Waiting

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I watched a movie yesterday called The Lake House starring Sandra Bullock. It’s a love story but what I saw in it was of spiritual nature. This woman and man are separated by time. Kinda like us and Jesus. While I was watching this movie I couldn’t help but compare it to our walk with Jesus! The man is in 2004 and she is in 2006. They write each other letters when put in the mailbox at the lake house it travels through time.  One scene jumped out at me when he asked her to go for a walk with him in the city. He mapped it out where she was to go. He would walk the path at the same time as her knowing she would be walking the same path too. It showed them walking separate and at the end of the walk she found a message from him on the brick wall that said,”Kate, I’m here with you. Thank you for a lovely Saturday together.” Even though she couldn’t “see”  him it didn’t mean he wasn’t there and that he wasn’t real and alive! Jesus is saying this to us! You can’t see me now but WAIT and you will! They fell in love of course, but she gives up on being with him because it gets too hard to bear. To love him and not be able to be with him. They mention a book in the movie called Persuasion by Jane Austen. This book is a love story also and it’s all about waiting. Kate tells Alex about the book and how the couple has to wait and even after waiting it still may not be the right time. Alex said how terrible that is! She agrees. After a couple years of waiting they plan a date which is only a day for her but 2 years for him! He doesn’t show up and  she ends up asking him to let her go. I won’t spoil the movie , so I will leave it at that but the end is wonderful because she asks him to wait 2 more years for her. It’s very hard for him to do but he does it and at the end they have the most glorious and wonderful meeting where they can see one another at last! This is a reflection of our walk with Jesus. He is with us, we can’t give up! Even though He isn’t visible to our eyes we believe He is there. Our love should keep us on the path of knowing someday we will see Him face to face. He loves us and wants us to love Him back. If we can live out our life walking in union with Him the waiting will have it’s reward! Seeing Him in all His glory and splendor! We can be there with Him forever!

Waiting is something no one likes to do but if you have ever waited for something you know the great reward of finally having it. Waiting requires patience. Patience comes from self control. In exercising patience, godliness develops, exercising godliness develops brotherly affection, brotherly affection develops love. [ 2 Peter 1:5] Waiting can feel like your dying inside but remember waiting develops character traits that God wants you to have. As you develop these traits, they will keep you from being idle or unfruitful unto the personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

My Dream: To Lie Down In Green Pastures

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On October 4, 2015 I had a dream about Jesus and heaven. It brought the scripture Psalm 23:1-3 to mind, The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.

I want to share the experience with you which is hard to put into words because it wasn’t so much what it looked like but how it FELT. The picture above best describes how it looked once I was there.

I did a little research on Psalm 23 and found something interesting. Some one suggested to read a book called A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller. He  wrote that sheep refuse to lie down unless free of all fear. He makes comparisons of sheep to God’s people.  So, I thought that would be fitting to my dream because I do more than just lie down in green pastures, I dive in!

From what I remember my dream began with Jesus being in the background of my life. It wasn’t a particular place just that I knew He was there but I was too busy to spend time with Him.  Makes me sad to write that, but that’s how it was. I went to Him, hugged Him and told Him if He had to go, it’s okay, if He had to be with someone else. Then all of a sudden we were in a record store and I held up my favorite movie soundtrack Romeo and Juliet. I said,” This is my all time favorite movie!” But as I said it I knew He already knew that so I put it back. I noticed He had a white shirt on with jeans and we were barefoot. In that moment we were in heaven. All I saw was rolling hills filled with rich green grass! Standing there looking out, it was so beautiful but the feeling was even more beautiful! The way He looked at me and listened to me without looking away, His love permeated to me so deep that words can’t properly describe it. We were running barefoot down the hill and diving in the grass like it was water! Someone else was with us doing it too. Then we came across a group of people lying in the grass and we could hear a song talking about Jesus. A lady got up and said that what was being said wasn’t in the Bible. I said to her, you know that’s not true. In the book of John it says Jesus is the word and the word was with God. You know it’s in the Bible. Then a girl came up wanting to spend time with Jesus and I felt myself begin to feel jealous but Jesus showed me in my mind what He loved about her and I felt myself change toward her. I saw her like He did, with love and compassion.

I woke up after that and realized I was with Jesus in heaven. I wished I didn’t wake up! I wanted to stay so bad! As I was laying there relishing in the memory of being with Him, not wanting to forget any of it, I felt His presence and He said to me,” Don’t run away, again.” I think He is saying, don’t stop spending time with Me. See, I have been following Jesus for 5 years now but I get to certain points and stop. Then I get called back. I was on the verge of stopping again because I have a hard time with my faults. I feel inadequate but He conveyed to me to stop thinking that I’m not good enough. It’s okay, I love you the way you are. What you think is bad about yourself, it’s okay.

I had been watching Elevation Network continuously a couple weeks before this dream and I decided Saturday that I would skip the sermon on Sunday. Then the dream was Saturday night. So, because of the dream I decided to watch the sermon. The preacher said in the sermon to face your fears and DON’T RUN!

Something else that I want to add, yesterday I was researching the Gregorian Chant and came across a nun’s blog talking about it and she referred to the Gregorian Chant as “the Word made song”. I thought that was interesting because of the song I heard in my dream and my response to the lady about it.

The second meaning to this dream is found here  It has a greater meaning and it’s for everyone who believes.

Simplicity, Discipline

You may wonder how these two words go together. I thought the same thing when I woke up one morning with these words on my mind. I knew God was trying to tell me something like many times before. As I wake up  God puts words or ideas in my mind that I research later on.

I was led to break down the meaning of the words. Simplicity means having a quality of being plain or natural. A synonym could be the word simple. Discipline is the practice of training or teaching.  So the one receiving the discipline could be called a disciple, just as the twelve followers of Jesus were called. They were following the teachings of Jesus.

I felt in my heart God is saying to “simply follow”. Stop making it so hard, it’s not meant to be. Be natural and go with the flow as some people say. Following the Holy Spirit’s direction can be simple if we just listen to what He is saying to us.  By simply following we are living in God’s will for our life. No longer will we be doing “busy” work but our work will have meaning, purpose and eternal value. There is a joy that can not be explained  when we do this.

On the other hand, when we are not listening to God’s voice we won’t have peace in our hearts. Satan tries to distract us from our life’s work through following Jesus. His mission is for us to not accomplish anything of eternal value. He tries to keep us from being saved but if that didn’t work and we become saved then He is after keeping us busy with nothing.

When we become a child of God we don’t need to figure anything out ourselves, God says simply follow and I will do the rest. I want to testify that when you are walking in God’s will there is no place else you would rather be. To feel His presence is heaven on earth.

Simply Follow.