Through the River

One night as I was fast asleep, I had an extraordinary dream.  In this dream, I was walking down a long hill that was covered with bright green grass.  Looking further ahead, I could see that I was gradually approaching a river.  I began to slow down until I came to a complete stop.  There in front of me was a very powerful freshwater river.  Looking to my left, and to my right, it stretched as far as I could see both ways.  The mighty white water rushed past me with such force, I felt like it was lightly pulling me into it.  With an overwhelming sense of danger, I braced myself as I stood there.

The situation began to seem hopeless to me because I knew that I had to cross this river.  Right then, someone walked up from behind, put their arms around me, and firmly held me.  I was even more surprised when this individual began to move forward, closer and closer to the edge of the river.  Just as I was going over the edge, I stiffened my whole body as tightly as I could.  My only thought was, “when we hit this water, we’re one!”

Instantly, I felt the cold water powerfully rush around me.  Amazingly, I was not moved!  We were in this mighty current, but we had not even moved one inch downstream.  I wondered, “how can this be?”

My thoughts were interrupted as I felt myself moving forward again.  I was being taken out toward the middle of this river.  The person behind me was never thrown off balance by the might water, and not once did I sense any struggle as I was effortlessly carried.  “Who was this?” I thought.

My back was against the person’s chest, so I couldn’t turn my whole body around to see them.  My curiosity had overwhelmed me.  I just had to know who this was!  Turning my head to the right as far as I could, I saw a man with brown hair out of the corner of my eye.  He had such a gentle, yet confident expression on his face.  Instantly, I knew who he was.  Jesus was carrying me!

Realizing this awesome truth, I completely rested in his embrace.  I was filled with assurance that I could trust in the one who was holding me.  All of the anxiety that I had felt up until now quickly left me.

Reaching the middle of this river, he turned left and took me upstream.  I could feel the pressure of the oncoming water as it swiftly ran against me, but I continued to move steadily forward.  After going upstream for a little while, he turned right and took me to the other side.  I was where I had so longed to be now.

Then…I awoke.

Thinking on this remarkable dream and the profound spiritual truths it held, this wonderful verse from the Holy Bible was brought to my remembrance: “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you…” Isaiah 43.2b

by New-G-5:17