In 2014, I had a dream that has now become reality. In it, the streets of our city, Iquitos, were completely empty. Not a soul was to be seen, even on the busiest avenue in town. I never anticipated a literal fulfillment of this dream. And yet, the last month has brought us exactly that.
When I reflect on that vision of the night, this Scripture comes to mind:
I look at the idols, but there is not one that can answer.” (Isa. 41:26-28, NCV).
Here, God is pointing out that He is the only one who knows the future. He’s already been there. He’s there right now. My dear friend, He is not chewing His fingernails frantically nor losing sleep as He considers what is to come. On the contrary, He is overflowing with peace. He knows His plan is perfect. He knows it includes infallible care of you and your family.
This passage goes on to say, no idols can give us any answers. In other words, no false props can hold us up or offer any legitimate solutions. Right now, He is the only one we can truly lean on. There are no answers anywhere else. He has sole ownership of this role: successfully directing the future. He carries it out flawlessly.
His intricate designs include nurture for every blade of grass, for every creature huge and tiny. He assures us, nothing escapes Him. Not even the fate of a single sparrow. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:30-31, NKJV). If He gives tender attention to even the weeds popping up in your yard, how much more will He provide for you? You, who are worth the highest price of all to Him? You, for whom He shed every last drop of His own blood?
You know, He gave me that dream in 2014 to remind me of all these truths. He also gave my daughter Anna a dream not long ago, during this quarantine. In it, she saw all the members of our family in the future. She and her siblings were all grown up. Each of them had wonderfully successful careers.
When she woke up, she came to tell me about it. She smiled and explained, “I think God gave me this dream so I could have peace. He wanted to let me know that everything is going to get back to normal, and just get better and better from here. He has a beautiful future for all of us.”
Do you hear the Father speaking that same message to you right now? The One who is already there is whispering to your heart that He has a beautiful future for you. He has plans not to harm you, but to bless and prosper you abundantly. Lean in and listen, dear one. Let Him breathe hope into the depths of your spirit today! Do you hear Him?
“Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them” (Isa. 3:10, ESV).
Has God sent you any special signs of His personal care for you during this time of quarantine? I’d love to hear about them!