Have you ever had a dream that was so real it took you awhile to realize that it was just a dream?
I did just the other night. In fact, I had a very vivid dream that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. I don’t typically remember my dreams, but this one was hard to forget. I realize it might seem kind of weird that I’m talking about a dream in my blog. I mean, it is just a dream, and aren’t most dreams kind of wacky?
There was something different about this one, though.
Erik was in this dream. I rarely dream about him, but each time I do it’s a gift because for a few minutes I am with him again. (I know, you think I’m crazy, but for those who have lost someone you love, getting to have a few seconds with your loved one, even in a dream, is a gift.)
We were sitting together talking. The scene was heaven, although all I saw is Erik. In fact, I couldn’t even tell you anything descriptively about heaven because the focus of the dream was the content of our conversation.
Erik was sharing his viewpoint of the trials and struggles that he had on earth from the vantage point of being in heaven. He talked about how all the trials that made life really hard were over for him. While on earth, the struggles seemed like they would never end, but now from his viewpoint he could see that they were temporary. They were over.
It was almost like a pep talk for me. “Kel, keep running the race (as it talks about in 1 Corinthians 9:24 relating the Christian life to that of a race), keep trusting God, keep fixing your eyes on Him because heaven is a reality and one day you are going to be here. I know the trials of life seem endless, but one day you aren’t going to struggle anymore, too.”
What a great reminder for me, for us all.