A Dream

In my dream I was at a writers’ conference (probably Oregon Christian Writers). I walked into a class and sat down, only to suddenly remember that we had an assignment due. “Write down your favorite Bible verse and tell why it is important to you.”

Panic flooded my brain. How could I have forgotten to do my homework? Could I think of something quickly before the teacher arrived? And then a verse dropped into my head. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Peace came over me.

I rarely remember my dreams, but this one still echoed within when I awoke. Perhaps because I need it so much right now.

I seem to do a lot of fretting lately. About politics: Who will win the election? Will that measure I so strongly oppose pass? About health: Is my father’s cancer spreading? Will our friends at church who face health issues get better? About career: When will I find time to do the writing I really want to do? And these are just for starters.

I need to remember that, no matter what happens, God is in control, and I am safe in His arms. “Be still and know that I am God.” Only that knowledge can bring me true peace.

About susanmaas

I grew up in the green state of Oregon, coming to love the birds, flowers, and other wild things of the woods. Our family homeschooled for sixteen years, spending wonderful vacations at the beach or camping in the western United States and British Columbia. For most of my adult life, I have been a part-time writer, creating personal experience stories, homeschooling articles, devotionals, Sunday school curriculum, and children's stories and books. I enjoy looking for signs of the eternal in nature and the small, everything events in our lives.
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3 Responses to A Dream

  1. georgiabelle39@comcast.net says:

    Hi, Susan: It’s been a long time since I’ve written to you. I check your blog on occasion and was surprised to see 2 entries that I hadn’t yet read. I’m so glad you’re doing well. God has certainly watched over you. Your Oct. entry was of particular interest to me since I’ve been fretting a bit also. Yes politics are very stressful…but I know you must be feeling a particular concern with your Dad’s illness. It’s so hard to see our parents suffer with health issues. I went through that with my own Dad 10 yrs. ago. It’s never an easy thing to deal with. My heart goes out to you.
    My husband Steve was in a very serious car accident last month that could have ended very badly, but he survived with a back injury that should repair itself in the coming weeks. It was so stressful and has continued to be worrisome for me. I guess it’s not so unusual to frett about such things. I better get moving…so for the time being God bless and take care.

    • susanmaas says:

      So nice to hear from you! It sounds like you have definitely been through some stressful times recently. I’m glad your husband is healing. That must have been scary! Yes, it has been stressful with my dad. He has been in and out of the hospital three times in the past two months. He is out now and doing pretty well, considering he is 90 years old with multiple health issues. He lives 45 minutes from us, so the driving back and forth to help out has added to the stress–and trying to fit it in with my work and all. I have to keep reminding myself of a lesson I learned several years ago: that if I do what is really important, God will make sure I am able to get the other necessary things done. And helping my dad is what’s important right now. So I keep reminding myself to “be still” and let God lead. 🙂

  2. georgiabelle39@comcast.net says:

    Hi, Susan: Great lesson to live by…”be still and let God lead.” Today at Church a woman talked about the fact that we are never given more than we can bare. I think this is true also. Most important, if we’re doing all that we’re suppose to do, it will all work out. ALL words to live by.
    Take care and God Bless.

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