Inspired by a prophetic dream I had May 17, 2016
“Floating icy slush instead of sea foam?” I think to myself baffled.
I stand on a beach boardwalk among other tourists. With astonishment I inspect the strange phenomenon at the water’s edge.
It seems . . . supernatural. This is no ordinary ocean! The regular rules of nature don’t apply here. I sense the water vibrating with life. It’s almost as if someone could just walk into it and something magical would happen. But as wondrous as it is, it’s the tip of the iceberg—for those who look on with me are merely at the shore’s edge.
The broad horizon before us–we all see it. There, the water is calm at its surface, but deep, mysterious and majestic beneath. Suddenly, all gasp; something surfaces—a MAMMOTH-SIZED cruise ship! Its nose comes up and out of the water like a whale coming up for air. All watch in terrified amazement at the awesome scene. The “beast” takes its time as more and more of its body reveals itself; it’s HUGE!
The whale of a ship frolics in the sun. Soon, it will plunge back down with might. But before it does, it’s as if the gargantuan ship calls to those of us shore-bound ones.
With explosive joy it bellows, “COME AWAY!”
It’s an invitation to go with the LORD into uncharted deep waters!
Can you hear Him calling to you?
When most go on a journey, we plan to the ‘T’. We ask ourselves important questions. Where we will stay? What type of transportation? What to eat and when? How much money to spend? Who to visit and what sights to see? What places to avoid because of danger? When shall we return home?
But to say ‘yes’ to boarding the GARGANTUAN diving cruise ship, one has no say regarding such things. None. Instead, one must put on a sense of adventure, abandon the shore’s solid ground and give up control. The rider must completely trust the Captain’s itinerary. The journeyer assents to go where He goes! And it may not be a physical place we’re speaking of. It could relate to matters of the heart, mind and spirit.
In the dream, I see a church leader friend. He’s one of the boldest, most devoted followers of Jesus I know. I’m surprised to see he’s run back a ways; for terror fills his eyes because of his awe of the GARGANTUAN ship. However, a wall stops him from running any further. He dares to peek back at the cruise ship. I’m reminded of the Prophet Isaiah’s understandable reaction when he encountered the Lord of hosts.
From Isaiah 6 (The Message):
“I said, Doom! It’s Doomsday! I’m as good as dead! Every word I’ve ever spoken is tainted— blasphemous even! And the people I live with talk the same way, using words that corrupt and desecrate. And here I’ve looked God in the face! The King! God-of-the-Angel-Armies!”
Would not any of us respond this way when faced with pure holy greatness? I’d keel over!
Many of us love Jesus for all He’s unselfishly done. He submitted to His Father’s plans to be sacrificed on a cross for our sins. Not only does that open up safe passage into Heaven one day, it floods us with great opportunity NOW to know Father, Son and Spirit INTIMATELY. Therefore, we may greatly desire to go wherever He leads. However, the spirit can be willing, but the flesh weak (Mark 13:34). Therefore, a certain amount of grace from the Lord is much needed to go DEEPER. For the Prophet Isaiah, grace came when an angel-seraph touched the prophet’s lips with a live coal.
‘Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.” And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”’ Isaiah 6:6-8 (ESV)
You see, after grace came, Isaiah was ready to go deliver any and all of the Lord’s messages.
In my dream, the wall behind my Christian friend symbolized a sort of grace. In his state of being overwhelmed by the hugeness of God, the wall braced him. It also “blocked” him from running away. For I know this hardcore-Jesus-follower would desire to board the ship.
How about you and me? Certainly, we’re blessed by the beauty viewed from the stable Christian shores of our spiritual walk. But who wishes for the extraordinary–the “more” of God? A verse comes to mind from Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP)
3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
IN CLOSING–We stand at the edge of this mystical sea. Some of us have ventured out a ways; and some more than others. But the DEEP DEEP! Do you hear the Lord calling to go further in? Even ALL the way in? Listen. Listen with the quietness you would if you held a sea shell to your ear.
Hear the whisper. Hear the roar. Spirit calls from Heaven to shore.
We love Him much. Do we want more? Hear Him knock at heart’s door,
“You, my Beloved, are My precious treasure.
Trust Me for a whale of an adventure!”
*The day after I had this dream, I came upon this news story: “Unwrapped: The Largest Cruise Ship in the World, End-to-end Taller than the Eiffel Tower.” Wow! The coincidence blew me away! I took it as confirmation to pursue the meaning contained in the dream.
Here’s the link to the article: http://bit.ly/290ca8o
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