Have you ever asked God for something and when He answered you it was kind of a let down, because it wasn’t quite what you were expecting?
Many years ago–well, it seems like an actual life time now; I asked God for a scripture, I wanted something deep, I wanted one that perhaps I didn’t know of before, and I was hoping that whatever He gave would change my life forever. So this is what I wanted from God.
What I did get from God was not a scripture really but a passage. I got Psalm 23, and I was not pleased. So bare with me–like I said, this was many, many years ago. I was not pleased and I grumbled. I grumbled to God and I complained to Him. I wanted Him to know that I already knew the 23 Psalm like most people, and I would prefer another scripture, or another passage. Well, nothing changed, because all that kept coming into my mind was Psalm 23.
Then one night I was laying in bed, unable to sleep because of the darkness that filled my mind. At some point I must have drifted off and went into a dream. I got up out of my bed, walked into the dark closet across from my bed, and as I came out the other side of the closet, I had walked into green pastures. Everything was green and pleasant and I was the size of a small child. I looked a little ways in the distance and saw Jesus in His flowing white robe and compared to me He was about the size of a giant. It was like the most normal thing for me, as in this dream I was not surprise to see Him. I was hopping and skipping and He was sitting there enjoying the day. So there I was in green pastures with my Shepherd.
After sometime I held His Hand and we went for a walk beside the still waters, it was beautiful. The air was fresh and sweet. I felt so safe that I let go of His Hand, and off I went skipping again. As we kept on walking in the valley it brought us through a dark pass between two mountains, but I wasn’t afraid, because He was with me. He brought me through that darkness and back into the Light again. When we were back in the green pastures I saw a table, it had a white linen table cloth spread over it and there was a mountain of gifts on top. Jesus extended His Hand in the direction of the table, and I knew that everything on the table was for me.
Well needless to say, when I awoke from that dream, I had a brand new appreciation for the 23 Psalm. Actually the 23 Psalm became not only a night dream because from then on it also became a day dream, and many times it didn’t matter where I was, I would take myself and go into the 23 Psalm in my mind and spend much time there, just me and Jehovah. It became bigger than life to me. The robe Jesus wore it trailed very long, so if I became afraid I could just wrap myself in the train of His garment and everything would be fine.
God is so loving and so kind and so filled with tender mercies. He could of snapped at me, He could have totally ignored me, when I grumbled at what He had given me. He obviously knew that I didn’t know any better, so He brought the Psalm to life in my mind. To this day I can still picture myself within those green pastures spending time with Jesus, and while I’ve learned not to grumble in a negative way, I think I still whine a lot, but I don’t think that is a bad thing to do, and He is so gentle and so patient and kind and understanding, and along with whining it’s also okay to wrestle with Him.
In the bible Jesus tells the story about a Persistent Widow and the judge. She went to the judge seeking justice, but after a while even though he was a pretty tough judge, he gave in and gave the widow what she wanted, so that she wouldn’t bother him day and night, and over and over again with her whining. This is how I see myself with Jesus.
6 Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. 7 And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? Luke 18
So Jesus hears our cries as we cry out to Him over and over, and we are no bother to Him. You can read the whole story in Luke 18:1-8 Further more when we keep crying out to Him this is how He knows that our hearts are truly seeking Him.
I will now always love the 23 Psalm as long as I live, and I have my very own beautiful vision of it.
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Wow ! That is wonderful. He gave it to you for you and to share it and to make His word come more alive. I asked God years ago if planet Earth was the only Planet in the universe that had life on it. I was very serious about it. Two weeks later I could not sleep. I switched on the television and there I think were five or six Scientists talking about it. I was amazed. The answer Yes planet earth is the only planet in the Universe that has life on it.
Hi Juanita thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Yes, our God is so awesome, and this experience is certainly on I will never forget.
For the second part where you speak of planets and wondering if there is life on them, I always look to the bible for answers and while it doesn’t tell us much about other worlds, here are two scriptures that speak of other worlds:
Hebrew 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; (notice worlds —plural)
Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
So again the second text also speak again in the plural of worlds…..Perhaps we may be the only fallen sinful one, but there are some things in the bible that He has not fully made clear to us, but that’s ok. We will have a life time to learn all that we need to know when we get to heaven. As long as we know that Jesus is our Savior, that He died to save us from our sins, and that He rose again from the grave, that we confess our sins to Him and asking for forgiveness, and that we show our love for him by following His commandments, for me these are more important to focus on than the things of which not too much is written.
Thanks again for stopping by and it’s so good to connect with you here.
My God my Saviour while I pray, lead me not to go astray.🙏
Thanks for stopping by Merle!!
I am learning to give thanks in everything!!!! God’s way is always perfect!
So true, God knows best. Yes, I have learned to be grateful and to give Him thanks in everything. Our God is an Awesome God.!!
Thanks for sharing your experience/dream. I think we all grumble at sometime or other. Sometimes we just don’t feel good physically and the grumble comes out. The Lord always has a way of removing the “grumble” even if the physical doesn’t go away. Provided we are walking with Him. He knows our hearts.
He truly does know our hearts Lee, and you’re right when you say it is so easy to grumble when we are not feeling well. That was when I did most of my grumbling, but at the same time that is when I truly got to know Him. I was starting to wonder if He was really there, and that is when He revealed Himself to me in very wonderful way. I feel sorry for those who question if God really exist.
I had a dream once about a long white table set so beautifully in detail with things I love and cherish. There was a green meadow bordered with lilacs and apple blossoms all set beside water…I only just now realized it may have been my own little revelation of Psalm 23.
Simply beautiful. Thank you.
Isn’t that awesome…it probably was!!
So as I think about it, the dream with the table in the green meadow has come to me more than once. Notice in the 23 Psalm it comes at : “Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies….” So I suppose whenever I felt I was being wronged this was Jesus way of letting me know that He was and is there for me. He is so wonderful, so comforting that I will forever sing His praises. So perhaps your table may have come at similar times in your life. God knows what we need and just when we need it.
That’s beautiful. Thank you.
A wonderful encounter! When we take Him by the hand, He will forever take us by the heart!
Yes, He is so absolutely awesome—He has my heart forever!!
Leola, that is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.
God is so amazing and so wonderful and even though we may whine and complain he never gives up on us. He still shows us how much he loves us.
What an amazing gift God gave you, your very own vision of Psalm 23.
Yes, He knows just what we need and when we need it. Psalm 23 became a wonderful place for me to retreat to—actually it still does, as that is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.