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.
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