When my brother and I were children, our family had a dog that showed us what unconditional love was all about. I dreamed about him last night.
The first frame of my dream showed our present day cat, Lily, twining around the legs of a medium sized brown dog. I saw the legs and then I saw the dog. It was Brownie! Immediately I felt as if I were a child again. I was so surprised and delighted that I threw my arms around him and cried. Pure love was coming from his warm, furry body while he just sat there.
I never quite realized before that Brownie was one of God’s chief representatives in our lives. Brownie never found any fault in us. He went everywhere we went and protected us every day of our lives. He was part of us.
Lately, I’ve been practicing hearing from God. Today I got a big surprise. I learned that I don’t have to be any more perfectly right with God in order to hear what he’s saying than I had to be to “earn” Brownie’s love. God isn’t going to criticize me. Right now I’m reading Mark Holloway’s book, The Freedom Diaries. Here’s what God told Mark.
“You have thought you had to be right with me to hear me speak. Haven’t you read the Bible? It’s a collection of stories about me turning up and talking clearly to people who are going about their lives without any more moral purity than anyone else around them. Moses, Gideon, Esther, Saul, Simon Peter, Isaiah.”
Talk away, Lord, I’m listening, and I’m loving what you’re saying. Thank you for the dream about Brownie that reminded me what it was like to have someone love me fully and unconditionally.
I’m getting new ideas for the Sunday School class, I know Bill is getting over his flu, and I’m not concerned about it. I’m learning more every day about the exciting plans God has for me. Life is fun. “I Just Feel Like Something Good is About to Happen.” Gaither song.
Read Isaiah 6:5 , Luke 5:8 to see what Isaiah and Simon Peter thought at first about hearing from God.
Find, The Freedom Diaries, by Mark Holloway and materials about dreams at: http://www.cwgministries.org/store/freedom-diaries