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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: Have You Ever Had a Dream
By Sandra Petersen


I tremble. My heart thunders in my chest. With shaking hands, I try to close the screen door but its dimensions no longer fit the door jamb. How can that be possible? No time to wonder. I shut the hardwood door, fumbling with the lock, but the lock disappears in my hands. Shrinking back to a corner of the living room, I wait for that which stalks me. It, whatever it is, will come through those doors soon. I might glimpse the dreaded creature as it passes by the picture window, but will seeing it reduce my horror, or magnify it? With no way to defend myself, I wait for whatever the unknown evil will do to me. My terror expands within me, collapsing my lungs. Then I awake, fear constricting my breath. The silence of my darkened bedroom frightens me. Fumbling for the bedside radio, I flick on a Christian music station and try to convince myself that it was all a dream. Lord Jesus, I need You, I begin to pray.

Have you ever had a dream like that, a nightmare that wakes you to sheets wet with your own sweat? Have your imaginary specters been so real that you wake your spouse with your groaning? Have you roused yourself with paddling legs and flailing arms as you try to escape the terror in the night?

Job, who had better reason than me to dream of terrible things, lamented, “When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaint, then You scare me with dreams, and terrify me with visions; so that my soul chooses strangling, death rather than my life.”* The God of peace must have seemed very distant.

Satan’s favorite battleground is the human mind. Through unreasoning terror, he can sow doubt in us of God’s faithfulness. Perhaps that is why we are instructed that sound wisdom and judgment found through fear of the Lord is a bulwark against Satan’s strategies. In the wisdom granted him by God, Solomon could state, “When you lie down, you shall not be afraid; yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.”*

Nightmares of doors that will not close or lock need not disturb our rest. The unseen and unknown should not cause fear. When the Lord of the universe is the One upon which we depend, we can claim the promises found in Psalm 91: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall rest under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Jehovah, my refuge and my fortress; my God; in Him I will trust. You shall not fear the terror by night; nor because of the arrow that flies by day; nor for the plague that walks in darkness, of the destruction laying waste at noonday.”*

Trust in Him, rest in Him, and may He grant you sweet sleep.


*Scriptures quoted from the Modern King James version include Job 7: 13-15; Psalm 4: 8; and Psalm 91: 1-2, 5-6

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Jessica Schmit03/14/06
You bet we can all realte! Great job on writing this piece.
Jan Ackerson 03/15/06
Very comforting article.
Helen Paynter03/16/06
Yes - "you will keep him in perfect peacewhose mind is stayed on thee." Thank you