Beautiful Dreamer Part 2

In my last post I asked what y’all had been dreaming as we had been exploring the scriptural immediacy of Biblical God-given dreams.  In response,  I received this amazing story from readers Brad and Patti J. in Broomfield, Colorado.  They gave me permission to print this story which is really 2 Biblical dreams occurring 30 years apart.  It’s a little bit on the long side for a blog post but well worth the time!  Keep them coming!

An Amazing Day

When Patti said, “Brad, we need to keep our candles burning”, I thought she meant, “Stay awake– don’t drive off the road”.  It was late afternoon and we were on our way to York, England.  We were about to be shown something that would affect us – profoundly.

This day, which was April 29th, 2011, began by disembarking from a ship in the port city of Southampton.  As we left the city the day was cold and grey.  After one near miss to a parked car on the left and more than a few “curb bumps” which certainly kept Patti alert and distressed, I adjusted somewhat to driving on the left side of the road.  I told her that I wouldn’t even want to drive with me.  We ventured into an area of England called the Cotswolds, known for its charming and picturesque villages.  Our first stop brought us to a tea room with fruit scones and clotted cream.

The simplicity of a scone with clotted cream is one of those simple pleasures in life that we were meant to enjoy.  I’m sure scones with clotted cream do exist in heaven.   (but with no calories to worry about)

In this small village we stumbled on a very old Anglican Church where, after snapping pictures outside with the gravestones surrounding,we entered and were impressed with the antiquity and history within.  There were stones slabs lining the floor inscribed with the details of those who also lay beneath.

It’s kind of interesting that the dead in Christ (their bodies) were all around the church – outside and in, yet at this church there was also evidence that people were seeking and finding Christ.  There was spiritual life here.  In the back, on a bookshelf, there were available, multiple copies of “The Case For Christ” by Lee Stroble and “Alpha – Questions of Life“  by Nicky Gumbel – both classics that  help people understand just who Jesus Christ is and what it really means to be a Christian.  Before coming to England I was prepared to find little evidence of active Christian community – especially in out of the way places.  We talked to the caretaker who said that on Sundays, quite a group, from the very young to the very old, gathered for worship and that they were an evangelical church.

We moved on to Burton on the Water – a village where a calm, shallow stream about 50 feet wide meandered its way through with flowered trees growing on the banks.  The thing I liked about the stream was the ducks that were swimming in it.  I’ve never seen a more duck friendly stream.  It was so shallow that these mallards could stand up – mid-stream – if they so chose – and rest themselves (I think I saw one duck sleeping – mid stream).  I followed one drake that would swim against the current for a while – looking to the right and left for places to poke his bill – and then turn around and flow back downstream with the current – hardly flipping his feet below him.  It actually looked as if he was enjoying himself and not just foraging for food.

As we had been driving we would occasionally pass fields of yellow that appeared to be some sort of crop that we were unable to identify.  It was still a rather grey and cool day – and every time we passed one of these fields – they were so unique and such a contrast to everything else– that we would always try to take a picture.  There was never a place to pull off, so Patti would try to take the shot from the car window as we drove by.  We never really got a good picture.  The attempts to get a photograph were interrupted with the trees and hedgerows as we passed by.  We really wanted a picture of the yellow fields – now – but it was not yet to be.  These yellow fields were to become very meaningful later on.  At this point they were just very pretty yellow fields.

As we left Burton on the Water we were headed to another village by the name of Broadway.  I made a wrong turn on my way out of town.  As I tried to turn around – Patti noticed a small sign that said “Lambing Today” with an arrow pointing up another road to the lambing farm.  Patti really wanted to see what this was all about – so we took this different road.  On our way up this narrow road – on our left – through the hedgerow – a yellow field appeared.  This time it was different.  Right then the sun broke out through the clouds.  Amazingly, a car “turnout” also appeared on our left to pull into – right in front of this field.  The field of yellow became so bright that is almost strained our eyes.  This was finally the time to take the shot.  We stopped – Patti grabbed the camera – we got out and I jumped over a stone wall and stood in front of this field with my arms outstretched – and Patti took the picture.

 

We didn’t know it then but this field and the picture would have spiritual significance.

Later in the day, something that has been somewhat of a mystery to me for over 30 years was finally revealed.

We moved on from the lambing farm to Broadway – to more sights more scones and more coffee.

