Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Each night before falling asleep, I get down on my knees beside my bed and thank God for my day. I pray how I am led and end with the request to have memorable, sweet dreams of Him so that I can apply what He’s shown me to my life as well as to the lives of others in order to glorify Him. He did this several nights ago and I want to share it with you!
There have been many sightings of Copperhead Snakes in our apartment complex. About a month or so ago, a couple was walking their dog and they shouted over to my husband and me to be careful because they’d just seen one. I really didn’t think anything of it. I grew up in the desert and scorpions, black widows, tarantulas, and rattlesnakes were all a part of my everyday life. I had no fear of any of them nor did I fear the snake when our neighbors announced its presence.
It wasn’t until I ran into the maintenance man, a couple of days ago, that my fear settled in. The neighbor across from our apartment had just lost her dog to a Copperhead Snake. It was around 9:00 PM and the dog was investigating something in the bush right outside her apartment. He was bitten on the nose, she rushed him to the emergency vet where treatment was administered and the dog ended up expiring on the way home due to a heart attack. We knew the dog well (Charlie) because he did not care for our dog (Gerry). They would often have terrifying growling matches!!
I grew reluctant to take Gerry out because I didn’t want him to be the snakes next victim. I pray to God for protection each time we leave the house; I thank Him when we are safely climbing our stairs. The other night, I had a dream about snakes!
I was walking with two other animals besides Gerry. They led me into a grouping of small bushes; space was somewhat restricting. I found myself flat on my back, not quite sure how I ended up in that position. I wasn’t hurt and I didn’t fall. I surveyed my surroundings and found that there were snakes everywhere. They were big, fat and menacing!! My animals were on high alert, still and ready for their attack.
I tried to silently push myself out of the bushes, but I couldn’t. My strength was just not there! The snakes were so close to my face. Their heads seemed bigger than my own. They slithered across my body, and I was amazed at how heavy they were and how quickly they moved. Neither I, nor my animals, were bitten. The only wound that I sustained was a scratch from a revealed fang; venom was not released into my system. We were okay!
The following morning, I found myself sitting at my desk reflecting on this dream! No, this wasn’t a particularly sweet dream of Jesus, but I do believe there is divine meaning.
The snakes represent the hurt within me and the sins that I reach for because I don’t believe that God will rescue me. The tight quarters in the bushes are the walls that I’ve erected in order to protect myself from further damage and heartache. The animals are my false sense of security–my addictions. I cannot move because I’m helpless and hopeless in saving myself. I am on my back because I give up and I surrender.
Dr. Charles Stanley puts it this way in his, “30 Life Principals Bible Study:”
To surrender to God is to let go of the steering wheel of your life and leave the driving to the One who not only designed the car but also plotted the course. To surrender control to God is to gain confidence and faith…There are at least three reasons why God seeks your surrender. First, He loves you and desires your fellowship and worship. Second, He wants your service to be effective and fruitful. Third, He waits for the freedom to bless you.
I surrender my unforgiving spirit!
I surrender my hurts and loneliness!
I surrender my constant need for control in certain areas of my life.
I surrender my shame and guilt!
I surrender my battle with perfection!
I surrender my weight, my food, my fears of death, anxiety, and depression!
I surrender my inability to control others!
I surrender my constant need to punish because I haven’t lived up to certain expectations!
Jesus, I surrender ALL my life to You!