Lately and repeatedly, I have been dreaming about houses that have many rooms. There are so many people in these dreams -- people from this life and people I haven't met yet. In these dreams, each person has their own appointed house, which is fabulously decorated, lively, and beautiful. Everyone is fulfilled.
Last night's dream was particularly special and comforting.
I was in a home with familiar people, and there was an empty space available in the house. Several of us were there. I was trying to find my place -- looking at the space, imagining what it might become.
Then, a dog showed up. A very special dog.
The dog was a border collie/australian shepherd mix and was full of God-giving life. For part of the dream, the dog was running and having fun, freely and off leash. The dog wasn't mine but appeared to be in my care, and I was giving the dog a lot of freedom to play.
The beauty, tenderness and wonder of the dream came, however, when, free to leave, the dog chose to wait for me at every turn.
We were descending many flights of stairs from the top of the house down. The dog could have run from the top to the bottom of the stairs in a second. Instead he waited on the landing of each flight until I caught up. Waiting for me until I made each and every turn, the dog would then proceed on a bit and wait again. This went on for many flights in the dream. The dog running ahead and then waiting for me.
I smiled each time I saw the dog waiting on the next landing for me -- so surprised and touched by this loving gesture.
It was a dream and yet...
When I woke up, I felt so cared for, respected, and loved in this dream by the actions of the dog -- the dog that could have run away but waited for me at every turn. A stance of loyalty that I cherish in this life.
In church, a group of people were installed as new members. After the acknowledgement ceremony was completed, the new members proceeded back to their chairs. I saw one man left standing in the audience and wasn't sure why, since everyone else was seated. Then I saw that he remained standing until his wife made it back to her seat. She gave him a kiss when she arrived.
The smallest of genuine gestures in this life can make a world of difference in one person's life.
Lord God, thank you for dreams. I don't know what our dreams mean exactly, and I don't know how far off heaven is really. What I do know is that you send comfort to us in this life. You take us places we have never been. When we need it most, you send a friend to wait for us on the landings of our life until we catch up. You provide Heaven on Earth.
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(Written by Jane Hart, copyright 2015)