The Dream

For me, nighttime dreams are rare however, the dreams I do have are usually a warning or a
revelation for me or my family. One night I dreamed I was riding “shotgun” in a stripped-down
dune-buggy on a sandy beach. I didn’t know who was driving but they were speeding over the
dunes causing the buggy to shake and shudder. I was not enjoying the ride as my mouth was
wide open and I was screaming.

Immediately after I awoke I knew that I needed to ask the LORD for the meaning of the
unnerving dream. In answer, he spoke to my heart (not audibly) and said, “I am going to shake
everything out of you that can be shaken, so what is left cannot be shaken.” I knew what He
meant. He was going to shake out all of my religious beliefs that were not based on the Bible.
In the days that followed, that is exactly what began to happen. I realized that the doctrines of
men can, and will, lead us away from the Bible into meaningless religious activities and error.

The Apostle James explains this much better than I. James 1:26-27. “If anyone thinks
himself to be religious and does not bridle his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s
religious service is worthless (futile, barren). Religious worship that is pure and unblemished in
the sight of GOD the Father is this: to visit and help care for orphans and widows in their
affliction and need and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.”

It was clear why GOD gave me that dream. I was clinging to a lot of pseudo-religious
customs that needed to be shaken out. It was difficult to let go of past erroneous teachings,
but in my heart I knew that if I did, I would be free to be the woman I was destined to be. For
me, religion wasn’t to be a church denomination with man-made rules but a relationship
between Father GOD and myself. That relationship required me to be sensitive to the needs of
others and be a help in easing their burdens.

In helping others, sometimes it’s just a hug, sometimes a prayer, or a word of
encouragement, a home-cooked meal, or sometimes it’s a monetary gift. GOD did shake
everything out of me that needed to be shaken and I am thankful that He gave me that dream
more than twenty years ago.

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