As I opened my eyes, unburring myself from all the blankets, I reached over to my husband and repeated; “You did the nicest thing for me”, “You did the nicest thing for me.”…. I was half awake and half asleep, realizing that I was dreaming, he asked me, “ what did I do?” and in the moment I couldn’t find the right words to express such a joyous experience..
As I woke up, I began to ask myself; What are dreams?
The Bible indicates that God revealed His will to selected people through dreams or visions in Scriptures such as Genesis 37:5-10; 1 Kings 3:5-15; Daniel, chapters 2 and 7; Matthew 1:20; 2:13,19; and Acts 10:9-16; 16:9.
For the last month, I have had this dialog with the Lord in the secret place about the topic of true (JOY) a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
What (we) humans instinctively tend to search for to experience joy is, things we think we can earn or relationships we can sustain etc..
The Lord used this recent holiday season to speak to me about how to experience (eternal) JOY.
How can I explain this?…..
Okay here goes; hope you can follow. So when I had my revelation of Jesus 7 years ago this month, I had been walking in brokenness for so long, broken relationships, broken heart, broken ambitions, broken confidence, broken identity, you name it! I was lost and nothing could really bring me (joy) that would last. Everything was vanity and then it would die away leaving me feeling even more empty.
Then as I began my journey of healing in Christ, I prayed very specific prayers over, over and over with many tears, writings, and pleatings.. As the years went on, our Lord was faithful! He spoke to my heart one day and I knew 2017 was going to be my year of restoration. Brokenness was no longer going to have a foothold in my life.
Then at Christmas, I found myself in this moment of complete peace watching as my family gathered, hugged, laughed and were joyfully visiting….I almost broke into tears when it hit me that although these prayers were important and thank God, He (answered) them. I realized that this (joy) was temporary and I couldn’t take it with me or relive it in the way I was IN that moment. As I fought away the tears the Lord began to speak to my heart and said; “You see;I answered all your prayers, just to teach you what eternal (joy) REALLY is.
I suddenly was gut stricken that the only moment that brings forth (joy) that gives fruit, gives life, and lasts eternally, comes from a life surrendered to Jesus. The only (joy) that you can take happens when you sew the precious seeds you have been trusted with in Christ.
In my dream, It seemed like it was my birthday only because I knew I was being given a VERY special gift. My husband walked up to me and with this incredible smile, he handed me what looked like a gift wrapped book. The wrapping was very simple and the book, a medium size. Once the wrapping paper was removed, it appeared to me as if my husband had kept a scrapbook (of sorts), of the seeds I sewed in obedience to the Lord on earth. I looked up at him in amazement!! My whole ((being)) felt as if I began to float, as I lifted the cover and layed eyes on the first page, the first thing that my eyes locked onto was what looked like a valentines card glued on the page and the last name of a family POPPED off the page and in, incredibly beautiful cursive writing and suddenly in what seemed like a second, I was seeing alllllll the fruit of that one single seed I sewed into the life of one person and the legacy that went on forever because of it! I screamed in excitement, shock, joy, tears etc..!
Then I looked at the next card glued to the 1st page and it came to life somehow playing out it’s journey, and I could see how far the seed spread! I was CONSUMED by JOY! It was ETERNAL JOY! It didn’t stop, it couldn’t stop! And as I watched it, it seemed to come off the pages and form who I was in my eternal body, another way to explain it was I was wearing the fruit of these seeds like jewels and linen made of bright lights. My husband stood their celebrating this JOY with me and I couldn’t shake his incredible smile that seemed to speak things I can’t find words to share in our human words.
I woke up reaching for his embrace while repeating, “You did the nicest thing for me”, “You did the nicest thing for me”…
Later on that day as I was listening to worship, and I realized that my husband in the dream was symbolic for our bridegroom Jesus. He was showing me that, 1, He is keeping a record and 2, In eternity, this will be a JOY I will be able to take with me and relive again and again and again and all of heaven will be celebrating with me!
1 Corinthians 15:39-44 The Message (MSG)
39-41 You will notice that the variety of bodies is stunning. Just as there are different kinds of seeds, there are different kinds of bodies—humans, animals, birds, fish—each unprecedented in its form. You get a hint at the diversity of resurrection glory by looking at the diversity of bodies not only on earth but in the skies—sun, moon, stars—all these varieties of beauty and brightness. And we’re only looking at pre-resurrection “seeds”—who can imagine what the resurrection “plants” will be like!
42-44 This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when we’re raised, we’re raised for good, alive forever! The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality!
Thankful, so, so, thankful…