The dream woke me up in the wee hours. I wasn't frightened. I knew the dream wasn't a foretelling. I knew right away that God was revealing another layer of healing He wanted to do in me to bring me into a greater measure of wholeness. In the dream, my husband and I had been promised a ministry position that was very promising. However, after we were in the position, we found that we had been deceived and that the pay was only fifty dollars a week. The dream continued on, I couldn't tell you the plot in story form, only that suddenly the next turn of events was a betrayal by someone we loved and trusted. When I woke up, memories of different times in our ministry where we were promised things that never happened and instances of betrayal came immediately to mind. Lying there in my bed before the sun was up, I knew exactly who God was pinpointing that I needed to forgive. The Lord then targeted some areas of fear in my life that He wanted to heal.
If you come here regularly, you may already know that I felt led by God to embrace the word listen as my word for 2016. My prayer has been that I will grow in listening to God's voice, heeding what He says, and obeying Him wholeheartedly. We're not even a full month into this listening journey, God and I, but He's already rocking my inner world. It's not as if the things He's been speaking to me about have been a surprise or that they are things I've been avoiding dealing with in the past. Rather, it's been as if He's taking me another layer deeper, like He's digging up some of the stubborn roots.
In the verse in the photo above, Jeremiah 7:23, it speaks to God's desire for us to listen and obey, but what stood out to me when I read this verse was God's desire for us to walk in the WHOLE way that He commands us. However, the meaning of the word whole that sprung up in my spirit wasn't the standard definition of entire, though we should certainly listen to and obey God entirely. What I felt that God was speaking to me was that He wants me, wants us, to walk in the whole way, as in undamaged, as in complete inner health and freedom. When we listen to and obey God's voice we are marked as His people. Shouldn't it stand to reason that He wants us to walk in WHOLENESS, that, as stated at the end of the verse, He desires it to be well with us? He desires it to be well within us, too. So, since I know that my Father has nothing but good intentions for me, I'm willing to listen and yield to His processes within. I'm ready to allow Him to get rid of those stubborn roots, even if He has to speak to me through a dream to do it.
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