I had a dream last night where I was driving in a van alongside a cliff, and suddenly lost control, rolled down the side of the mountain, hitting trees along the way, and screaming, “Jesus! God! Father! Keep me safe. Help me. Give me a soft landing!” As the van slid to a stop in a soft muddy pile, I was alive, barely bruised, and so incredibly thankful. I told someone that I called out to God to save me and give me a soft landing, and He did just that.
I woke up from the dream, felt my body just to make sure it was there, looked at my husband, and wiped a slight tear away. In the quiet aftermath of a loud dream, I soaked in what it meant, and silently praised the Lord for it. And then it hit me. The dream was so incredibly metaphoric of life.
We drive along, going about our usual way, when “BAM” the road gives way and we are just falling endlessly towards chaotic uncertainty. Bouncing violently through traumatic and difficult times, it is often uncertain where we will land. Our bodies scream out in pain, our minds are filled with terror, and our hearts anxiously await for the Lord to grab hold of us and softly place us back down on solid ground.
I thought about this dream all day. Ever since early childhood, I have always had very visual and sensory-filled dreams. Often, my dreams seem somewhat of the spiritual nature, or at least, a lesson of faith is learned from them. Some have been incredibly calming, while others have called into question where my faith really stands. Either way, I view them as a gift. This particular dream reminded me that, similar to the battered van, our bodies, minds, and hearts can get torn by what life throws at us. However, when life tosses us around, the Lord is capable of soothing our souls, carrying us through the storms, and giving us a soft landing.
Thank you, Jesus. Thank you.
Psalm 3:4 -I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
Psalm 34:17- When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Psalm 50:15- …call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.