I Dreamed I saw Jesus
|In 1979, when we lived in Loma Linda California, we had many dear friends and had lots of fun with them. On August five, we had a delightful outing. During this camp out at Mead Lake with friends Kay and Rick Henderson, Lindy and husband and Arnie Barret, I had a dream during the night that I saw Jesus coming in the clouds. The small cloud in the East became bigger and bigger until I could see the lovely face of Jesus. He had such a kind face.|
|When Jesus looked at me, He sadly shook His head. Instantly the reason flashed into my mind. I had shorted out my Bible study time because I was so busy making medical school goals my "god". I crammed Organic Chemistry classes into one summer and shortened my time daily with God. My devotion time with God was very hurried and I had stopped my evening times of prayer and study. I was shutting out my BEST FRIEND. He loved me so much He gave me the dream to warn me of where I was headed.|
|I awoke with serious thoughts. I did not want to miss out on heaven. Quietly there in the tent, while all the other campers were sleeping, I wondered how I could be sure that I would not see a sad face Jesus refusing me entrance into heaven because I was not ready. I had the little book "Steps to Christ" along. As it began to get lighter, I began to read. I think God planned what page I should read. I just opened and started reading. Reading on the chapter of prayer, I read that if I was really seeking to be closer to Jesus and to get ready for His coming, I would attend the mid week prayer meeting services at the church. I would go where ever people gathered together for prayer. I was already attending church once a week.|
|I had a friend Lindy who always urged me to go with her
but even though I promised, I found myself too busy or just forgot. I was
struggling to get high grades in organic chemistry. I wanted to get into
medical school. I felt I had to do my best so I could be a missionary
doctor for Jesus. In the process of this busy schooling, I was pushing God
out of my life. I did not spend more than a few minutes as I rushed out
the door each day.
I promised God right there in the tent that morning, if He would remind me, I would always go.
I did not do well on the exam the day after prayer meeting and sat in the library blaming God for I had gone to prayer meeting. A young college age man came up to me. I had never seen him before or after. He gently said he noticed I was upset. I told him why and he said something I never forgot. "If God wants you to be a doctor, there will be nothing that can stop you if you put HIM first." I would make a much better doctor that way too.
I so much want to be ready when my Jesus comes. He has reminded me and since that time, I have enjoyed the blessing that comes with studying with others who like to pray. I also enjoy my quiet time with Jesus every morning and evening. I wake up talking to Him. In the middle of the night if I wake up I pray. All day long I pray. When I am cooking a meal and add oil, I pray that God will give me the oil of kindness to my lips and the oil of the Holy Spirit. When I wash my hands with soap or wash the dishes, I pray God will clean my heart and scrub it well. When I sweep, I ask Jesus to clean all the dirt from my character. When I pull weeds in my garden, I ask Jesus to pull the weeds out of my character.
was a warning type of dream. I hope it never comes true. I thank Jesus
from the bottom of my heart that He loved me enough to warn me.
How I want to be ready when Jesus comes. I pray every day that He will help me get ready, no matter what it takes. No matter what trial I must go through, I have to be ready. I want to go home with Jesus to the place He has prepared for me. I want to hear God singing in the garden He gives to me. (Zephaniah 3:17)
I want to have all people who have been encouraged by my testimony to come eat strawberries from my big strawberry patch. Dear reader, will you meet me at my place? I will have a special plate all fixed up for you. I want to serve you my finest berries. I will have some delightful grapes and many flowers too. I can hardly wait. Keep the commandments and the testimony of Jesus, my friend. Be faithful to Jesus and He will take you to heaven when He comes.
|And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He
shall appear; we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at His
coming. I John 2:28
Do not turn from His gentle calls or His calls to you will come less frequently and quieter until He finally leaves you alone out of respect for your choice.