for as far as our eye could see, were the military planes positioned like shining stars. Oddly, it brought on a peaceful state of mind, and everyone felt safe to leave the church and go home.
Heading home in the dark of night on an unfamiliar road, I came upon a detour with a signposting, Turn Here, Road Construction Ahead. Something felt off and a little amiss, so I chose to keep going, forging straight ahead.
I did come upon road construction; however, the signposting had been a half-truth. A temporary road built alongside the actual road allowed travelers to stay on course. No detour was necessary.
I woke up from my dream, knowing I would reach my destination.
TAKE AWAY THOUGHTS
I was at the church called Center Point to watch a VBS program. Believers ARE the church (Ephesians 2:21), and Christ is to be the center point of all that we think, say, and do.
The Good News Reporter, the Immanuel Quilt Ministry’s VBS curriculum, received a favorable recommendation.
I believe the military planes that were seen and heard were a host of army angels (2 Kings 6) flying in to protect us. God’s love for his people reaches as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103: 11-12). Because of this love God has for us, He sends his angels to fight the forces of darkness for us. The storm was the battle. The army of angels won.
Again, I was at the church to watch a VBS program. Searching the Bible app on my phone for every verse with the word watch, a word from the Lord given to Habakkuk spoke to me. “Watch and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.” Habakkuk 1:5
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
I committed the writing of the curriculum to the Lord. My hope is that Good News Reporter will help children learn the Names of Jesus, get to know the Invisible God, give their life to Christ, and become Good News Reporters. But, unfortunately, the curriculum hasn’t yet taken off.
With the recent announcement of me making puppets to use in the ministry, particularly with the VBS curriculum, I believe the young child who began entertaining the other children was–a puppet.
Time will tell whether this was a prophetic dream promising a bright future for the curriculum. But, regardless of whether it is or not, there is a good takeaway message for everyone.
God put a hope and a future inside every person before we were born. (Ephesians 2:10) He laid out the plan and has been paving the way ever since so that we might reach our destiny, to experience a fulfilled life found only through Christ. Yet, the enemy of God fights against us every step of the way. Satan wants to keep us from sharing the Good News about Jesus; that He came and died for our sins, was raised from the dead after three days, and now lives at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. The Intercessor sends an army of angels to fight for those who trust Him.
I was traveling home on an unfamiliar road. We don’t always know the roads of our future; however, we are assured that if we follow Jesus, He will lead us safely home. The half-truths of Satan can’t steer us off course when we remain going forward on the straight and narrow road. (Proverbs 3:5-6) So, stay on course, stick with the plan, and watch what God will do.
As it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 ESV
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