Early in my ministry, most of the members of my church in South India, were from the lower strata of society, many of them, daily wage earners. Sometimes I felt that it was because of these poor people that the well to do people avoided joining my church. So I started praying to the Lord for well to do families to accept the true gospel and join our church instead of people from the lower strata of the society.
It was during one of those early days of my ministry that the Lord showed me this dream. I am climbing a mountain and there are a lot of small houses here and there on the mountain. The people living there seem to be poor and destitute. There is a father like figure walking beside me as we begin the climb. The father like figure is guiding me as I enter each house. I speak to the people about their life and share a small message from the gospel in one house as he looks on. Next we proceed to another house and there too I speak to the residents.
On the way up the mountain, there are a few reptiles lying on the path, but they don’t attack me because the father like figure protects me from them. After a while, I develop a dislike for these poor houses and think of how to avoid these. I start moving away from the path, but the father like figure holds my hand firmly and says, “Not that way son, this way” and again leads me into another small house with poor people. After we exit many such houses, we both look towards the mountain top and smile at each other, me acknowledging that the father like figure is the best guide for me and he affirming to me that he is there to guide me till the end of my journey.
God has cut a clear cut path for each of us in our work for Him. If we let Him guide us, He will be with us continually, even though the path cut out for us be as one climbing a mountain with hurdles on the way. And if He has called us to work among the poor, that would be the best place for us to be, as He showed me in this dream.