The night air felt good as the sweat poured down her face. She had been running throught the forest for what seemed like hours.
She didn’t dare turn around to see if it got closer, she just kept running. The 5’8″ 30 yr old was out of shape and feeling it. Her heart and lungs felt as if they would burst; every muscle in her body burned as if on fire, but she did not stop. She couldn’t let it catch up. Whatever it was.
She got her second wind as she came across a paved road. She ran even faster. “God save me!”
Whatever was chasing her was catching up. “GOD PLEASE SAVE ME!”
“Stop, slow down,” came a voice. “What the-” Jennifer turned her head to follow the voice. As she did, she saw what was chasing her. A Grizzly bear came tumbling after her.
“HOLY CRAP!” Jennifer ran even harder. Looking for someone to help her – anyone.
“Stop, slow down Jennifer. Trust Me.” the voice said.
Jennifer ignored as she heard the bear get closer. “JENNIFER, STOP!”
Tears started to steam down her face as she finally obeyed and stopped running. “I can’t, Jesus help me I can’t. Save me Lord” Jennifer said through the tears and her pain. She laid her body face down on the ground and closed her eyes, as she didn’t want to see her body being torn apart.
As she heard the bear come upon her, she saw a bright light and heard someone singing:
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
She smiled as she remembered the hymn from her childhood; oh how she loved that song. It was her favorite. She couldn’t help herself as she sang along:”Trust and obey, for there’s no other way To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”
As the song finished she realized the bear had still not attacked her. She no longer heard its breathing. No longer heard its panting. She looked up to see the bear right before her. Just looking at her. It turned around as she sat up…and left her alone.
And she heard a voice say: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2Cr 5:7
This was a dream I had long time ago, when I was not trusting in God. Please remember my friend, God is in control of everything. He wants you to trust in Him.
When things are looking dismal (you have no money to pay the bills this month, or your loved one just found out they have cancer), remember God wants you to trust in Him alone.
Psa 20:7 Some [trust] in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose.