September 2021 Featured Article
Dreams and Visions and Waiting
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” Acts 2:17
This familiar verse was basically repeated in the early days of the first church from the prophet Joel in the Old Testament, Joel 2:28 specifically. Sons and daughters will prophesy, young men see vision, and old men dream dreams.
In my latest novel released September 3rd there’s a wonderful heroine named Autumn Hope Harrell. Readers have known her since birth if they’ve read all the novels in the Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series, prior to Autumn’s book seven, TEXAS TIMBERS!
My character had her first prophetic dream when distraught over her older sister Charity leaving Texas to chase after her knight in shining armor who’s in California. God gave the nine-year-old a comforting dream about her sister that made everything all right. (Book four, LEAVING TEXAS)
Besides just assuring her that Charity would return, God showed little Autumn things . . . like the husband her sister came back with would have a scar, that he and Charity would deal in timber and build a hotel in Dallas—The Lowell House which is in several of my stories: QUINCY & PRISCILLA at the Lowell House, DUPLICITY at the Lowell House.
What about you? Has God showed you things in dreams or visions? Back in 1975, He called my husband to the ministry, and Ron surrendered to that calling, but it’s been forty-six years, and he’s never been as pastor as I first expected from that Sunday morning event.
However, over the years, He has shown us many things regarding this ministry He’s called us to. Line upon line and precept upon precept, Father has shown Ron and me things we’ll do, how to do them, His order, and that our ministry is for the end times.
So many times through the years, as one piled on another, I’ve tried to help God thinking this is the way or it’ll start here now. I’m like a horse rearing to run, but Ron keeps reining me back in, causing me to wait longer, to wait for God’s perfect time.
He explained it to me that we are in a relay race, the last runner, and the baton hasn’t been passed off yet. We must save our energy for that final sprint to the finish! The waiting has become more bearable as I trust God more and more. It isn’t an issue now at all.
The Father even gave me a song one morning, sitting in the congregation of my brother-in-law’s church. The pastor said something about waiting as then as fast as I could write down the lyrics, He gave me the tune and the words to a beautiful song.
“You’ve given me a vision of amazing things to come.
You’ve called me into service to advance Your kingdom.
All I want to do is sing Your praise,
To glorify You all my days.
Father, draw me ever closer while I wait.
While I wait, make me a blessing to everyone I know.
While I wait, keep hope alive, Lord; I long to pleas You so.
While I wait, I’ll trust You deeper, knowing You are on the throne.
I will wait.
I will wait on You alone.”
I’d love it if you could hear the song. The music is lilting and just beautiful. I need to get it recorded and uploaded to my YouTube channel where you can hear some of my other ‘new songs’ He’s given me.
As the days and months and years rush by, hurling us to those days which the world has never known or will know again (Matthew 24:21), we wait. Habakkuk 2:3 says, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
I believe God’s Word. I trust God; He is so completely trustworthy! Are you waiting, too? Be encouraged! Though it hasn’t come to fruition in the time you thought it would or should, wait for it! It will surely come! Isn’t that a Word straight from the Father?
I am confident those for whom this post was written will see it! I am confident everyone who reads TEXAS TIMBERS will love the characters and enjoy the story! God is so good, and He blesses me so much with the most amazing stories!
I’d like to offer a gift to you readers! From Wednesday, September 29 through Sunday, October 3rd, my story QUINCY & PRISCILLA at the Lowell House will be FREE for you! I hope you’ll enjoy the fun story as I introduce the hotel where so many of my stories start or happen! The year is 1866, and you’re in for a treat!