I had a dream this morning.
I was sitting on a beautiful sunny beach with very saturated beach colors. There was a row of woman lined up sitting facing the ocean. I only knew one of them who is sitting to my right, a friend of mine who is a person that is clearly and unashamedly very close and wonderfully personal with Jesus.
We had various things scattered around us. Things like a bible, what I think was a tape recorder and several other valuable things that we must have been using for this beach meeting.
We were sitting and talking about God, it felt like a time of laid back teaching. Of listening and sharing. My friend was leading us.
Then a big wave came and swept all of our valuable things into the ocean. I was mortified. All of the others girls got up without a word and started out towards the stuff, swimming and plunging under the water...popping back up with a bible, a thingamabob, etc. There was even a bull mastiff dog who ran out to retrieve something and I see him dog paddling pack with it in his mouth. They weren't frantic or anxious, they actually seemed to be having a really great time doing it. And there were these other people on a board walk or deck behind us shouting encouragements at them. A girl would splash out of the water with an item and someone would yell "Hooray!! You did it!" and they would all clap and laugh happily.
Meanwhile I'm still planted on the sand,stunned next to my friend. She is just sitting there, her feet dug into the sand, knees pulled up so her hands can rest on them. She has a serene smile on her face. She is watching the girls (and dog) in the water with more peace in her being and on her face then I have ever actually seen in real life.
I am curious about the whole situation. But mostly I am impressed by my friend. I say to her "Look at what you are capable of. People will spend time and money- follow you to an exotic beach, not to vacation but to talk about God, to study His word together." I was thinking more things like "and you don't get upset when all your stuff is swept away, and you have all this beautiful confidence that seems so fearless..." but I didn't say them to her, although I sensed she knew what I was thinking.
She turned her face to me and with the most loving expression and tone said, "Candis, what is it that you want?"
and my phone beeped and woke me up.I woke up this morning and thought to myself, "what a lovely morning to lay in bed and talk to God." So I laid there with the intention of doing that. And of course, fell asleep. While I was sleeping I had this dream. It wasn't until I was in the shower that I realized my intention was to talk with God, and that maybe I actually had.