I had a vivid dream last Saturday that might be an encouragement to some. Angi and I were renting a house on the beach, and had our dogs and cat with us. Our kids and a few of their friends were staying in the house next door. Both buildings were raised on stilts.
Angi and I were a short distance away when the tsunami warning came. It was 2 feet high, and swept over everything, flooding any building on ground level. We fought to get back to our kids, but couldn’t get to the dogs and cat before the next tsunami came.
It was double the size, and caused massive damage, taking out most structures. We had barely recovered when the 10-foot one hit. It destroyed the house with our pets, and was about to sweep our daughter, son, and his wife away, who were standing outside glass doors on the balcony, looking for a way to rescue people.
In my heart/head I screamed, “NO!” Immediately a bubble of light surrounded them, which not only shielded them from the wave, it carried them to us through the glass without breaking it.
I was trying to figure out what had just happened when the 20-foot wave appeared on the horizon. I knew nothing could survive this one, and I covered my family as best I could, and prayed. In my heart, I heard God’s voice: “What happens next is up to you.”
For a moment I processed that with my fear, which accused me of causing all this, and failing to stop it. But as I gave the fear to God, I heard him again: “The key is in what just happened.” I knew he meant the bubble. But I also knew it wasn’t about finding the right words to pray for another. It was in the certain, unshakable love a father has for his children.
I let God’s love for me, my family, others, and even our pets overwhelm my fear, a more powerful wave than anything around us. I didn’t know what the outcome would be, but I was filled with confidence in his grace and goodness. I jumped into the water.
Immediately the dream reset, and I was on dry sand, standing in front of undamaged houses. On the horizon, the 2-foot wave was approaching. I smiled. In the certainty of his love, I said, “No,” and it disappeared.
“Jesus arose and commanded the wind to stop, and said to the sea, “Silence. Be still.” Immediately the wind ceased, and there was complete calm” (Mark 4:39).