Sunday, August 3, 2014

Peaceful Night (?)

I didn't sleep at all last night. We arrived at the beach with our dogs, and shortly thereafter, a massive thunderstorm commenced. It went on all night. One lightning strike was so close that electronics in the room began shrieking and resetting. And to top off the tumult, Lucky is frantic in thunder storms. He paced about, panting, all night. Whenever he thought I was in danger of dozing off, he would come and lick my hand or bump my face. Finally, around 4 a.m. I was almost drifting to sleep when my phone burst to life with an eye-popping siren. It was an alert that flash floods were reported in my area. Lovely. I fell asleep around 6 a.m.  Ah, the peaceful beach vacation!

It is Honeybun's first time at the ocean. I hope you can see the video above. Blogger seems to be having some trouble with it. She was unimpressed. Basically, Honeybun is unimpressed by anything she cannot eat.

When I did sleep, I dreamt that I was trying to get home. To do so, me and those with me were told that it would take courage. I could choose what possessions I carried with me and I was to go into a catacomb that would lead me home, but it would be very difficult to get there alive. I was warned it would take tremendous cunning, creativity, and sacrifice as well as very fortuitous choices. I looked at the entrance. It was only slightly wider than me and dipped down like a rabbit tunnel. I selected only the basic supplies I thought I would need to survive, and went feet first into the tunnel. However, while gravity got me easily through the first 50 feet, the narrow tunnel suddenly made a sharp u-turn up, and I was feet first. I had no room to turn around, not could I possibly crawl out at this point. I knew there was absolutely no way I was going to make this journey on my own power.

I awoke and understood immediately what God was telling me. 

You are right. You cannot make it on your own power...the first major obstacle and you are helpless. No matter how courageous, how cunning, how creative, or how much you sacrifice, you are doomed if you think you can do this alone. The good news is, you do not have to. Trust me, lean on me, abide in me, and I will lead you safely home.

I felt a flash-flood of relief.

Isaiah 41:13 

For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

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