I had just gotten back from doing breakfast for Room in the Inn with Janusian Order. It was 6am and I was debating whether or not to change my alarm to 9 instead of 8 when I fell into a half doze and began to dream.
In my dream, I was in a room full of people trying to decorate. They were moving furniture, trying to carpet the floor, put things on the wall, etc. I was trying to get them to stop or leave. When they wouldn’t, I realized I was in a dream and tried to wake up; I couldn’t.
I tried singing praise songs, like “Shout to the Lord,” that proclaim who the Lord is. The workers sang too because I had said, “anyone who works in my house, sings praises to the Lord” before I started to sing. I was actually confused that they sang because in my semiconscious state I thought I was being held captive in a dream state by demons.
Next, I started to ask individual people a couple of questions, “How do you worship God and know that he is the one worthy of your worship?” I started to get muddy and wrong answers. I received answers of pluralism and answers that had twisted views of what the bible said.
I then stated singing “Thy Word” and the people stated to get mad at me. I then tried to force them to leave my home. I stated praying as I tried to herd them out, “Lord, help me to live my life according to your word and not to be persuaded by arguments that are close to the word but wrong. Let me keep your truths close to me.”
The next thing I remember was curling up on the floor and sobbing. I was so sad and all I could do was cry and try to keep saying my prayer. Through blurry eyes, I watched as one of the workmen stated leading some of the people out and letting some stay behind in the room. I realized that while I was arguing with the decorators, this worker had been building my home around me. It was then that I woke up.
It’s not enough to have a firm foundation on the Word. Each support, wall, window, and door needs to be placed according to God’s will and design for your life. Don’t let other people try to decorate your home according to their desires and what they think is the right way; always check what is being said to you against what you know to be true, which is found in God’s Word. If you base your faith on the Word, you will have a strong faith that can stand the test of time. Guard your heart and only let God’s truths enter in.
“Oh, God, you are my God,
And I will ever praise you.
Oh, God, you are my God,
And I will ever praise you.
I will seek you in the morning
And learn to walk in your ways.
And step by step you’ll lead me
And I will follow you all of my days.”
“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
Addenum: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” – Psalm 127:1