A Dream of God’s Heart for Us

I have been so honored to be part of the team at Beloved Prodigal over this last year, and I have been amazed at the opening of my heart that God has brought through the connections given there. The ways that we have prayed for each other in the midst of our trials have been such a blessing.  Just a few weeks ago, I was overwhelmed by a word and by a dream the Lord gave to me, and I felt His nudging to share it here with you.

 

As my body had been trying to recover from months of side effects caused by failed medications, I heard the Lord whisper the word “cleanse” over me.

 

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 NIV

 

I sought to follow Him into that place of cleansing, and I allowed Him to slow my body even more than was normal. Eventually, as I spent a day in a physical cleanse, I offered my heart up to Him to cleanse it also, to wash away the debris that had accumulated.  As He indeed uncovered a rebelliousness that I had long clung to, I wanted to turn away.

 

“But Lord, I have needed to take care of so many issues. I have needed to shoulder a heavy load.” The tears ran down my face, even as I knew that HE wanted to carry the loads for me: He only was sufficient, and I had rebelled every time I tried to take responsibility. The fault for my illnesses and my failed medications were not mine to carry. I had shouldered that load long enough.

 

I had grown accustomed to carrying the “offense” of this disease as if it were my own burden. The nature of an autoimmune disease is such that one’s own body starts attacking itself, destroying its cells for reasons not fully understood. My own body was offended by me. I had carried a similar wound from past trials with the Body of Christ: I was the offensive one, who caused others to be offended. I had forgiven the Body of Christ for those labels, but I had allowed the name of “offensive” to stick.   I had shouldered that load long enough.

 

“Remember these things, Jacob,
    for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
    Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
    your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
    for I have redeemed you.”

23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you earth beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,
    you forests and all your trees,
for the Lord has redeemed Jacob,
    he displays his glory in Israel. Isaiah 44:21-23 NIV

 

I heard His gentle whisper to me:

 

“Come away with Me. I am not offended by your weaknesses. I am already here in the midst of them.”

 

Over the past many months, I had heard Him call to me again and again as the pain seemed to strike me down. Only His mercy carried me through the unrelenting waves.  Yet, this time in the calling there was more:

 

“Come see what I have prepared for you here. You are mine. Everything I have is yours!”

 

I was so sleepy after the day of cleansing. The call to rest in His presence overwhelmed me and I fell asleep. Suddenly I found myself dreaming.

 

She[a]

2 I am a rose[b] of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

He

Like a lily among thorns
is my darling among the young women.

She

Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Song of Songs 2:1-3 NIV

 

Beloved Prodigal 9.10.18.c

 

The sunrise shed a deep coral color upon a beautiful garden such as I had never seen before. Colors of every hue were shining along the path: my hands stroked the blooms as I wondered along. I noticed a sign over the entrance to the path, and it read: “The Beloved Prodigal Garden.”

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To read more about the dream and what the Lord spoke, please click here to join me over at Beloved Prodigal today, where I am honored to share once again.

 

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14 thoughts on “A Dream of God’s Heart for Us

  1. I was most struck by how you said you rebelled every time you tried to take responsibility. I just read another wonderfully edifying post at Karen Del Tatto’s blog about how worry is a control issue. Oh, I do believe God is surely trying to get something across to me in these two posts, as there are so many similarities that speak straight to my heart. You are such a dear blessing to me, and I am so thankful for your faithfulness during your fiery trials and how you share the wisdom with us. Sending much love and many blessings to you today!

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    1. Dear Cheryl,
      We have such a precious Lord! He is always calling us to rest more fully into Him, isn’t He? It seems that it is a lifelong process for some of us. I am so grateful that we can encourage each other throughout these days and seasons, my friend. You have been that for me as well, when the Lord has stirred through your sharing also. Oh, that we would lay our worries at His feet, and let Him show us how beautifully HE will carry the load for us. Much love, blessings, and hugs for you today also, Sweet Friend!

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  2. What a beautiful, encouraging dream God gave you, Bettie! It brings tears to my eyes. It awes me to think of how “Every trial that I had faced was part of the garden that my Lord was preparing. All the while that my flesh had been resisting His touch, He had been keeping my heart safe and enclosed.” I so need daily cleansing from the Living Water. I’ve been asking Him to expose and root out the hidden idols within my heart. My heart cried “Amen” to your prayer here. Thank you so much for sharing the hope we have in Jesus! Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Dear Trudy,
      I am so very thankful that Jesus gave you hope here today. His ways are so precious for us, and such a beautiful way of allowing us to be woven together on our journey. He has brought hope to me so often through your words! We all do need that encouragement daily, and His living water so much. Isn’t He so good to bring His life to us? Oh, may I continue to allow Him to bring His convictions to me, and to draw me deeper into His heart and beauty. Blessings, love, and hugs to you Dear Friend! xoxo

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    1. Amen! He does know so well what we truly need. You are so right that even a small effort, in obedience to the Lord’s call, will have a spiritual and emotional effect as well. Thank you for your visit and sweet comments here! Blessings to you!

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  3. Dear Bettie, this is a profoundly beautiful and deeply moving word. Thank you so much for sharing it! I’ve commented more at Beloved Prodigal. May God richly bless and reward His cherished daughter for her faithful obedience and surrendered heart. xox ❤

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    1. Dear Joy, Thank you so much for your sweet and supportive words that you always give to me. I am so very thankful for the ways that Jesus allowed us to share together with the Beloved Prodigal team. He truly has planted such seeds of beauty among us, as we all have walked in surrender before Him. Sending much love and hugs to you my friend! xoxo

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