A number of years ago the Lord gave me a dream.
In my dream I saw myself standing in front of many garbage cans. The cans were full of snakes——-stuffed to the brim with snakes!
Some of the snakes were cut in half and should have been dead but somehow kept coming back to life again. I was working very hard to push them back in the garbage cans and get the lids on, but somehow they kept getting out, and there was no END to all these snakes……..no matter how many I crammed in the cans, there were still more and more of them. Consequently, I was very frustrated and becoming tired of this disgusting activity. It was a seemingly hopeless endeavor…….I could never get rid of them or contain them! Then my attention was diverted in another direction.
I looked off into the distance and saw some people down at a beautiful river, which was glowing in the sunlight. They were standing in the pure, lovely water panning for gold and having a truly enjoyable time. They held up pieces of gold and called to me: “Hey, come down and join us; we’re panning for gold!” I thought to myself, “Oh, that sounds wonderful——much better than dealing with all these snakes!!” Soon I left the garbage cans behind and went down to the river, stepped into the water and started panning for gold with the others and found it to be a joyful, life-giving experience.
Lately the Lord has been bringing this dream to my attention at various times and I know He is saying to me again, “Forget the SNAKES! COME AND GET INTO MY RIVER!!! This is where I want you to be!”
It is so easy to see all the evils in the world, the problems, the inequities, the injustices and get riled up and frustrated and worried and angry about them. For instance, just lately my daughter-in-law told about their car getting broken into, and I was upset and angry that they had been robbed. My husband told about problems at work and I was frustrated with the unfairness and greediness there. The news media (as usual) tore down people’s reputations and ignored the wrongdoing of people they are trying to promote. “Unfair!” my thoughts scream in my head.
All of a sudden I see I have once again been tricked by the enemy to focus on the SNAKES (his evil deeds)!! Evil and sin and all the works of the devil will continue until Jesus comes and rules on this earth. I can become bogged down and heavy-hearted from now until eternity. This is exactly what the devil wants for my life and yours!
BUT GOD IS CALLING TO US: “Come and get in the river!! Come to the Waters of Life!!! You will find gold, rare jewels and treasures in abundance!”
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God”. (Psalms 46:4) “And HE showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal coming from the throne of God.” (Rev. 22:1) “And it will come about that every living creature which swarms in every place where the river goes will live.” (Ez. 47:9) “I will make them walk by streams of water, on a straight path in which they whall not stumble.” (Jer. 31:9) “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters!” (Isa. 55:1) “Whoso drinks of the waters that I shall give him shall never thirst.” (John 4:14)
God wants His people (you and I) to LIVE in the waters of life that are ever flowing out of His throne. Let’s seek to be there, to LIVE in those waters, beginning today! Tell the Lord, “Jesus, I desire to live in YOUR RIVER and I will seek YOU with all of my heart so I can fully experience that abundant life you have for me. Lead me to the river, and as I am in Your river, I will discover the eternal gold, the jewels and treasures and the beauty of YOU LORD!! Amen!!