(Joel 2:28 tells us that old men will dream dreams and young men will see visions) Below is a vision my daughter Christina shared with me.
“It started out looking like a giant battle field..but it was a mountain, with disgusting and grotesque monsters like the ones from Lord of the Rings.. fighting and battling each other... and in the midst..you see a man... climbing the mountain with all his might.. and he is getting hit, and beaten on the way up the mountain, he slips a few times..but continues to climb and climb..despite the bruises and beatings he gets... and as he steps onto the top of the mountain.. the cross is there and Jesus is standing next to it. There is a bright glow coming from the top of the mountain and encases just the top..where the man and Jesus are.. The man falls to his knees.. while the monsters are trying to invade the glowing bubble, so to speak.. They cannot enter it.. it was wierd..because they couldn’t even get their hands into the light... and the man.. walked in.. and fell on his knees before the Father.. and the Father protected him from any more beating.... though he was bruised and battered he still kept on. And though he was torn and ripped up... he still had the strength to kneel before Jesus.”
In this vision I thought of only one scripture that can say it better than myself;
"...we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;" (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)
As my husband and I were traveling across town to go eat, the sun was glaring very brightly in our windshield. I made a remark that I was blinded by the light. As soon as those words came out of my mouth, I realized the impact they had. If we, as Christians, would seemingly focus on the the Light – Jesus, we can walk through battles and unknown grotesque monsters and worldly attacks. We can overcome any mountain, any obstacle that is keeping us from true worship. The problem is - we let our problems dictate to us our capability to worship. We’re having a rough day, so we begin to grumble and complain. Those murmurings turn into despair. If we continue down this path, we begin to not see His Light. Things grow darker as our spirits grow heavier. We are too weak to climb out alone.
Just one look at Jesus, one look at His cross, is all it takes to set us free. Will we dare remain insightful in our own darkness, or step into His light that causes all darkness to flee. Darkness is not welcome where the Light is. Evil is dark, good is Light. Evil cannot even penetrate the light of our hearts when we are looking at Jesus. I am grateful that Christina shared her vision with me. It is a very encouraging one for all of us.
As the New Year brings promises of joy and most likely unknown burdens, let us keep mindful to remain focused on His Light. Let us keep an attitude of true worship. Let us pierce this present darkness with hope and healing. How can we do that? We abandon everything to get to where Jesus is in our lives. We climb mountains; we cross rivers or do whatever it takes, just get to where He is in your life and begin to worship Him. It is a place of safety. It is a place of healing and light. Find Jesus and you will find peace. I ask God to bless you with peace now and in the coming New Year. Shalom!
I'm so glad that you decided to share your daughter's vision in this powerful devotional. It is something that we seem to need reminding of often and that we should, rather, be constantly aware of. What freedom we would all, then, live in, despite what might be going on around us.