Life is like a puzzle—we all are looking for the missing piece of the puzzle. God created each one of us with a void in our hearts which the ways of the world can never fill—only the Creator that created the void in our hearts can fill that void. My story (Dreams of Hope’s Journey)—began June and July of 1977, two months before I found the missing piece of the puzzle of life.
Our Creator can speak to us through dreams, people, and circumstances in life. My journey began with two dreams—one in June and then the other in July of 1977. These two dreams were so profound that I found myself in a battle within myself that confounded me each day as I continued to strive to find and know the truth of the missing piece in my life. I have had many dreams in my life—but never like these dreams—that was so profound—that made my heart pound with an urgency to find the answer quickly to the mystery of life’s missing puzzle piece.
My first dream in June, 1977, I dreamed I was in total darkness and the darkness consumed me to the point of fright and then all of a sudden in my dream a flame of fire started to encircle me as a ring of fire. In the dream I remember feeling lost and overwhelmed with the feeling of total separation from my Creator. The thought was so intense that I could hardly bear the pain of separation which I knew would be for eternity. I saw myself in the dream being surrounded by these flames of fires as they came up from a bottomless pit and the flames were shooting upward and I could see no end of the flames. As I watched myself I was trying to shield myself from the flames and I was so terrified of being consumed by the flames of fire—so I kneeled down and kept covering myself with my arms trying to protect myself from the flames of fire that was coming quickly towards me as to consume me totally. Then all of a sudden, I found myself awake from the dream trembling and sweating and hardly able to breathe from the fright of this dream. That dream haunted me throughout that month of June and I wondered each day what the meaning of that terrifying dream was.
Then in the month of July—I had another dream of fire. But the feelings were quite opposite – it started out about the same regarding the flames coming towards me as to consume my whole body. In the dream I saw myself just raise my arms upward as if saying “I surrender.” I stood with no fear of the darkness, the eternal separation feelings, the fear of the consuming fire flames. I stood there watching myself in total peace and surrendering to a greater force than I – and then suddenly as I stood with my arms raised up. The flames of fire consumed by whole body and I watched the flames of fire as they encircled around my arms which I had lifted up towards the sky. And then suddenly I woke up from my dream and amazingly I had such peace—but still wondered what these dreams meant.
Then one month later in August, 1977, I was having a stressful day due to the last two months of a battle going inside of me. I felt an urgency to know why, what, I am searching for in my life. That day I was leaving work and a co-worker was leaving at the same time to her car in the parking lot (it was her last day at work) because she was moving to another state where she found another job. Things work in mysterious ways – she saw me crying and asked “Are you alright – Do you need someone to talk to” and I said I’m okay because I was embarrassed that she saw me crying and all of a sudden she asked, “Can I pray for you?” She said God is the answer to all our problems in life and without God in our lives we will always feel like we are missing something always in our lives because God created us with a void in our hearts which only God can fill. I stood there in amazement of what she said. It was so profound of what I have been searching for—she prayed with me and left me her bible and she said I sense you have un-forgiveness in your heart. Only God can give you His strength to forgive and I remember saying, “Yes that would be a miracle—I cannot and will not ever be able to forgive these certain people in my life.” She said just pray about it and when you are ready just tell God everything and ask him to forgive you and help you forgive these people. That was 30 years ago and I have never seen that girl ever again and the most profound thing she said to me on that day was “You might not believe this but just as I left my office I prayed to God that before I leave work that God would have me speak to someone and be able to share the gospel with them and help them realize with God all things are possible and there is always hope with God in all our situations and that He is the answer to all our problems.
The profound ending of this story is that now I do believe in miracles and that things happen for a reason and season in our lives. Within 27 days I read the whole New Testament. I was so hungry for Truth and meaning and I was able to forgive those people which to this day still amazes me of God’s amazing grace and His strength to help me to forgive those people and today I still hear myself telling that girl “Yes, that would be a miracle.” And as I searched out scriptures in the Bible—I read about the story of the bush that was consumed—but did not burn—and about how God is a consuming fire.
My favorite scriptures of all, which is the answer to the two dreams of fire that I had before I got Born Again—is found in Job 7:14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions. Job 33:14-18 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed. Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction that he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword…
So in conclusion of Hope’s Journey, reminder: You will always stumble and be puzzled by the ways of the world to find the missing piece of the puzzle. Look within the puzzle and you will find the cornerstone of the puzzle already inside the void of your heart created by your Creator and that only your Creator can fill the void and complete the missing piece of the puzzle in your life. Second reminder: Our choices today determine our future soul’s destination. Choose this day who you will serve the world or your Creator. We cannot serve two masters. Peace and God Bless to All in their Journey of Life. God’s Gift Which Keep Giving Each Day. Free Gift, not by works.
The cross endured so we can be assured that we also can be revived and face tomorrow with the assurance that God is in Control and nothing ahead of us is greater than the power that is behind us. Where there seems no way God will make a way. God will never fail us. He is faithful and His loving kindness and mercy endureth forever. God is just a prayer away. Prayer changes things there is always hope with God, nothing is impossible with God.
Final clue of finding the missing piece of the puzzle: – Seek out all the hidden treasures found in God’s Word. Good night, sweet dreams, best dream is to have God’s peace: the missing piece of life’s puzzle.