Our destination at the end of this day was to arrive in York.  We left the Cotswolds.  Late afternoon as I was pushing the speed limit with my driving skills steadily improving (just ask Patti) – Patti – out of the blue – said, “Brad, we need to keep our candles burning.”  As I wrote earlier, I thought she meant – “Stay awake – don’t drive off the road – I want to get to York alive.”  Not more than 5 to 10 seconds after she said this, on our left, in a large field of those same yellow flowers, there was a very large sign painted in red letters on a white background on the side of an 18 wheeler container shell that said, “Prepare to Meet the Lord” – and on the front it said, “Jesus is Lord”.  Here in England – of all places.  Patti and I both noticed this sign just as I was beginning to ask her what she meant when she said “we need to keep our candles burning.”  I found out that Patti had been having an internal conversation and time of prayer with the Lord.  She had been thinking of the recent tornadoes in Alabama and the earthquake in Japan and all the disasters happening worldwide.  She had been asking the Lord when He would return.  In this context, she was also thinking of the scripture in Matthew 25 about the 10 virgins and their oil lamps.  Five were prepared to go out and meet the Bridegroom with the oil in their lamps ready to light and five were not.  This is when she said, “Brad, we need to keep out candles burning”.  We then get this literal sign from the Lord about preparing to meet Him.  We both instantly saw the connection and were saying “whoa” and “wow” and we had goose bumps.  It then went a step further when a dream that I had over 30 years earlier immediately popped into my mind.

In the late 70’s I had a vivid dream in which I was riding (not driving) in an open air jeep with a man who was really not a man but an angelic presence.  We were driving by a field of grain, late in the day, – very fast – and I thought it was beautiful and very important that we stop and take a picture of it.  The angel said “No – not yet”.  We kept driving and I asked again and said that it was important that I take a picture of this scene.  The angel again said, “No, not yet, it’s not time.”  What I remember is that there was a sense of urgency about it all.  As we were driving, the sun was setting and soon I wouldn’t be able to take a picture.  What I noticed is that as the sun was setting it was very large and red and it was quickly getting dark.  The sun seemed to be so low to the earth that it was touching it.   As I watched this scene it’s as if I was looking at the sun through the field (through the stalks of grain).  I also noticed that the grain was bending over because it was heavy with fruit.  I never took a picture.  The dream ended abruptly when another scene intruded – a distracting temptation.  This caused me to wake up and then I wrote it all down.  I’ve never had another powerful dream of this nature since.  Over the years, as I’ve reflected on this, I’ve thought of the bending grain as fruitfulness and worship.  The dream had had an end times feel about it.  The abrupt waking was caused by a distracting temptation of the flesh. The setting sun and the urgency and the inability to take a picture had always puzzled me – until April 29, 2011.

We arrived at our Bed and Breakfast in York.  The next morning I asked the proprietor if he knew what the yellow fields were.  He said rape seed.  I asked what it was used for.  He said for oil – for cooking and fuel.  Later on I found out that this was the plant from which canola oil is harvested.  There are 5 stages in its growth cycle.  The flower stage is the 4th stage right before the flowers fall off and the seed pods develop after which it is harvested.  The Lord knows that a brown field of seed pods would not have attracted our attention.  From this point in our trip to our coming home, it seemed as if we were experiencing a living parable.  Symbolism can be found in many events if you look for it, but in this situation, we didn’t need to look for the symbolism – we were tripping over it and it bubbled up everywhere we turned.  We would wake up and see something new almost every day.

 

The Symbolism Revealed:

  • Oil  – In the Old and New Testaments, oil is a symbol of God’s Holy Spirit.  The oil represents His presence in our lives.  It also represents His anointing and empowering to do what He wants us to do.  Five of the ten virgins were prepared to meet the bridegroom because they made sure they had oil.  Having oil, they lit their lamps.  Without the fuel there is no flame.
  • The Lamb – This story is really all about the Lamb – The Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  It starts with the harmless, innocent lamb coming into the world at his mother’s side.  The story continues as this perfectly innocent lamb is willingly led away to give its life as a sacrifice for others.

Revelation 5:12  “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

The story culminates in the marriage feast of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”

  • 10 Virgins – The day after we arrived in York – we took a trip to Leeds, where our niece is a nun in the convent of the order of the “Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal”.  These sisters and a priest (father Thomas) were the first people we told our story to – about the fields and taking the picture and the sign about preparing to meet the Lord and the scripture about the 10 virgins – 5 of which had oil in their lamps.  I really am a bit dull at times (slow on the pick up) – but a few days later I realized that these sisters we had a short but wonderful time sharing with, were right out of the parable of the 10 virgins.  Not only this – but notice in the picture – there were only 5 sisters that we met with.

 

They are living representatives of this parable – the five who were ready with their oil.  They truly had oil in their lamps and their lamps were burning.  Their order devotes itself to feeding and helping the poor.  One of their vows is chastity.  As you can see, the joy of serving their Lord is written on their faces.

 

  • The FieldsMatthew 9:37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”  In my dream of 30 years ago, the field was a picture of the fruitfulness of the believers.  The sun was coming to earth and the believers (the church) were ready to meet the (Son).  The stalks were so full of grain that they were bent over (representing bowing in worship).
  •  I was able to see the fruitfulness only because the light of the sun illuminated the grain from behind.  It is as if we can only see true light in His light.  The fruit on the grain exists only because the Holy Spirit lives and burns as holy oil in the life of each believer.  The secret to fruitfulness for our Lord is when we understand that the field which produces oil must be harvested – in each of our lives.  Without oil there is no light (or burning).  The field of yellow flowers that we took a picture of represents a field of potential oil that is available to every believer.   Timing is very important.  When the sun broke out we took the picture – now is the time and today is the day.  (By the way, this field of rape seed {to make canola oil} is in the Mustard Family! – you know, “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed…”) – Like I said we were stumbling over the symbolism.

