Walking in Faith

The 13th of October 2014 I had a remarkable dream illustrating a vital principle. The dream came in a period when fear, doubt and logic reasoning knocked on my door, presenting solid “reasons” for me to be afraid and withdraw from my calling.

I started thinking that putting all my trust in God, and believing that He would miraculously save me from all kinds of plagues and disasters …well isn’t that quite extreme? Like the wishful thinking of a daydreamer that really needs to wake up and face “reality”. I didn’t want to be foolish and irresponsible, or crushed by reality because I had let go of logic and walked into danger with no concern. I mean, after all, how can we really know that we can trust God?

Being bombarded by these kinds of questions, I went to sleep and had the following dream. I saw a young woman, walking on a narrow, winding road that coiled itself up a steep mountain. The road was cut out in the mountain side with steep cliffs on the sides. A concrete edge or “fence” protected the road, but it was only about 40 cm high so I wouldn’t stop anyone from falling. So it was definately not the safest road and the woman could easily stumble and fall over the edge.

Walking carefully, as far away from the edge as possible, was the natural and safe thing to do, but what the woman did truely amazed me.

It was as if she was blind-folded, walking without seeing, and she didn’t mind her circumstances at all. Instead of focusing on the dangers around here, she kept looking up into the air. With her head bent backwards, facing up towards the sky, she walked fearlessly, even rejoicing. She was completely consumed by whatever she saw up there.

She wasn’t at all restrained by her circumstances, and jumped around freely with complete confidence and trust. It was as if she didn’t even know the dangers, and was kept safe as long as she looked at the heavens. She walked in blind faith.

At one point she literally stood on the concrete “fence”, on the very edge of a steep cliff, only inches away from a certain death. I trembled and held my breath in the dream, but she wasn’t the least concerned. At this point I thought to myself that I had to get rid of this crazy girl that obviously was completely out of her mind. But at the same time I noticed that somehow miraculously she never fell, crashed into anything or stumbled in any way. She never took a wrong step, as if she was indeed protected by the heavens.

I woke up and realised that I’d seen the woman of faith in me, and I’d seen her through the eyes and fear and the logic mind. I felt so free throughout the day, as if walking on clouds, completely deliberated from the crippling feeling of fear. I knew with certainty that I was, and we all are, safe and protected, even in the midst of great danger, as long as we keep our eyes on God and trust Him.

My refuge and my fortress (Psalm 91)

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror at night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plagues that destroy at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all ways, they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra, you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him, I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him, I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

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