I HAD A DREAM
I’ve never been one to put much stock in dreams. Yes, I believe in having goals and ambition, but dreams have always been sketchy to me. Maybe that’s because I’ve had so many meaningless dreams after eating some late night burgers. I had a dream a some years ago that has made me believe that not every dream is nonsense. In fact, some dreams can actually be God revealing things to you. Let me explain.
Sometime in 2007, I had a dream that was so real, overwhelming, and revealing all at the same time. It came during a season of my life where I kept asking God repeatedly “What’s Next?” I sincerely believe that night, God showed me and I was not ready for that revelation. In fact, it’s a dream that I am still trying to process and live out to this day.
In my dream, God took me to the top of a high cliff. He said, “Ok Son, so you really want to see what I’ve got ahead for you?” I said, “Yes sir.” He said, “Well step up here and you’ll see all the lives your ministry will touch in the future.” As I stepped up and looked out over this cliff, there were people as far as the eye could see. The number of men, women, boys and girls were way too many to count. Every race and seemingly every tribe were represented. God said, “Your ministry efforts will help bring family after family together for my glory.”
I clearly recall waking up around 2a.m. in the morning and sitting up in my bed in total shock. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. This dream was so real and far bigger than I could handle. I was overwhelmed by what God was telling me he wanted me to do. I’m thinking helping all those families at once is simply not possible. I cried, I prayed, and just tried to settle down after this revelation that felt so real at the time. I woke my wife up and attempted to explain to her the reason I was so upset and out of breath.
Well, I never forgot that dream of touching countless lives and seeing families brought together. I did wonder at times if that dream was just all in my head or was it God speaking to me. I believe now fully that it was God revealing things to come.
Since 2010, I’ve come alongside hundreds of families who are grieving and anticipating the loss of a loved one. I’ve had the fortune of leading many of them to Christ and helping their families come together.
On one occasion I was doing a funeral at a nearby town alongside another pastor. It was his turn to speak before me. At the moment I was sitting on stage waiting for my turn to share a few words. As I looked into the crowd of people a few of them really caught my eye. As I looked to the left of the church there on the front row were a few faces that I clearly recognized from my dream a few years before. I could not even tell you their names if you asked, but that doesn’t matter. These were some of the exact faces and folks that God revealed to me through that dream years ago.
For a moment, I thought I was dreaming as I was clearly looking at faces of people God showed me in a dream over four years prior. I found myself having to talk this over with the other pastor after the service. I felt as if I was looking at ghost men and women.
As I take time to think back on the countless families I’ve dealt with over the last few years alone and the families I will still deal with I can’t help but go back to that dream. At this point, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to come alongside a few hundred families. Many individuals have found Christ either in a home, funeral service, or church. God has opened the door for me to write articles that go out to thousands of readers on the internet and beyond. My online sermons have been listened to by thousands. And, God is presently flooding Refuge Church with countless unchurched families.
Maybe you call it just a dream, but I call it a revelation. I have learned that God does speak through dreams. And, when God says He is going to do something through you, He will do just that in whatever way He chooses. Just wake up each day, surrender to God’s will, and let him lead every step of the way. God will do through you way beyond what you can ever dream or imagine. I pray each of us will live out our God given dreams!
“In the last days,’ God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)
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