The scripture that comes to mind is: Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

 

  • The Black Flies – Remember the field of yellow oil producing crop we finally took a picture of?  I don’t know if you noticed in the picture all the black flies – really quite annoying – as they were all around me.  The interesting thing is that they never once landed on me.  I enlarged a section of the earlier picture.  I believe the black flies represent the obstacles we are continually faced with as we “prepare to meet the Lord”.

It was like that distracting part of my dream (the temptation of the flesh) that woke me up.  We all have various temptations and trials that we face that, if we’re not on the alert, they will distract us and even trip us up at times.

Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  These black flies can also represent the attacks of the evil one that come against all of His saints.  The good news is that we are protected and delivered from the enemy – we are God’s people – we are in Christ – a refuge from the enemy.

  • The Royal Wedding – The symbol that startled us the most was when we realized that these events occurred on the day of the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton – April 29th.  All of England was celebrating.  Flags and pictures of the couple were set out everywhere.  Everyone was talking about it – from the pubs to the cathedrals.  The church that we first went into, that I mentioned earlier, had a table

with a cake set outand rows of chairs to celebrate – the marriage feast.

All the women were talking about the dress Kate wore.  The news programs were predicting that 1-3 billion people would tune in to watch or listen to the wedding.

 

This seemed to focus our day.

There is soon to be a Royal Wedding where the Church is the Bride and the King of Kings is the Groom.  As Christians, we are getting ready to meet our King – the Lord.  All the world will witness the Lords return.

 

Every knee will bow and tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

When our Lord returns He will take His bride (the church) with Him and there will be a marriage feast – spoken of in the book of Revelation.

There will be no more sin and sorrow, the enemy will be defeated and even death will be destroyed.

The Lord showed us a sign of His cross over Saint Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Revelation 19:7-9  7 “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write:`Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

The Lamb is the Lion – Revelation 5: 5,6 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

  • The Enemy is Vanquished – A few days after the royal wedding, Osama Ben Laden was killed.  It’s ironic that he would call America the “Great Satan” when he himself embodied the lying and the murdering that our great enemy – Satan – has always stood for.  He represented a symbol of the enemy being defeated.

 

Revelation 12:9, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”

The Lord’s Message – summarized:

Oil is a symbol for the Holy Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments.  Simply stated, we are to have oil in our lamps and be prepared to go out and meet our Lord (the Bridegroom).              “Prepare to Meet the Lord”.   When Patti was praying, there was a sense of imminence.  Prepare!  He is coming soon!  This message is for believers in Christ.  There are many who name the name of Christ – but they lack oil.  They may not lack salvation but they lack the empowering of His Holy Spirit.  Some may have oil in their lamps but there is no fire burning.  We need to shake off the darkness and slumber, and simply do what He asks.   If we love Him we will do what He asks of us.  He is coming very soon and we must prepare to meet Him.  Renew our vows to Him and return to our first love when our hearts yearned and burned for His presence.

The message is also for non- believers to “get right with God” before Christ returns.  One of the Bible words for this is that we need to be “reconciled” to God because our sin has separated us from Him.  One common denominator that unites all of us is that we have all fallen short of meeting God’s perfect standard of “right living”.  In other words, we have all sinned and need to be forgiven.  It is not a matter of hoping that our good deeds will outweigh our bad deeds  at the end of life with the result being that we’ll “make it to a better place”.  Unfortunately for those who think this way, God’s passing grade is 100%.  Certainly some score higher than others – but no one scores 100%  —  Except Jesus.  The good news for all of us who know we have failed and come short of His standard – is that there is One who did not fail.  Jesus Christ lived a fully human life, tempted in every way just as we are – yet He never sinned.   And the very good news is that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.   Don’t put this off – simply call out to Him and He will save you.  This is the message of Jesus dying on the cross.  He died that we could be forgiven and freed from the consequences of sin and death.  The literal sign that Patti and I saw also said “Jesus is Lord”.  It did not say “Buddah is Lord” or “Allah is Lord” or “Krishna is Lord” but “Jesus is Lord”.  Jesus Himself said it when He stated, “I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.

Acts 4:12 states, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

So, the message is, “If you don’t know who the true Lord is, come to Him – Jesus – that you may know Him and find life in Him – eternal life.  Because of His great love for all people, He has provided Himself as the way to life.  Simply put your trust in what has been written:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

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5 Responses to Beautiful Dreamer Part 2

  1. jinnifer says:

    great story

    • misssally65@gmail.com says:

      Thanks for dropping by! So sorry that you won’t be able to come next week.
      Hope that you will follow along and chime in from time to time.

  2. Beth Middleton says:

    What a wonderful, wonderful story! I can always tell when God is using me — when His Holy Spirit is at work — All the dots connect!

  3. Sue Tilley says:

    Your blog is truly a blessing to me. I look forward to each of your entries.

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