Hanging By A Limb Dream
Scene One: I was with a childhood friend and her family. The house I was staying at reminded me of my grandmothers in Michigan. There were several construction workers outside and one man kept peering through the window. When he popped his head through the window, , I grabbed my phone and dialed 911. Another man came rushing through the front door and made a comment that caused me to put the phone down. I slowly hung up the phone, even though I still had concerns of impending danger from the man coming through the window. As soon as I hung up the telephone, I realized calling would have been of no use because the person on the receiving end had tapped into the phone line and was pretending to be a 911 operator. I mentioned this to the man and he shrugged off my concern. I was thinking he was controlling what was happening in the room.
Scene Two: I was working out and three guys came into the fitness center. I told them what had happened and they believed me. I knew they were there to rescue and protect me. I told them I could pick them out in a line up (similar to a police lineup).
Scene Three: I was hanging on the side of a cliff with my right arm while holding my iPad in my left hand. This was no small cliff, but a vertical, rocky mountain cliff.
While climbing, I was trying to choose a graphic on my iPad. I couldn’t decide between the sun and fiery colors graphic or the clouds. I continued to climb all the while trying to scroll between photos. It was hard to balance my weight while climbing and it caused me to sway back and forth. When my body moved, the screen flipped back and forth between photos making it difficult to work. It was a struggle, but I kept at it, continuing to cling tightly to the cliff and complete the task. I needed help, but it was just me, the mountain, and my iPad. End of dream
The various ways God guides can be seen in the order in which he speaks to us. I had this dream a few months before I purchased the domain and launched the blog. The order of the scenes are to interpreting and understanding the dream.
Hanging by a Limb Dream is a faith-building dream and a prophetic promise.
Scene One: My childhood friend and her family are Christians. Most often when we have a dream with a church, Christian friends or family, there is a spiritual lesson. My spiritual journey with God began when I gave my life to Christ in my youth
There was a clear and present danger from the man peering through the window. Satan’s mission never changes. He’s always searching for ways to steal, kill, and destroy us. John 10:10
Seeing the impending danger, I called for help (911 – God is our emergency help line). It wasn’t until the man rushed through the door that I realized the operator was an imposter. “This man is here to help me,” I thought.
It took me awhile to recognize the man at the door was in cahoots with the man peering through the window, as well as the 911 operator. His attack was subtle, unlike the man peeking through the window. All three were distracting and pulling me away from calling the real source of my help. I felt like a ball, bouncing from wall-to-wall.
The enemy attacks in different ways and has different faces. One attack was obvious. One was seen, but not perceived, and the other was unseen.
Scene Two: This scene represents the need to be spiritually fit. Spiritual preparedness helps us to discern the enemy and what he’s up to. Three in dreams often represents the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). In this setting, I was mindful whose presence I was in.
It wasn’t until I was in God’s presence that I had the confidence to pick out the perpetrators. We must live in God’s presence to discern good from evil.
Spiritual fitness takes time (which began when I accepted Jesus in my youth). But no matter how mature we are in our faith, Satan comes to distract and redirect us away from God. I was targeted to be one of Satan’s victims, but through it all, God protected me.
Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential both for this present life and for the life to come. There is no doubt about this at all, and Christians should remember it. It is because we realize the paramount importance of the spiritual that we labour and struggle. We place our whole confidence in the living God, the savior of all men, and particularly of those who believe in him. These convictions should be the basis of your instruction and teaching. I Timothy 4:8-11 PHILLIPS (Photo by AlexVan)
Final scene: Before the blog was launched, the Lord used this dream to warn me of the challenges that lie ahead. This was a prophetic promise that the work would be difficult and excruciatingly challenging. The hope from a dream like this is how God prepares us for the work he has called us to. Just like this dream depicts, I’ve experienced moments I feel like I’m literally hanging by a limb, swaying back and forth, making little progress. This dream was just one of many promises God used to push me into his divine plan for my life.
The dream reinforces the need to keep pace with God. I continued to climb and make progress, even though I was like a turtle, inching my way along. With God, the pace isn’t as important as resting and trusting God’s perfect timing. Too often I lose sight of this and I want to speed things up.
The cliff – the circumstances in life often require us to climb steep and challenging terrains. God used this particular dream to prepare and brace me for the work ahead. He is love is endless!
The dream began where the enemy was throwing me off balance, but it ended with a picture of hope to trust God. The journey was not only a matter of survival, but one to expect to rise to new heights. What I have to keep in mind is the need to hold onto God with one hand and deal with the challenges of life in the other.
I think we all experience moments we feel like we’re hanging by a limb. You may be going through a divorce, you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a terminal disease, or you have a big decision and don’t know what to do. Our journey won’t always be along the most pleasant paths. But, may we continue to be obedient and do our duty for the Lord. Ephesians 3:2-7
“When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:1-2
Remember God’s promises that have been given to you personally. It could be a verse, a particular message, a song, or from a dream. Don’t let anything or anyone distract you from his presence and his promises. Be on the alert before the enemy comes knocking at your door. Joshua 23:6 Provers 4:27
I believe God wants each of us to give him space to cultivate our spiritual gifts and take part of equipping and building up the church. Ephesians 4:11-13
Pause for a moment and ask God to open your spiritual eyes with a faith-building vision.
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