Be ever vigilant

Be ever vigilant

Have you ever had one of those dreams when you feel like you are IN the dream (like it’s really happening), yet at the same time you feel as if you are a bystander watching it happen? Dreams that seem real can cause you to sit up wide awake, reminding us to be ever vigilant Depending on whether you consider it a good dream or a bad dream, you may want to go right back to sleep to try and continue the dream, or you may stay awake trying to forget it.

I had one such dream the other morning. I say morning because I woke up with it about 4am. It was very vivid, I could see a dark, worn down house that had been fortified by a fence and a rock wall. I’m not sure whose house it was, or who lived there. It was near a street, although it was more of a path or dirt road than a paved busy street.

I distinctly remember seeing a woman and little girl (assuming her daughter?) bicycling up the road on those older type bikes with baskets on the handle bars. The woman’s basket had flowers in it. I believe it must have been getting on to dusk as I reminded them to hurry along and get home safely.

Once it was dark we (me and whoever else lived in the house) barricaded ourselves in and settled down for the night.

In the dream, that scene replayed itself, with the woman and little girl kindly smiling as I reminded them to hurry home. Again, as darkness fell we barricaded ourselves in and settled down for the night. Only, on this night the wolves came.

The wolves growled and snarled as they tried to crash through the windows of the small house. All the occupants were awake, huddled together in the middle of the main room, and scared. Thankfully, the windows held and the wolves could not get in. Eventually, the wolves stopped attacking the house and left, but they left some big black and brown dogs (Rottweilers?) to prowl around the porch. We could see them pass by the windows, periodically, as a reminder that we were still in danger.

When the sun came up, the dogs ran off. It took us a little while to gather up the courage to venture outside. When we finally did, we saw the damage the wolves had done to our fortifications. There was a spot in the fence that had been broken through, right next to a spot in the rock wall that had been knocked over into a pile of rubble.

My first thought was, “We need to go check on the woman and the little girl, to make sure they are unharmed!” And… that’s when I woke up.

Could it be a simple reminder that we should remain ever vigilant, on guard, and prepared for bad things to happen? If we are prepared, we can better ward them off, or deal with them as they come. What of the lady up the street? Perhaps we need to remind others of the ever present danger of unpleasant possibilities, or just remember to love our neighbors.

Does this mean we should live in fear? No. We need to live a boldly joyful life, with safeguards and reminders so that we are not caught unaware when the wolves try to get in to our lives.

1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: