I may have been a teenager, or possibly in my early twenties, when I had a certain dream which I’ve never forgotten. It came at a time when I was not yet following Jesus with my whole heart.
In the dream, I was standing on the beach of an ocean bay, looking out over the water. On the other side of the bay was a range of mountains. It was a sunny day, and the sun was sparkling on the water. A certain unknown man stood beside me on the beach. As we stood looking out, the water began to stir. Then, things began to get disturbing. I noticed that the water started moving very strangely as a whole body, shifting up on the left side, and then shifting up on the right. Something was very, very wrong.
At this point, the man beside me pointed to the mountains across the bay and said, “Look at the mountains.” I did, and saw that the mountains were shaking. (When I read in scripture now about the mountains ‘trembling’, I understand what it means.) Then, as I watched, mesmerized, the ranges of mountains began to literally melt down and fall into the sea. (Psalm 97:5 and Micah 1:4.)
A horrific wind rose out of the sea at this time, and started sucking me out to sea. I turned and ran inland, and from this point on I did not see the man anymore. I ran into a forest, and flung my arms around the first tree I saw, hanging on for dear life. The wind was too strong, and it ripped the tree out of my arms, sucking it out to sea. I ran to the next tree, and the same thing happened. Scurrying from tree to tree, I desperately kept seeking for a tree that would not fail me. But before I had found that tree, I woke up.
The dream struck me as a warning, but also as an invitation. I felt it was a message from the Lord Jesus. Even when I wasn’t fully following Him, He was teaching me. “Look,” He was saying, “there is going to come a time (or times) in your life where your world will start falling apart. Which tree is going to support you at such a time? It is only Me, Faithful Jesus, the Tree of Isaiah (the ‘Tree if you will that will not rot’) Who can hold you up at a time like that?” (Isaiah 40:20)
Those times have come, and I seem to be in such a time right now. I guess all I can do right now is fling my arms around Jesus. He’s the only Tree who will not fail me. Such times will come in each of our lives, and we need this Tree. Jesus, the same yesterday, today and forever.
Some time after I had this dream I read Psalm 46:1-3: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”
Yes, then I realized this was what Jesus had shown me. I believe it refers not just to a time of personal distress, but to a literal time that is coming which is foretold in many passages in scripture; but that’s another story.
Jesus is so kind. He tells us beforehand that we are going to need Him, and then He is right there cuddling us when we do. Jesus offering Himself to us. There are going to come times in our lives where we need to hold onto Him very, very tightly. And He will be there for us, even to the end of the world.
For Isaiah, He was the Tree that could not be moved. This same Jesus who will never fail us. The Rock of Salvation. Let us hear His voice today.