How To See Jesus In The Small Things
Within moments of waking up, an average person’s dream is forgotten in about ten minutes. You know how it goes. Sometimes, you wake up fresh out of a dream, feeling weird that it wasn’t actually real. Or maybe you wake up and think you didn’t have a single dream that night. In reality, you just forget them too quickly. And you know what also may put a chill down your spine? Every single face in your dreams is a face you have come across at some point in your life. You could see thousands of faces a day, which is why you may think your dreams are consisted of a bunch of randoms.
So if you thought that dreams are random and only happen every once in awhile, think again. If you thought everyone in them were just made up faces and coincidental, think again.
I recently had a dream where I was on a flight, not sure where to. You know how dreams go – you can never quite piece things together, you just have tiny memories of what happened. I remember being in the middle seat on the left side of the row. My dad was to the left of me, and a stranger was to the right of me. All of a sudden, the plane takes a nose dive, and I look out the window – we were heading straight into the ground. My dad squeezes my hand, and through my tears, I whisper one word: Jesus. I woke up immediately.
I know it was only a dream, but you would think proclaiming His name would have put peace over me. The next realization I had was absolutely terrifying.
What if? What if your life took a turn in the blink of an eye and you were face to face with death? I’m not trying to be morbid; I’m simply being practical. In my dream, I was face-to-face with death. And when I murmured the most comforting word of them all, Jesus, I had no confidence.
I had no confidence because I immediately realized that if my life ended right in that crash, what had I done to live for Him? I’m 20 years old. I feel so young, yet that’s a lot of time I will never, ever get back.
I find myself having the mentality that "oh, I’ll improve my relationship with God later." I’ll serve more people later on in life. My relationship may be rocky now, but I bet in like, eh, ten years it’ll be where I want it to be. Even to the smallest things like pushing off reading the bible until tomorrow.
I put together a few verses for when I have thoughts along these lines...
When I take a day for granted:
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring." Proverbs 27:1
When I realize I’m trying to push off strengthening my relationship with the Lord:
"For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it." Hebrews 12:11
When I find myself living not truly for Jesus:
"Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything." 1 Peter 4: 7-8
When I remember I need to find God now, and not in 10 years:
"That they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us." Acts 17:27
Dreams can be scary, but they can also be fascinating. The Lord finds a way to speak to us in so many ways, and a dream is just one of them. You may have a tiny realization, but you could also have a realization as shattering as mine. I have wasted a lot of time in my twenty yearsliving for me. It’s time to start not taking any of my days for granted. After all, we never know when our hour glasses will run out.
Annie // @anniemilbourn