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Last week I received a message from a victory group leader asking what the Bible teaches about dreams and visions. We know about people in the Bible having significant dreams (like Joseph and Daniel) but does God still reveal things to us that way?
One of the fascinating books I read more than a year ago was Nabeel Qureshi’s “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus” where he recounted his dream of standing outside a narrow door and not being able to get into a wedding feast; a dream he later realized was taken straight out of the parable of Jesus in Luke 12:22-29. Qureshi was a Muslim who had been wrestling with the decision to accept Christ but was held back by so much intellectual doubting. Seeing a series of three dreams was his final confirmation of the divinity of Jesus. Today, Qureshi is one of the itinerary speakers at the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. (Edit: In September 16, 2017, Nabeel Qureshi died of stomach cancer).
We know of shock absorbers.
I first came across this word in college when the seniors ahead of me wrote in their thesis acknowledgments the names of people who were their shock absorbers. These were close friends who listened patiently as they ranted about professors and thesis advisers who gave them academic hell.
Then of course there’s the shock absorbers for cars and other vehicles.
The point of shock absorbers is to lessen impact, to make collision less painful, less damaging. A bit similar to what Jesus was saying in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He offers wide open arms to those who have heavy loads to carry, those who have untold griefs bursting in their chests.
Look up, Christian, look up. There’s no use in looking back at something you can’t change. The past gives no hope, only lessons to help you make right choices in the future.
Broken people with exhausted hearts, dead tired Christians almost at the point of giving up… do not lose hope. You are loved and cherished more than you can ever imagine. Jesus cares about you.
He knows the weary road you’ve traveled. He is familiar with the pain you are going through. He walked the thorny path you are walking in. He bled before a thorn pierced your foot.
Come to him, all of you who are weary and heavily laden. He will restore your strength. He will bind your wounds. He will put soothing balm on your bruises. He will refresh you with healing waters. He will put a pillow under your head. He will give rest for your souls.
There’s so much to be thankful for today. Every time I look back at the last few years of my life, I am amazed at how God brought me here by his grace. My heart overflows with joy right now. King David was right. Who am I that I would be a recipient of much of God’s loving-kindness?
I thank God for giving me one of life’s constant graces: the Agot family. I love this family to bits, especially during those times when we had our bitter fights and we were all sagging under the weight of our strained relationships. This family gives me a living picture of the triumph of grace over sin. Grace wins every time. We remain closely knit until today because God is the one pulling our heartstrings together.