Saturday, April 22, 2017

Out-of-the-Box-Speaking: One Stressful Vacay

It was supposed to be a beautiful sunny morning at the resort.  Right in front of the resort was such a tempting sparkling blue sea welcoming anyone who wanted to go for a dip.  David, Jeff, Auntie Edna and I just finished packing our things and were ready to check-out.  We left our bags at the concierge and walked at the front yard one last time, enjoying the view of the sea.  Then suddenly there was a loud bang, and the ground shuddered.  Smoke came from behind us.  When I looked back, I saw the sidewalk near the resort building on fire because of a fiery arrow that had pierced through the pavement.  

In the sky there were a couple more fiery darts coming in.  The ground continued to shake.  Everyone at the resort was running in confusion, trying to escape.  We too panicked, and asked for the shuttle service (it was a 4x4 RV) to drive us out ASAP.  Portions of the road were already blocked by fire and fallen trees.  As we waited for the shuttle service, more darts were hitting the resort.

There was a war, I realized, and it was just unfortunate that we were in a resort located on the border of the country.  The RV arrived.  We drove hurriedly out of the resort avoiding the arrows, the fire and the debris along the way.  It was one of the most stressful moments of our lives.

When we had gone quite far from the resort such that arrows could no longer reach us, we slowed down.  We were on top of the mountain and we breathed a big sigh of relief.  From our vantage point, we were able to see a bird's eye view of the war.  We could see not only the city where the resort was located but also the island where the fiery darts were coming from.  

What I noticed surprised me.  The darts from the enemy were only hitting the border of our country.  While the enemy's island were being hit at its heart by much bigger weapons.  Bombs were dropped and cannon balls were shot towards the enemy by our country.  I realized, they were actually fighting a losing battle!  

Then I woke up.  

I realize the war in my dream somehow depicts the real spiritual battle we have today.  There is a war between God and Satan.  And if we are God's people, Satan would be attacking us as well. We may feel that Satan's attacks are daunting and overwhelming.  It may seem that we are losing because we are being attacked by the fiery darts firsthand.  Yet, when we see things from the big picture of God's perspective, we see that our enemy is already losing the battle.  We have God on our side; If He is for us, who can be against us?