I've heard it said that everyone dreams every night, we just seldom remember what we dream. I can recall countless bits and pieces of dreams throughout my life. I generally recall these bits and pieces several minutes after I wake up and generally can't really piece everything together into anything coherent. This morning was an exception.
I awoke this morning with a memory of a vivid dream that I had last night of my father. Since his passing in January of 2014 I can only count a handful of dreams that I've had about him. Last night's was as real as a dream gets I suppose. I felt him. I touched him. I saw his face. I heard his voice. I hugged him. I wept on him.
When I woke up I felt sadness. I began to pray. I prayed, "God, I'm not sure how this works, I don't think my dad can hear me but I know that he is with you. God, if it's possible can you let him know that I love him, love him, love him and that I miss him, miss him, miss him. Let him know that I look forward to the day when I will join him. Let him know that I look forward to the day when perhaps we will embrace again and I can tell him all of those things myself."
Even in the midst of my sadness over my dream I felt a spark of greater hope. My greater hope is sourced in the reality that I have an eternal reward waiting for me, the same eternal reward that my earthly father inherited on January 6, 2014.
As we continue our thanksgiving focus, I challenge you to remain thankful for the eternal reward that's waiting for you. If you're not sure about your eternal reward DO NOT MISS THIS. You can have an eternal reward too. God has provided that to you in the form of His son Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross. Jesus died for your sins so that you can be made right in God's sight and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Romans 10:9-10 and 1 John 5:13 map it out pretty clearly.
You don't have to live with sadness over the inevitable end of your life wondering what will happen and what it will be like. You can have hope. Be encouraged and keep moving forward.