Not long ago, I had discovered that Jesus occasionally speaks to me through vivid dreams. Initially, I was unaware of the power and prophetic insight each dream contained until its messages began manifesting in the natural.
I once dreamt that I was involved in an accident, and extensive injuries had caused my death. I was elated to finally meet Jesus face to face and live with Him forever. But as I lay there dying, Jesus never appeared. I called out to Him in desperation, “Jesus, where are you?! I want to come home. Why can’t I see you?” He replied, “I’m not letting you leave earth yet. You have work to do.” I reentered my body and healed from the horrific trauma that ensued.
Prior to this encounter with Jesus, my mother and I were engaging in conversation. “I don’t understand why certain people experience more hardship than others,” She inquired.
God’s will exists as well as our own free will. It may appear that certain people endure more heartache, but no one is a stranger to it. God’s hand is always at work, but many times we don’t recognize this simple truth. It can be especially difficult to understand when we are unable to completely understand the chaos itself. God does not birth trials, but He will take the opportunity to use them for growth. Affliction, no matter how minor or how major, is used to fashion us into who we were created to be. When we fight battles, we discover who we are and what we are made of (Bevere, 2016). Follow the lead of the Holy Spirit, and recognize the authority you have through Jesus Christ. We do not war against flesh and blood, but rather against the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). I would be lying to you if I shared that I have never wondered the very same thing as my mother. There have been moments I’ve had to remind myself Who I serve due to the overwhelming circumstances of this world. Unfortunately, I am familiar with succumbing to the devil’s deceit, and I have even felt that certain hardships were simply too difficult to endure.
Understanding my mother’s genuine insight, I replied, “Sometimes I feel that it would just be easier for Jesus to call me home.” She assured, “Well, you still have work to do.”
The visit from Jesus in my dream, as well as my mother’s words, provide confirmation that God is still using me here on earth to build His kingdom. Princess, He is using you too. If you have a pulse, you have a purpose. Realize that all the sufferings of this present age is trivial in comparison to our eternal treasures that await (Romans 8:18 footnote KJV). Rise above, Princess, and remember the God you serve: the God who provides love (1 John 4:19), the God who provides refuge (psalm 46:1), the God who provides strength (2 corinthians 12:19), the God who provides peace (Philippians 4:7), the God who provides comfort (matthew 5:4), and the God who provides healing (psalm 147:3).The list continues.
Princess, you are a soldier. If God was with you in the meadow, why on earth would He let you stray in the storm? You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).
Bevere, L. (2016). Without Rival. Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison. Grand Rapids, MI.: Revell.
Holy Bible. Life in the Spirit Study Bible: KJV. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992;2003