Awakened with a jolting ka-thump, I found myself lying upon a sandy moonlit beach.
Frantically, I began searching the barren landscape for clues about where I was.
“My friend, how is it you have come to such a deserted place as this?”
Jerking around quickly to see who was speaking from behind me, I saw a statuesque man, dressed in a sandy colored tunic swathed with a deep blue cloak and was speechless.
“Do not be afraid little sojourner, for I believe I know who you are and where you have come from.”
“Sir, although I know who I am, I have no idea how I got here or even where I am.”
I was aware that although he was speaking Greek and I English, we both understood one another.
Commandingly but warmly, he stepped toward me and offered me his hand. “Come; let us proceed to a place of comfort where we can share in fellowship with one another.”
As we walked in silence, I reflected over the name he had called me, it was somehow familiar.
As we reached the opening of a cave, he motioned for me to enter. Once inside, he pointed to several shallow and elongated holes within the earthen floor that were lined and padded with leaves. “Please sit and make yourself comfortable.”
He then handed me some type of bread that was dry and coarse along with a mug made of bronze in which he filled with water from a barrel.
Bowing his head and waiting for me to follow, he humbly gave thanks to the Lord for what we were about to share. Ashamedly, I took this opportunity to hide half the portion of bread he had served me inside my shirt pocket. It felt and looked like sand paper, which after tasting it, was glad, I did.
“You must have many questions little sojourner, as do I. I have often wondered how God’s mighty word would be spread and received in a time such as yours and believe you are the instrument God has chosen to quiet the inquisitiveness that stirs within me.
“My fellow bondservant in Christ, Paul, spoke of a brief encounter with a young foreigner who claimed to have lived in the 21st Century. However, he was undecided if you had been real or only a dream.”
“I remember now! I had been reading the book of Acts about how Saul became blind after a light from heaven shined around him. It was in Damascus during the three days afterward, that I was suddenly with him.
“I told him how all that he would write about, would be read throughout the world, bringing many into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior.
“Before Ananias arrived, and he bid me farewell he expressed his great humbleness to have received such kindness and mercy from a Christian he once lived to destroy.
“Tonight, I was reading the last book of the completed Bible called Revelation where you wrote about the end times, so assume that you are John and this is the island of Patmos.”
“It is true and I hunger for all that you have to share with me.”
“This Island is still very much a part of my world and has become a Christian pilgrimage for many.
The Bible is now translated into over 2,400 different languages and disciples of God’s word continue to travel to those parts of the world that have yet to hear His word. Sadly, though, there are still those who continue to loose their lives for sharing the Gospel of Christ.
As we concluded our many hours of questions and answers, the early light of day was now proclaiming the morning sunrise, which would soon follow; when a man, whose presence I had not been aware of, appeared from the darkened recesses of the cave and spoke to John.
“Shall I write all that has been shared here this night?”
“Ah, my dear brother Prochorus, we are only to write that which has been ordained by God. My time spent here with this little sojourner, has been a time of refreshment, and must stay amongst ourselves.”
The night had been long and we were soon fast asleep.
When I awoke to my familiar surroundings, I vividly remembered all that I had dreamt, when something crackled beneath me. Sitting up, I could only stare in awe as I saw what appeared to be the bread I had hidden from John in my dream.
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