Recently, God reminded me of a few things that I had forgotten about Him. You know the ones….They’re the ones that once reminded of them, make you think to yourself, “Why do I always seem to need this pointed out to me again?” After all, “I know these things!”
Yet the prompting can never come too soon; and always brings with it a renewed sense of closeness to Him that is always welcomed.
For me, it happened like this: I took a day off from work as I was feeling under the weather due to a sinus infection I was battling. I spent most of my awake time reading a book about an incredible woman of the Bible, Tamar. But, I was pretty zapped of energy so I set my book down and prepared to take a nap. Right before I settled in and closed my eyes, I spoke to God and said, “You know, it would be great if you would show up for me today, even if it’s while I’m sleeping.”
I’ll spare you all the things that had been heavy on my heart in the days prior to this day; but suffice it to say that I’d reached the point of needing some sort of acknowledgment that He was not just there; but that He was listening.
My request made, I dozed off. I’m not sure how long I was asleep before the dream happened; but boy did it “happen”, and this is it:
THE DREAM: I was seated in a booth at a restaurant. There was a window view at my booth which overlooked a canvas of green, plush grass and what appeared to be a beautiful courtyard area. There was someone seated across from me (my lunch date) Of course, as is the case in many of my dreams, my date’s face had no visible detail to it. The waiter, also faceless, was at the table ready to take our order.
Before I ordered, however, I turned to my left to look again at the incredible view. It was then that I realized there was a man sitting next to me in the booth. Like the others, he had no face, but I could see the contour of it and he had dark, short hair. He was dressed like a businessman with a crisp, white, long-sleeved button down shirt and I imagined, that had I looked beneath the booth, tailored pants and professional styled shoes would complete his attire.
I can still feel the startled sensation I had upon seeing him and the small jump I took in my seat as I said, “When did you get here??!! You weren’t here when I first sat down.” To this, the man replied, “I’ve been here the whole time, you just didn’t see me.”
Still in shock, I looked down only to find that my left thigh was ever so lightly on top of his right thigh. Embarrassed, I quickly apologized saying, “Oh, my gosh, I’m so sorry, let me move over. I am completely in your space!”. He calmly replied, “No, no, it’s okay, you’re fine.”
At this point, the man began to order and I began what I can only describe as transitioning into a half awake/half asleep state. Though, I was still dreaming, a conscious part of me knew for certain that God had answered my request and had “shown up”. Not only that, but by showing up as He did, He simultaneously confirmed He’d also been “listening”.
The last thing I recall before fully awakening, was that the man placed his lunch order. I didn’t hear the main item he ordered, but with it he requested a side of…”a golf course view” (Huh?? yes, I know- that’s what I thought).
I have no doubt whatsoever that the man in my dream was God and that this was a God moment. A God moment where He revealed at least 4 things to me: (1) He’s there, He’s listening even when I’m in questioning mode (2) I (you) can never be TOO CLOSE to Him. It’s not possible. Not only that, but He desires us to be “in His space”. (3) He reminded me that though He will speak to us directly, He also often speaks to us and/or reveals Himself through random daily encounters we have (from run in with strangers to dreams and everything else in between). To forget this, we risk missing much of what He is trying to convey and (4) Just as He requested His lunch with a view of the golf course, it’s okay to ask Him for what you wish. Others may be fine with an inside table; but if you desire more, ask. It’s the heart and motive behind the request that is important.
I am so thankful that our God, who shouldn’t need to prove He’s here, loves us so much that He still meets us where we are to remind us (over and over) that He is present and is everything He says He is. Amazing.
Jeremiah 29:12-13 ESV
Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.