"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
~ Jude 1:20-23 ~
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1.2-4).
I woke up puzzled from a dream. It's not really a 'dream' in the sense that it was something I desired with great aspirations...but as defined in the dictionary. The first definition describing it as a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
It didn't seem it would be a dream of any depth or importance until I asked the Lord if He wanted to reveal something to me...that is when the following was revealed:
I was desperately hanging on. As the dream 'zoomed out' I realized why. I was climbing up a hill that consisted of concrete, like a sidewalk with grass on either side. This hill however was not angled but was literally 100% vertical; I was truly suspended high in the air. Great fear overtook me as my mind tempted my hands to let go as my hands seemed to no longer have any strength. For some reason in my dream, I had this moment where I was able to have the strength to look below and found with great fear that a tree was below me. The fear led me to hang on even more, as I knew if I let go it could be devastating.
Amazingly I remember that soon after I realized I was hanging onto this cement hill, I noticed the people around me going up as well. Their eyes were focused on the top which was so close yet it truly seemed EXTREMELY far away.
I realized this afternoon, one of the reasons I hung on and kept climbing even when I felt as though I could not climb anymore, is the persevearence of the ones who were climbing beside me and before me. I remember the breathing was heavy, yet the focus was steady. When I finally reached the top, I remember seeing that the way down was just as steep, however, the obstacles were out of the way. I remember breathing in real deep, closing my eyes and descending at great speed over the hill as many others who had crossed over were waiting with jubilant glees.
I am sure there may be more to this dream, however, what I received from it was powerful. As I took a step back, being awake from the dream, I realized that the Lord was revealing when we don't quit, but keep going, it provokes others to keep going. The provoking tenacity out weighs the hindering shouts to quit. When we MOMENT BY MOMENT make the choice not to quit, it can become a movement in which others will find that being faithful to the end is the greatest reward; more so than even receiving a reward. Of course, the greatest reward is knowing that we are with God as we realize He is for us, not against us.
It led me to the reminder of what my focus needs to be. I need to see the transition from the temptation to quit to the life changing transforming power of God's passionate love to keep going because of the others behind, beside and before me. God has equipped us to lift others up as we allow God to lift us up lifting up and declaring His Holy Name! It's a constant flowing of Almighty God's Eternal Giving Power!