So I had a dream recently. Most of you know this is not new for me. I have had dreams from the time I was very young. The first one I remember vividly was about eternity. I was about 7 years old. Since then I have learned a lot about my dreams. Some are for people I love and care for, others are for strangers. Some are warnings, others are encouragements. Some of them happen in the future, others are memories of the past. Some are still pictures, others are constantly moving and changing. Some are spiritual in nature, others are probably last night’s pizza. I share some of them, but mostly I pray about them. God speaks to me through my dreams. He shows me his mysteries and his overwhelming love for people. All of these dreams come with vivid and colorful images. Sometimes the images are so real it seems that when I wake I am in a fog. There are colors that I cannot describe, because I have never seen them before. There is understanding without words. In my dreams, I just know. Sometimes I understand them immediately, others I have to pray for some time…maybe even years before I get the meaning. I write them all down and store them away in a file on my computer, waiting for God to open them to me.
I tell you this, because the dream I had last week was different from all the others. I have been dreaming for 40 years, but I have never had a dream like this one. This dream had no images. None. I HEARD this dream. Kind of odd…but it got my attention. Anytime there is something that stands out as different, it is usually significant. This one was specifically for me, but it was such an encouragement to my heart I feel it will encourage you as well. It was short and simple, but profound. It was scripture personalized.
It was a version of this passage:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No in these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-38
Only what I HEARD was this:
Who or what shall separate you from my love? Shall trials or difficulties, or the economy, or the enemy, or poor health? No in these things, you are more than a conqueror. I am convinced that neither head injury or cancer, neither depression or joblessness, neither miscarriage or surgery or broken bones, neither fire or car accidents, nor family dysfunction, neither past events, or troubles in the present, neither perception or lies of the enemy or anything else in your life will be able to separate you from my love in Christ Jesus.
As soon as he finished speaking it, I woke up. I wrote it down and promptly went back to sleep, as I usually do. However, in the morning, I spoke it out loud. Reading it…to me…about me…pierced my heart. It went from being a common and familiar scripture to a powerful testament of his grace in my life. It inspired me and lifted me up. That is why I am sharing it with you now. I want that for your heart as well.
This week my ears have been bombarded with bad news. The economy, the death of young men fighting in war, another family in our community has been turned upside down by a stunning report of cancer, another had a child seriously injured in a car accident, pay has decreased, jobs are in jeopardy, marriages are falling apart, alcoholism is on the rise, poverty in our county has increased…depressing really to hear all of that. Yet this scripture cries out. It practically screams… NOTHING can separate you. NO THING. I share my dream with you so you can make it yours. He is speaking to you as well. Fill in the scripture with YOUR stuff. Read it back to yourself. It is healing. Encouraging. Inspiring. It brings hope to your heart in times of hardship. It is a reminder that no matter what you are facing or have faced…you will NOT EVER be separated from his love for you. You cannot even separate yourself from it. He is that big, and loves you that much. It’s true. NO THING.