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During the overnight hours, in those few moments when I actually slept, I dreamt of so many different situations all in one dream. I think I’ll just tell the dream, then break it down as I have felt so to do within my spirit.
My dream started with me searching high and low for Jackson. He had been with me at the grocery store and then he was not with me. I searched and searched and could not find him anywhere. All of a sudden, he shows up out of nowhere holding on to the hand of a man wheeling beside him in a wheelchair. My first inclination was to hug Jackson tight to me again because I lost him. But, then, I remembered he had wandered off, and I started yelling at him, “Jackson, how could you have done such a careless thing and wandered off like that!? You could have been hurt!! What were you thinking!?” Jackson very calmly proclaimed to me, “Mom, we are told to be servants to all. I saw this man in a wheelchair trying to reach some groceries on a tall shelf. No one was stopping to help him, so I helped him. I asked him if he knew Yeshua as his Savior. He did not, so I bought him a burger and, while he ate, I talked.”
Then, my dream switched to a different setting, and I was at a restaurant speaking to a group of people, all of whom were known to be hardcore sinners or people who had lost their way … a few prostitutes, people of many occultic religions, a man so strung out on drugs that he was popping a needle in his arm as I was speaking, and several others. Afterward, as I was paying the bill for the food and drink that was consumed while I was speaking, a really well-known and famous televangelist, Joyce Meyer (How she popped into my dream, I don’t know … I have a theory, though.), and she asked me how I could stand there and speak words of forgiveness, grace, love, and mercy of a forgiving and loving Elohim when those people were sinning right in front of my very eyes.
Then, my dream switched again to a different scene. I was on a farm, working the land with Mark, Jackson, and Alana. We were all four planting in so many different ways and I wondered how we would be able to produce a fruitful crop because we were not working together. I was just scattering the yellow squash seed everywhere, not bothering to prepare the dirt at all; I just wanted to get back to doing what I wanted to do. Mark wasn’t faring any better. His seed was going into the dirt; but, Mark was not picking up the rocks that were in the way. “Mark,” I said, “those rocks are gonna wreak havoc on the tractors laters.” Mark replied, “I don’t care. I still have enough daylight to go fishing.” Jackson was having better luck with his yellow squash seeds. Jackson’s seeds were being driven deep into some rich dirt; but, he still wasn’t picking up any weeds that were in his way. “Jackson,” I said, “You have to get those weeds out of the way.” Jackson replied, “Well, at least I got my seeds into the dirt, your seeds will be gone by tomorrow. Plus, my plants will grow around the weeds.” Alana was feverishly working on her row of dirt. She had a hoe and a shovel, she wore gloves so the weeds wouldn’t make her hands raw. She was dirty from head to foot. When I, Mark, and Jackson were finished and ready to go play and do our own things, she was still working with weeds and rocks. “Alana,” I said, “Come on, let’s go. You can finish this tomorrow or another day.” Alana replied, “Not yet. I’m still working. Or should I say, playing. I’ve never had so much fun with dirt in all my life.”
Another scene opened in my dream. This time, we were at an amusement park, and for some reason, no cook for all the park showed up for work that day. There was no food at all! It didn’t matter to the people, they were there to ride the rides and have fun, with or without food. I was walking around the park, wondering if I could get people to donate enough money to at least hire out a nearby fast food joint when a couple of kids got off the ferris wheel, and one said to the other, “Man, that was a wild ride.” The other said, “Yeah, and the food was great!” I asked, “What food? There’s no food in this entire park!” The kid replied, “We get to eat a sandwich after we get off the ride. It’s not a very big sandwich, just a couple of bites really; but, I’m so full. It feels like I ate a seven-course meal.” I walked all over that park, seeking out the maker of the sandwiches; but, without luck. I asked a few of the ride supervisors where they were getting the food; one guy told me, “I don’t know. More people get off the ride, and the sandwiches are just there.”
Something woke me up at this point; I don’t know what. Maybe it was just time for me to get up; although, it was still dark outside, and, then, I did fall back asleep … with no further dreams.
