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Topic: Rattled (05/09/13)

TITLE: Rattled but not without Hope and Peace
By Victoria Catron


My eyes zapped open like a lightning bolt hitting the ground in the middle of a thunder storm. My heart gripped with fear as I looked at the clock on my night stand emitting a blue glow that penetrated the darkness from the 5:45 AM time displayed upon its face. Why had I dreamt such a horrible thing? What did it mean?

I could see myself walking down a street when my eyes lighted upon the man that I love standing next to a jeep, talking to two women. One of them was the woman that he was dating. I looked more closely at him only to find that his right ring finger was bearing what was unmistakably the symbol of never ending love. I continued walking down the street trying to keep my heart from ripping from my chest.

The man I love saw me, ran over, stopped me, and began expounding exactly what I didn't want to hear. "I had to marry her! She's pregnant!" My face fell and with it tears came rushing like water plummeting over the top of a dam. "Then I can no longer talk to you. Good-bye," were the gut wrenching words that poured forth from my shuddering lips as I turned and began running away. At first he followed, "Stop! I need you!" I fled the scene physically in my dream and also by waking up that Sunday morning. I was rattled to my core.

I needed reassurance and hope as I turned from my back to my right side while tears slid down my cheeks. Why had I dreamt such a thing? It was absolutely horrible. Yet a few moments later peace came from memories of answered prayers that I had received several times before. I may not have known or understood what was truly going on with the man I love but I could trust God to take care of him and me! Proverbs 3:5 KJV and Proverbs 3:6 KJV. I think I briefly prayed for him before slipping gently into a dreamless sleep.

There was no mercy from an unsettling, almost obnoxious alarm blaring it's revelry at six AM. I went through my morning routine, settled myself in my car for a trip across the county, and began listening to soothing music on the Christian radio station. I was nearly to my destination when the radio hostess began talking about how she had woken up early some mornings, sleep being elusive, in order for God to deal with her about something in her life tat needed work and/or faith in God. Would she really trust him? Sadly, I hadn't trusted God to take care of my relations with the man that I love, but that morning I saw God's grace. He has such wonderful faithfulness as he continues to change my heart so that it's no longer rattled by things that I don't comprehend and cannot change!

Now days later I'm not concerned with the dream but still whether I am really going to trust God. Am I going to wait for his plans concerning the man that I love and the rest of my life? I read my devotions in the morning and am blessed by what I read. I begin to comprehend a little more of what God wants me to learn in this situation. Yet after a long day I relax on the couch to find myself fearful and wondering again if I should just move on with my life. It would be so much easier and less painful! Then as I prepare for bed verses from Isaiah 40 soothe my once again rattled soul:

"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint (28-31 KJV)."

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Grace Merkey05/18/13
This makes me empathize with you. I would like to hear the rest of the story, however,
about the man you love.
Genia Gilbert05/21/13
Dreams can indeed be this real and rattling. I do like the point about having hope and peace, whether battling dreams or reality. Vivid images and interesting piece.
C D Swanson 05/22/13
This was an interesting approach to the topic, and you nailed that perfectly. Nicely done, good conclusion pulling it together nicely.

God bless~
Nancy Bucca05/23/13
This is an interesting story about the dream and the scriptural lesson you intertwine with it. It think it would make an excellent devotional.

I too, however, would have enjoyed hearing more about the man you love.
Holly Hoell05/23/13
I liked how this showed how a relationship with one person can rattle and almost consume us, our thoughts, dreams, etc..
Then tying in the scripture / lesson at the end. I also think its a great devotional.