Ever have one of those nights where it felt as if you dreamed one dream after another? Yesterday morning, when I woke up, that’s how it felt…a marathon night of dreaming. Yet the only dream I could fully remember was this one:
I stood in my living room and happened to glance out the window. From the slots in the blinds I could see snow falling. I went outside and the world was a winter wonderland. It was beautiful! I stood there in disbelief and amazement. I said to myself…but it’s May 22…in Georgia. How does it snow in Georgia in May?!?
The next thought that came to mind in my dream was this verse in Isaiah:
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.” Isaiah 1:18
And then, of course, the next thought I had… Wow, Lord, I need to write about this…this is incredible! 🙂
When I woke up the next morning, as I waited for the coffee machine to finish brewing, I checked the messages on my phone. I had been tagged in a Facebook post by friend who was sharing how he was going to be getting baptized today to celebrate his new life in Christ. And then it hit me…it’s May 22…it’s baptism Sunday at church today!
I then thought about the surprising and totally unexpected snow in my dream and the verse that came to mind as I stood there admiring it. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”
That’s what baptism symbolizes– a cleansing, a clean slate, a journey from death to life…an external expression of life and faith in Christ that shouts…I once was condemned but now I’m redeemed!
As I was typing this post the words “surprised to be loved” came to mind. I knew they were from a verse in one of the Psalms in the Message translation so I decided to find it and read it again.
But me he caught—reached all the way
from sky to sea; he pulled me out
Of that ocean of hate, that enemy chaos,
the void in which I was drowning.
They hit me when I was down,
but God stuck by me.
He stood me up on a wide-open field;
I stood there saved—surprised to be loved! ~Psalm 18: 16-19
“Surprised to be loved” personally, that’s life in Christ for me. It’s like looking at snow in May in Georgia. It’s incredible and it’s hard to believe unless you are standing there and feeling those graceflakes falling on your face.