Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Horse...A Beast...A Dream

We were riding along, three of us on horses. My friend April leading the way, another friend who's face I couldn't make out, directly in front of me and I was last. April led her horse off the rough pavement onto the steep side of the hill. We followed. I was leery but did so anyways. April's horse stumbled, it's leg twisting badly, it took off running wildly down the steep mountain toward a wet marshland. She was gripping for her life. The second friend's horse became spooked and charged after. My horse remained calm and manageable.

He cautiously went after my friends. I was worried. April's horse ran into what looked like waist deep water. The second friend was able to stop before plunging in after her. Two men were there shouting, "It's quicksand!" They threw a rope to April who was still atop her horse but sinking fast.They tried in vain to pull them out. I told the men to attach the rope to my horse and we'd pull them to safety.  It worked! They were freed.

I then took my horse to the top of the hill, separating from my friends.
I got off to look at something. My horse started grazing up the road, waiting for me. All of a sudden he took off. I began to run after him. I saw him in the distance along with a large menacing beast with horns ahead of him, ready to charge. My horse quickly turned to run down stairs that led to an isolated mountain baseball field full of people watching a game on cement benches.

I ran and made it safely to the stairs ahead of the beast, still chasing my horse. A goat suddenly appeared as I passed through a gate. I somehow knew he wanted to harm me. I closed the gate just in time as he rammed into it. I continued chasing after my horse which I could faintly see in the distance.

I quickly awoke, pondering the dream. It reminded me of life. I was safely walking with the Lord (He was carrying me.) I was able to stay calm and help friends in need along the way. I stayed close to Him, one with Him. He was taking me safely through life's journey. Peace. Calm. Security. But for some reason something caught my attention causing me to get down from His safety and venture off alone. He waited for me. I was standing still. He wanted to take me forward away from looming danger. When He could wait no longer He ran ahead, catching my attention to chase after Him. To seek Him. To allow Him to take me away from danger. But the wild beast was in front of me and alone I was small in comparison. He led me down a side path, with people and gates to protect me. He wanted me to stay focused on Him until we could once more be one again. The Lord carrying me through this life. Peace. Calm. Security. A safe journey. A secure place with Jesus as my constant companion.

Don't let life cause you to lose focus. Keep your eyes fixed on the Lord. Stay close to Him. You are safe in His arms. He knows the way to the dreams He has for you. Seek Him daily in the quiet place. Let Him be your life's guide as you fix your eyes on Him, growing closer until you are one. His eyes. His ears. His heart. His wisdom. His trust. His faith. His forgiveness. His love. A dream come true. The Lord filling you up to overflowing. A new transformed life in and through Jesus Christ.

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

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