For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears… Job 33:14-16a (NLT)
He was going through a rough patch, tougher than anything he had ever experienced. Not only was he physically exhausted, but he felt emotionally and spiritually drained. His spiritual friends were encouraging him to hold on to God, waiting for his intervention. That was part of the problem. He was so depleted; there was no longer strength in him to hold on. He collapsed in his chair and closed his eyes.
As he drifted, he saw himself climbing a steep mountain. It seemed to be made of granite, and he knew if he stopped climbing, he would fall into the sheer chasm below. The more he climbed the more his small reserve of strength ebbed from his weakened body. Finally, he reached a plateau that offered respite.
He reflected on how his friends and family had hailed him through the years as the strong, persistent leader who never quit, who never gave up. And here he was on the climb of his life, unable to see the mountain’s peak yet knowing that stopping would be fatal.
In the midst of his painful reflections, he heard a thundering sound, and to his horror, he saw a great herd of Clydesdale horses stampeding toward him. “This is the end,” he thought. “Perhaps this is the peace that I’ve been craving.” But still there was fear as the monstrous animals grew nearer with each second.
Finally, the leader of the herd galloped toward him and began lowering himself over his trembling body. “I’ll be crushed,” he thought. And suddenly, he cried out, “Oh, Jesus.”
The horse stopped abruptly and began to speak, “What did you say?” he asked.
“Jesus,” the man repeated.
“Oh, my precious Jesus,” was the response. “Climb on my back, and I’ll carry you over these mountains.”
He awoke, knowing that he had been dreaming. Even so, he knew it was true and could trust his Father to provide a way over the mountains.
Father, as I’ve watched my friend, I’ve learned that you do provide whatever we need for any occasion, no matter how difficult. You have been faithful. Cause us to glorify you in hard times by trusting you to make a way. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
* I have personal knowledge of this happening and know it to be true.