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TITLE: The Nightmare
By Karri Compton
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Boughs of green foliage reached to a brilliant blue sky. A hint of cool breezed through the balmy air. Fragrant flora arrayed itself around me. I reveled in the sensations, feeling comfortable there.
In an instant, I felt the presence of another, and instinctively knew this was the only One that mattered at all in this surreal world. Joy welled up within my soul as His intense stare enveloped me, knowing my every thought.
Immediately, the scene changed, as well as my emotional state. Darkness enveloped me and I began to run, not caring the destination. Something was wrong, and a voice inside me said: Hide, itís not worth it, donít go back. Images of wandering and betrayal swirled in my memory, taunting me until I collapsed. Again, the Presence drew near, but instead of joy, I only felt confusion and shame. A calming whisper spoke of my unfaithfulness. It was the One gently wooing me back to Him.
Sitting up abruptly in my bed, I tried to shake off the horrible feeling that latched onto my soul. When that effort proved fruitless, I resigned myself to the obvious interpretation of the dream. It was a picture of my life.
I had forsaken my first love, hurt the One who had already born pain for me. All the wonders of a relationship with God were trashed to make room for my selfishness. The verses in Revelation 2 flashed boldly in my mind. I finally remembered the height from which I had fallen, knowing my only hope was waiting within Godís mercy. A prayer of repentance sprang from my heart, asking the Lord to forgive me Ė again.
The nightmare jolted me from my mediocre life into a new passion for God and His Word. Some days I think clearly, and enjoy my close walk with God. Other days, I act like He isnít even here with me, neglecting my gifts and the power of the Holy Spirit available for me. My diagnosis: a case of spiritual Alzheimerís. Thankfully, I know the Cure. He is my first love, the One who created me to be satisfied only in Him.
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