This morning, around 5am, I woke up from a dream, and this is how it went…
My family and I were at a theme park which had some interesting rides. There was this one ride that was built like a race track where you ride in car type frame with two wheels, much like a bike. Or it may have been a car that turned into a bike. In dreams, stuff like this happens to me all the time. I’ll be first dreaming I’m riding in a car, then next thing you know I’m riding on a bike, followed by me walking down a road. Very weird. Anyways, my oldest child is on this ride with me and we are going fast. Real fast. I’m in the drivers seat and she’s just to the right of me. “Slow down Dad!” We steam around this corner and it almost felt like I should have slowed down with all the fake theme park houses along the side of the road. We don’t want to hit those. But we kept going fast through this track, both of us – on this car bike (its starting to become a bike I think.) We get near the end, and something at the end is what I call the grand finale jump. You ramp up this thing while keeping your wheels inside these tracks, you take some air and then you land perfectly. No matter who you are, you always land perfectly. It’s so cool. The ramp was designed this way, so if you’re big small, you ride well – or not so well, it works perfectly every time! So I’m approaching this ramp at lightning speed and now she’s screaming DAD!!! no no no no no! That way! There’s another way to exit the ride other than the grand finale ramp. So on impulse listening to the fear in her voice, I take it.
As we get off the bike at the end I say to her you must try it, its awesome, it such a thrill, you’ll love it. She answers, “no, I don’t think so”. I reply, “you must at least see how it works.” I ask some of the other kids there, do any of you want to do it. One kid says, “I’ll do it!” I say great, then I turn back to my kid and say “lets watch this kid, you love this”. So he takes the bike and begins to peddle away to a starting point. Then a couple people walk up to the front of the ride and start presenting it to the people around. I take a seat, there are chairs there now. My dad is sitting beside me. I lean over to tell him, “this kids going to do the grand finale jump. Its going to be cool.” So he and I sit there listening to the lady start to talk about this ride, followed by the designer of the jump. He’s kind of a funny guy, he goes into how he came up with the idea of the grand finale jump. Then, finally they complete their presentation and say, “now this kid is going to demonstrate the jump”. Its the same kid from earlier. Alright! Finally its going to happen, we’re going to see a little action. I look around, my oldest is now gone. “Where’d she go?” I ask. I begin looking for her – “she needs to see this”, I say over and over. Where is she? I’m becoming a little worried that she’ll miss it. Where is she, where is she? Then I see my oldest sister. I walk up to her and tell her, “I can’t find her, she’s going to miss the jump” “Where is she?” Then my sister puts her hand on my shoulder, looks in my worried eyes and calmly says, “There will be tomorrow.”
Do you know someone that may be struggling in their faith, perhaps a child of yours, or a friend? Have you ever asked, “What can I do about it?” Here are some scriptures I’ve found encouraging.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.