Psalm 18:16 – 17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”
I am in a darkened room like an old warehouse with only a few overhead lights. The rest of the room is in darkness. I stand under one of the lights. A small dragon like creature is in front of me with spikes all over its body, its claws long and sharp, its face looks hungry and mean showing no mercy but rather looking to maim and kill. The creature starts circling me, growling and baring its teeth. It launches itself at me digging its claw deep into the flesh of my arm. I cry out to Jesus to help me. Jesus comes out of the darkness and touches my arm, it heals instantly then Jesus moves back into the darkness. The creature starts circling angrier than before. I tremble under its watchfulness. I yell to Jesus, needing Him very much right now. Jesus comes out of the shadowy darkness just in time to shield me from the creature’s fiery breath. I began to cry, Jesus lifted me up into His arms and said to the ugly creature “stay away from my darling” and the creature fled. Jesus held me as I continued to cry speaking lovingly to me “it is alright my darling I am here”… Jesus carries me to a hilly, grassy paddock; it is a clear night, we can see so many stars. Jesus lies down with me in His arms and I fall asleep at His reassurance “sleep now my darling.”
I journaled this picture Jesus gave me recently when I was feeling particularly bruised by life. Through it Jesus whispered His reassurances that are meant for you too:
No matter what I face in life Jesus will hold me close
Jesus has my back and will help me fight
Jesus loves me very much
Despite the darkness (whatever that may be) light always shines bright
Jesus will carry me through to a new season
Jesus cares for me
I don’t know what you are going through right now but I know that Jesus will never let you go. It’s ok to admit it hurts and to let the tears fall. I want to encourage you to not lose hope despite your current circumstances.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.”
The stormy season you are in may be rough, raw and stingingly close to your heart. Hold on, in the darkest of nights the stars still shine and after a storm comes a rainbow.