Working Through the Dream
I woke up this morning, at around 7:00 a.m. I got the coffee going, took a shower, fed the cat, fed the dog, fed the fish, set the kids’ medicine out, reset the Jetpack, made me a cup of coffee, made Mark a cup of coffee, and sat down to contemplate my dream. Two words seemed to glare at my mind, much like a neon sign that blinks on then blinks off then blinks on, off, on, off, on, off, on …
Ur/Luqas (Luke) 2:48-49--”When they saw Him, they were astonished, and His mother said to Him, ‘Son, why have you treated us this way? Behold, your father and I were anxiously looking for you.’ He said to them, ‘Why were you looking for Me? Didn’t you know that I must be in My Abba’s house?’”
Ur/Luqas 5:29-31--”Levi made a great feast for Him in his house. There was a great crowd of tax collectors and others who were reclining with them. Their scribes and the Pharisees murmured against His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?’ Yeshua answered them, ‘Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick do.’”
Ur/Luqas 8:4-8--”When a great multitude came together, and people from every city were coming to Him, He spoke by a parable ‘The farmer went out to sow his seed. As he sowed, some fell along the road, and it was trampled under foot, and the birds of the sky devoured it. Other seed fell on the rock, and as soon as it grew, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other fell amid the thorns, and the thorns grew with it, and choked it. Other fell into the good ground, and grew, and produced one hundred times as much fruit.’ As He said these things, He called out, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’”
U/Luqas 9:12-17--”The day began to wear away; and the twelve came and said to Him, ‘Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and farms, and lodges, and get food, for we are in a deserted place.’ But He said to them, ‘You give them something to eat.’ They said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we should go and buy food for all these people.’ For they were about five thousand men. He said to His disciples, ‘Make them sit down in groups of about fifty each.’ They did so, and made them all sit down. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to the sky, He blessed them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. They ate and were all filled. They gathered up twelve baskets of broken pieces that were left over.”
As servants of ha-Meshiach, it is from Him alone that we get our divine assignments. And, really, the assignment is the same for everyone; Matityah-ha’Levi (Matthew) 28:18-20--”Yeshua came to them and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on Earth. Go and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in the Name of Abba and of the Son and of Ruach HaKodesh, teaching them to observe all things that I commanded you. Behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen.” The fulfillment, however, of this assignment is the difference; 1 Corinthians 12:27--”Now you (plural) are the body of ha-Meshiach, and members individually.” In servant mode, we regulate the concerns of the family (Elohim’s family), we provide nourishment for the family (spiritual needs), and we see that all needs are met in every season (seasons of dry deserts and seasons of plenty). The divine treasures of Heaven are entrusted to our care.
Paul didn’t care what people thought of Him; He worked for the glory of Elohim, not for the glory of man or even for the glory of self. Paul become totally devoted to Adonai, and though most men would judge him based on his whole life, Paul realized that after having been given salvation, his old self became dead, that part of him which had followed the letter of the law to the ‘T’; 2 Corinthians 5:17--”Therefore if anyone is in ha-Meshiach, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” Now, Paul is a new man. He preaches the Good News, and he does so with an upstanding moral character; but, his preaching is not his own, his preaching is the words of ha-Meshiach; Galatians 2:20--”I have been crucified with ha-Meshiach, and it is no longer I that live, but ha-Meshiach lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, Who loved me, and gave Himself up for me.”
This is what Paul was all about. Extreme servanthood can happen in any place … at grocery stores, at restaurants, on farms, and even at amusement parks. When you have a relationship with ha-Meshiach, you are led into a greater service of your fellow man, no matter where you are.
In today’s society and culture, we are all about the extreme. We can have extreme nails- I once played around with aquarium nails. We can order extreme hamburgers. We engage in extreme sports. We might even be extremely picky eaters- Alana is one such child … peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for nearly every meal. Achot ve achoti, brothers and sisters, we hear the message loud and clear, “Go and be extreme!” Paul preached such a message, only he reminded us to be extreme servants, not to be extremists. To be an extremist is to exalt self; to live in extreme servanthood means to serve others to and for the glory of Elohim.
And, as with all his messages, Paul echoed the message of extreme servanthood of the One Who became a Servant to all.
Matityah-ha’Levi 20:28--”Even as the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”
Yochanan (John) 15:13--”Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Y’varech Adonai ve’yishmerecha. Ya’er Adonai panav elecha vihu-necha. Yisa Adonai panav elecha. V’yasem l’cha shalom. (B’midvar 6:24-26)
May Adonai bless you, and keep you. May Adonai make His face to shine on you, and be gracious to you. May Adonai lift up His face toward you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26).