Dreams Do Come True!

"And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.”

Joel 2:28  

The prophet Joel looked forward to the day when God would pour out His Spirit on all mankind and old men like me would see dreams and young men would see glorious visions of God. When the Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost our eyes were open and able to understand the Word of God, and with it, His plans, purposes and the glorious future that awaits those who hope in Jesus.  

The last few weeks have seemed more like a bad dream that the world just can’t seem to wake up from. Every day is starting to feel like a scene out of the movie Ground Hog Day. At first, most of America was Ok with a few days off from work but now, all these weeks later like in the movie where Bill Murray starts to panic as he begins to think that the rest of his life and all eternity will be lived out doing the exact same thing each day seeing only the same people every day. Nothing is new and life becomes simply a repeat of the day before.

There are more than just a few people starting to feel that way as they deal with the stress of being confined to their homes and only seeing the same people 24 hours a day. The good news the Bible teaches us, “and it came to pass.” This coronavirus will pass loved one, and one day, sooner than we think, we will be back to work and back about living our lives again and this Groundhog Day we have been living will be over.

Speaking of dreams. Did you know that dreams have played an important role throughout the Bible? From Genesis to the Gospel of Matthew we find God speaking to people in dreams. From Jacob and his son Jospeh, to the prophet Daniel in the Old Testament, even the Magai and Mary’s husband Joesph all had dreams where God communicated some amazing truth. I believe the Bible lists 21 unique times in all where God spoke through dreams. Maybe it’s in our dreams that God is able to communicate with us more effectively than when we are awake for the simple fact that we cant fight or resist Him. When we are sound asleep physically we are still awake spiritually making it much easier for us to receive all the Lord has for us.

What Joel was communicating and what the apostle Peter was drawing attention to was what Jesus promised us that He would do when He returned to heaven after His resurrection. Jesus said that He would ask the Father to send us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Helper who would comfort us in our trials and afflictions and who would help us by bringing to our minds all the things Jesus has told us.

Like so many believers I am comforted and reminded of God’s faithfulness each time I open and read God’s Word, and occasionally I’ll even have a dream about the Word of God and what the Lord was speaking. I came across a poem this morning about a specific dream someone had as they looked back ever their life and it reminded me why dreams are so important to us. We can learn a lot about ourselves by what we dream. I believe the Lord wants to use this particular poem about a dream to encourage us, His kids, that He is with us in ways we might not even see or feel due to all the distractions this Coronavirus has caused. My hope and prayer today, loved one is if you are feeling all alone and that God Himself seems distant, that this poem will speak to you like it does to me. It’s titled, “Footprints” and it goes like this…    

One night I dreamed a dream.
As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.
Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.
For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,
One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,
I looked back at the footprints in the sand.
I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,
especially at the very lowest and saddest times,
there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.
"Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,
You'd walk with me all the way.
But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,
there was only one set of footprints.
I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child, I love you and will never leave you
Never, ever, during your trials and testings.
When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."

Don’t you love it! Such a great reminder that not only are we never alone, but that in those times when we feel alone as if God is not there and we can only see one set of footprints in the sand, we’d remember they are His, and God is carrying us!

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

Be safe and know…


Michael Osthimer





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