Friday, June 28, 2013

Apocalyptic Invasion

Once upon a midnight dreary, an apocalyptic dream ransacked my slumber. And as nocturnal suspense transformed my cozy bedstead into a space station drifting into the ominous outskirts of outer space, I became a front row observer to my own surreality. As I adjusted to alien surroundings and a starcraft under siege, I began to notice some familiar undertones. Then it hit me. The space station was my church, re-designed to help refugees escape an imploding world. Yet, despite its Firefly resiliency and state-of-the-art security systems, the deep-space sanctuary could not evade extraterrestrial attacks from darkseeking reavers. While staff and elders warred against the swarm, women and children evacuated into secret chambers, as the ethereal Helmsdeep scene played on. But as doors collapsed and alarms sounded, panic began to overcome. With climax imminent, all attention zeroed in on a man opening a mysterious, fluorescent portal - our final hope for survival.

Then I woke up.

As I pondered my bizarre chimera and mulled over its intense imagery, I couldn’t help but wonder if this dream carried a specific purpose - if God was strategically using the night to enlighten hope. After all, it’s not like I splurge on Star Trek or regularly submerge myself in page-turning thrillers like Ender’s Game.

So I dug…and dug…and dug some more, as dream slowly morphed into reverie. Then at the peak of workday solitude, the light came on.

By launching my subconscious on a space odyssey, God unveiled a fascinating concept: we have every reason to delight in the ongoing spiritual battle we find ourselves in. Regardless of one’s personality, mental wiring, ambitions, influences and religious beliefs, we are constantly pursued from both sides of the spiritual spectrum. Yet, since victory has already been accomplished, why not view temporary turbulence on this earth as an entertaining adventure until we’re called home? Why not apply God-fearing certitude, even at the signs of end times?

Although we may be passive in the natural, the forces striving for our soul are aggressive in the supernatural. Rebellion knows only one direction and the modern evidence of perversion declares its increase; however, the spread of deception, tolerance and lukewarm agenda is not entitled to disenchant us. Contrarily, we are sufficiently equipped by the God who enlivens us to see His way amidst the decay. For we were not designed to divide our trembling or part absolute faith with a conditional soul. The earth may quake, moral foundations may shake, but our hearts, our worship should only tremble before the Lord.

Blessed is the one who always trembles before God, but whoever hardens their heart falls into trouble.”~ Proverbs 28:14 (ESV)

The LORD reigns, let the nations tremble; he sits enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake. Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name - he is holy.” ~ Psalm 99:1-3 (ESV)

God is in the business of renewed inspiration, and like Motel 6, He always leaves the light on for us. The question we must regularly ask ourselves is: will we, as a redeemed people, accept the invitation to enjoy the light? (Job 33:28) And in doing so, will we dwell in transcendent joy when being chased by a paranoid Satan? How faithful is the God who uses dreams with exhilarating plotlines to drive home important truths. The way may be narrow and discouragement may tempt, but we’d be entirely sheepheaded to not see our destiny as an illuminated path with everything we need to press on.

Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” ~ Psalm 37:3-7 (ESV)
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