I have nightmares that make me weep. Dark thoughts unbidden from the deep. Disturbing dreams that make me wonder, Where did I get their ugly thunder? The haunting of my sleep.
Then I think of Joseph, the dreamer from of old. A baker asked Joseph what his dream foretold. In this nightmare birds picked at his bread. “It means three days till you’re hanged and dead.”
Shaken I ask, “What’s my dream’s meaning?” This ugliness my mind is weaving. Do they reflect what I am inside? Take them, please take them, I can’t abide.
The Lord’s response:
Three days I spent in death’s dark terror, that your nightmares may be condemned as error. I arose with dawn just and true. be assured I have good dreams for you, Remember this, the fight’s been won. My mercy is new as the coming sun.
Each morning I awake of this I know, His unfailing love won’t me let go. So if fears and hurts plague your thought, Know that each one He has bought and buried forever in the deepest hell. That you might draw joy from salvation’s well.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:4-5
Lessons from the Pandemic (It is hard to be tranquil)
It is easy to get covid. It is hard not to spread it to others. It is easy to protest. It is hard to see another perspective. It is easy to go back to old ways. It is hard to change. It is easy to criticize. It is hard to receive criticism. It is easy to believe a lie you like. It is hard to accept truth you don’t like. It is easy to get anxious. It is hard to let it go. It is easy to see other’s mistakes. It is hard to see your own.
We all need help to do the hard things Jesus said, “My yoke is easy My burden is light.” It’s easy to say I want God’s help. But, it’s hard to give Him control.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23