Sometimes God confirms His will by speaking to others. Sometimes God speaks through means that we do not expect. Sometimes God allows others to “see” things through dreams and visions.
The book of Joel speaks of this:
“It will come about after this
That I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind;
And your sons and daughters will prophesy,
Your old men will dream dreams,
Your young men will see visions.”
Reid and I desire to see God’s manifested power displayed on earth. Reid has been fervently praying for God to pour out his Spirit by giving dreams and visions to His people. We believe God speaks through means just as this. Sadly though, we do not hear of it often.
When we returned home from Ghana last year, the faces of the children would not escape our minds. Reid and I would go to bed at night and the faces of the children would haunt us as we drifted off into restless sleep. Face after face blended one into another as we remembered orphan after orphan we encountered in Ghana. So many haunting faces silently crying out, “Help me.” At times, the faces I saw were ones I recognized. Other times, I wasn’t sure if the faces I saw as I closed my eyes were faces we knew. Had we ever seen these children who were filling my mind?
This week, our family traveled to an orphanage and God met us there. HE had gone before us.
Our entire family loved being with the children. They were precious! All of our sons, played with the kids while I tried to hug each one and remind them that Jesus loves them. Though we had never met these children, they seemed familiar.
As we were preparing to leave, a young eleven year old boy named Prince came up to Reid and me. He placed his hand on Reid and looked up at him. Then he said,
“I have seen your faces.”
“You have? When did you see us?”
“Oh I have seen your faces in my dreams. You come to us in my dreams, but I did not know you were here. I have had many dreams about you…”
Then he said,
“May I pray for you before you leave?”
Astounded by God’s overwhelming presence, I was in shock. The Lord had spoken to this young child through his dreams. God had incredibly shown him our faces. Ours? Our little family - simple people just trying to follow Jesus - we were the ones in Prince’s dreams? We are so humbled yet amazed by how God speaks confirmation of His plans. Wow! Why does anyone ever doubt God’s existence?
We circled into a prayer with all of the children around us. Prince prayed. Powerfully. Oh, friends, I’ve never heard a child pray with such fervency as this young man. Everything was in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Prince prayed with authority and conviction. Beautiful.
Reid and I both prayed over the children as well. As we were praying, I was still reeling from what Prince had revealed of the Lord speaking to him through his dreams. As my mind engaged with the Lord, I felt a certain confidence that I had seen the faces before me in my dreams as well…and so many more children we have yet to meet.
Oh Lord, we pray you will continue to pour out your Spirit on all mankind. May you give dreams and visions to your followers. May we recognize when You are speaking! Thank you for this amazing gift today. We know you truly have “gone before us.” May we remember how you have spoken about our presence here. We know you have sent us. We love you Lord.
“He gives to his beloved even in his sleep.”
“The favor of the Lord our God be upon us;
And confirm the work of our hands;
Yes, confirm the work of our hands."