Last night I had a dream.
In my dream I was thrust into the ugly, cold, dull-green waters of a lake. There was darkness all around when reality replaced shock and I was paralyzed for an instant. I. felt cold waters begin to wrap me in their tentacles as surely as a spider must bundle her prey. Knowing that I had precious little time to escape, I began fighting. I kicked my legs and tried by sheer energy and determination to get to the top but it seemed I was only going deeper. Exhausted and scared beyond belief I finally started looking for where the light was and began focusing on the light as I swam slowly upward.
It was not until then that I discovered I had a life jacket on. By now my energy was mostly spent and I stopped fighting. As I trusted the life jacket to do it’s job I began ascending more rapidly but I was almost out of air. My husband Dan swim downward in a panic and passed within a foot of where I was been but I didn’t have the strength to touch him as he swished by. “Whether I make it or whether I don’t,” I prayed “I will put my trust in thee God, either way.
As I slowly floated upward memories of family members began filtering through my heart and my tears mingled with the apathetic, cloudy waters of the lake.
Then suddenly and completely I surfaced. My lungs burned, my limbs shook and I was nearly frozen but I was alive because I finally stopped fighting what is and began trusting in the life jacket of God’s care and love. It was God’s power and my trust that allowed me to ascend to the light.
My dream ended.
I awoke gasping for air and sat up in my bed feeling very grateful to be alive. I then began asking what this had to do with real life. I don’t know about you, but I didn’t have too far to look to find that progress will come only when I am willing to “let Go and let God” help me in matters of parenting, the financial crisis the country is in, headaches and other things. It brought a calmness to my thoughts and a deeper trust to my heart. I hope it helps you in the same way.
I’d love to hear your stories and experiences about the power of trust in crisis as well.