I have a friend who was in the military, and saw some pretty bad stuff happen to people while he was serving. The result of this was that he doubted God’s existence. It was illogical to him that a loving God would allow the horrors he experienced to happen to innocent people. Those of us who haven’t been in his shoes probably can’t really understand how he felt, but I can guess that I wouldn’t want to have been in his shoes. Some years ago he decided that he didn’t believe in God any more, declared himself an atheist, and went on a crusade to prove that God doesn’t exist. He scoured the Bible and all kinds of religious teaching in search of arguments that would prove once and for all that God didn’t exist.
My friend is also a lucid dreamer and has suffered night terrors most of his life. He would be asleep in bed and dream that he was tied up and couldn’t get up. he would struggle and fight against the bonds and eventually wake up more exhausted than when he went to sleep. Then one night not long ago he was asleep dreaming and having the same dream, but this time was able to break the bonds and get out of bed. He was still asleep, and he began having an argument with someone about the whether the world was flat or round. He would drop things and try to prove that because the world was round they wouldn’t drop straight down. He even dropped a bowling ball out a second story window of his house trying to prove that it wouldn’t land straight down. All this while he was sleep.
Then finally, while still dreaming he remembered seeing the full moon from a vantage point in the southern tip of Chile while in the military. He remembered how it looked different than back home in upstate New York. The moon from the southern Hemisphere. It was upside down almost. At this realization the dream ended, he cried aloud, I’ve seen the truth, why have I doubted it? And the next immediate thought was “Isn’t that what you’ve done to Me?” (in doubting God’s existence). Overwhelmed my friend collapsed in sorrow and humiliation, realizing the truth and gravity of that thought. Not only did God exist, but He loved him so much that He would come to him and speak to him personally at just the right moment. God was willing to do whatever it took to break through to my friend.
Now, I am not going to tell you that my friend doesn’t still have things he needs to work through, he does, But now the process can begin, and God can start healing those wounds.
Here is an example of what God will do for us;
Psalm 34:17-20 “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them. He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;”
And finally, this is what Christ went through for us;
Isaiah 53:5 “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Jesus is the healer. He is healing me, and He can heal you. Talk to me if you want to know more.
Christina Anthony said:
thank you Tom, for sharing that story and the bible verses as well! I love the way God always seems to bring us the messages we need to hear… all we need to do first is listen and observe.
Ncom Christian Unity said:
great and timely article Tom!