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Topic: Learning for Life (08/23/04)

TITLE: Lesson Learned Through A Dream
By Heather Reed


I had a dream that I died and was in what seemed to be heaven. God was not to be seen but I could hear His voice.

When I looked around I noticed that I was standing on what looked like a very tall building. I felt like I was really high in the sky and when I looked down all I could see were clouds, all around me.

Then I heard God ask me about my faith, He asked me if I believed and I said "Yes”. He then told me all of the sins that I had done when I was alive and asked me if I was to remain a sinner or repent for all my sins and be forgiven.
I said that I was sorry for all that I had done wrong and that I wished to repent and be forgiven. He said to be forgiven I had to prove my faith, I asked what I had to do and He said "stand at the edge of this building and let yourself fall backwards. If you are truly sorry and have all the faith in your heart then you will be lifted back into heaven and all will be forgiven, but if your faith is not true in your heart then you will continue to fall until you have reached the depths of Hell and you will spend eternity there”.

I was so scared at first I might have questioned my faith for a split second, but then I felt this peace come over me and I was no longer afraid. I knew that I was truly sorry for my sins on earth, so I put my heels as close to the edge as I could. I closed my eyes and let myself fall back.

As I was falling I opened my eyes and began to see visions of all the good moments in my life flashing by me. With each set of clouds I fell through, visions of my birthdays and graduation, moments with my mother and moments with my husband and most of all I saw the precious births of my babies all over again.
All of the sudden I stopped in the air. The clouds were still around me. I felt like I was laying on something and when I looked down to see what it was; I saw a huge hand holding me up. I knew at that moment that this hand belonged to God.

In one split second I was lifted up so high that I reached Heaven, and that’s when I woke up from my dream.

I don't know exactly why I had this dream, but I can guess that it has something to do with the way I have been feeling so sorry for myself and wondering if I am even sure I have enough faith to get me through hardships in my life. I wonder if in the end I will ever be happy.

I have learned a lesson from this dream and that is I don’t have to try and be perfect so that everyone will like me. I don’t have to please everyone else in my life, I need to be happy with myself and know that the only person I need to please is God for He is my destiny.

Member Comments
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Al Boyce08/30/04
Amen Heather. If we can please God, everything else comes together. Good read.
L.M. Lee08/31/04
man if we can learn to only concern ourselves with pleasing God... all of nights and days will be much for restful! Good story.