At a recent retreat, our pastors received this vision from the Lord.
The vision started on on a small, animal trail in the woods. The path was very narrow, and hardly able to be seen. The branches and overgrowth were dense. You could barely see in front of you because of the dense brush. In walking down the path, you had to look closely to see the worn area in the ground and push, pull, and trample the branches to make your way through. As you traveled the path, slowly, the path got larger, and branches became less dense, Continuing on, that path gave way to a meadow. It was a beautiful meadow, and now you can see the hills, the valleys, the animals, the lake at the foot of the hills.
In Proverbs 3:5-6, we are coached to:
“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not depend on your own understanding but in all your ways lean on Him.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV).
Terry reminded me of this when I had read what she had written the following in her journal – “God is fixing the broken pieces in my life. Get ready for restoration. God is preparing me for everything I prayed for”. Today, I was, again, reminded of God’s hand in my life.
After Terry went to Heaven, I suddenly found myself on a path similar to the one described in the beginning of this vision. I was grieving. I was in pain. I couldn’t see much for all the emotions and feelings that were overwhelming me. Even today, there is often a struggle between the spiritual and the world.
But, as the vision goes on, as I kept my faith, as I kept vision on that small path that was under my feet, I can now see that there is more around me. As Terry said, this path was God preparing me.
Today, I knew that I was going to go to church, but was lazy and I didn’t commit to a specific time. Suddenly, I felt the urge the hurry and get there. It was 9:00 and the service started at 9:30. Rush, rush … take a shower, get dressed, get out of the house, into the car, down to the street. I arrived as the worship was just beginning. I found a seat in the front. As worship started, a lady sat down in front of me. I felt a nudge in my spirit to pray for her. So I did. The service was great, but what happened after was awesome.
After the service, the lady turned around and started to talk to me. She indicated that she had a strong sense of feeling for others and what they were feeling. And, she said, she sensed so much faith in me. That, in spite of the pain in my life, she felt that my faith is strong. Well this led to a great conversation. A conversation about what’s going on today, about her, about life, and about God’s path that is before us.
God is preparing me. Today, was another life lesson from him
- To listen to Him when He prompted me to go now.
- To be aware of His presence when he surrounds me with His angels.
- To recognize that He shows me the paths in my life.
- To be open to Him when He speaks to me (even if it is from somebody else).
- To get ready …
What can I do? Nick, asked us these questions after the service today:
- Where have I failed to put my full trust in Him.
- Where in my live am I leaning on my own understanding.
These two questions raise the bar even more, today. I would probably get a failing grade as I answer these. So, the challenge for today is to recognize those areas that I need to put more trust in him, to lean on Him, and to let him clear the brush from my path so that I can see the meadows and all of His majesty.