Before I became a Christ follower, I didn’t know what it meant to put God first instead of myself or others in my life. I was not in a great place although I hid it well. It makes me realize that we never know what someone else is going through and the battles they are fighting internally.
One night, during this time, I dreamed I was driving down the road where I grew up. I looked in the rearview mirror and saw a little girl sitting in the backseat. Just as we made eye contact, she stuck her tongue out at me. That little girl was me. She didn’t like me very much.
After becoming a Christ follower, I was sitting in prayer and quiet time with the Holy Spirit and was reminded of that dream. Just as quickly as that scene appeared, I was whisked away to one of my fondest childhood memories. Swinging on the front porch with my mom on a summer night, singing I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me.
I heard a voice ask me, “What would you tell her?”
My first reaction was to tell her, “Don’t do it!”
But just as I finished thinking those words, I had another thought. If I hadn’t gone through those tough life experiences, I wouldn’t be the person I am today; at least I wouldn’t appreciate what Christ did for me as much as I do now. Being in the valley for so long made me appreciate the mountaintop that much more. I use those experiences to share my story and help others who are where I was at that time in my life.
So, I told her this, “You will make mistakes, there will be heartache and pain, but you will persevere. YOU WILL PERSEVERE!”
I heard a whisper in my heart, “She likes you now. She is proud of who you have become.”
What a beautiful and sweet message from my Heavenly Father. I try to be mindful of thanking God every day for saving my life and changing my character.
“Always have something beautiful in sight, even if it’s just a daisy in a jelly glass.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT)