About 10 years ago I was challenged by my pastor to put “pen to paper" to help me understand the storm that was brewing inside me. My immediate thought was "Oh boy!" But once I made the choice to start, no force on earth could stop me…it just kept coming! By the time an hour or so clicked off, I had written a play. Yes, a whole play. And as I put the pen down (which by now was smoking), I felt the ground rumble and realized that it was all my former teachers collectively rolling over in their graves!
All kidding aside, it was an amazing experience. What I didn't know was that it was not by any means over yet.
That night, I had a very unusual dream. Unusual because it felt like God really wanted me to know something important.
The Bible says in James 1:5 " If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” So when it comes, get ready because that roller-coaster is about to crest the first hill!
This dream was so real to me that, as I was writing it down, my emotions got the best of me. After some work deciphering my 2:00am chicken scratching (some that I think the World War II code breakers would have a tough time with) this is what I ended up with:
The play that I wrote became a movie and I was being interviewed. I was asked a question about a line in the play where I spoke of my father beating me until I couldn’t breathe. He said "How did you get past that and move forward with your life?”
I replied, "A house takes a long time and a lot of work to build, but should it complain for the rest of its life that it was beat by hammers? NO! It does what it was built to do, shelter one from the cold, heat, and rain. And if someone burned it to the ground, then we should roll up our sleeves, mix all the ashes with mud and start making bricks, because we are all in need of shelter!"
This experience and its message helped me to understand that in life building anything, be it mental, physical, or spiritual, is hard work! My experience has been that failure is all the hard work I chose NOT to do. In Matthew 19:26 we read that "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Also in Psalm 62:2 it says, "Truly He is my rock and salvation, He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
Never be shaken…no matter how many hammers!
Wake Up Christian