I had a dream. In my dream, I was walking on the sidewalk, up a hill, looking into storefront window displays. I stopped at one window, which was a jewelry store, and gazed at all the various items and precious stones that were on display.
Something inside made me turn away from the display window and look across the street.
I saw a young man with long hair and wearing blue jeans. He was walking on the sidewalk on the other side. He glanced at me and smiled. There was warmth in his smile, and my heart began to beat faster as he started to cross the road and walk towards me.
Somehow, deep within my heart, I knew this person to be Jesus. It could be that Jesus revealed Himself to me at that moment as we walked together. We finally sat down at a picnic table that was situated at the top of the hill. We talked, yet I can't remember what we talked about, and my dream ended. When I awoke, I wished that the dream could have lasted longer, at least until I found out what we talked about. But it was not meant to be, and I have never forgotten that dream. It was so vivid and so real.
As I reflected on my dream the other day, I was reminded of the young man in my dream, whom I felt was Jesus, and how much His face was similar to the face of the young man that I used to visit in the maximum security hospital as a pastoral visitor many years ago.
Matthew 25:31-40 – But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me." Then these righteous ones will reply, "Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?" And the King will say, "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" (NLT)
Jesus is telling us that when we serve the unloved, the hurting, the dying, and the mentally challenged, we are serving Him. Let us not wait until Christ's second coming for the veil to be finally removed so that we will recognize Him in the faces of these individuals. Today, may we look at others and see Jesus in their reflection. May we always put the other person first.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You still speak to us through dreams. Help us to discern the truth that sometimes the dreams that we dream are from You. May we learn Your wisdom and display it to our brothers and sisters in love and action. Amen.
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