December 9, 2011

Follow Me... I know the way

We sat quietly together. We were on a date but neither one of us made a move to leave the security of our car. We had just discovered that we were pregnant with our second child. While the news had come as a bit of surprise, what accented the shock was the realization that something might be very wrong with our first-born son.

The future we had mapped-out so carefully was quickly becoming very uncertain.

I became consumed by fear. I could hardly eat or sleep. At night I would wake up crying and the crying would turn into panic attacks. In response, Aaron would reach over, rub my back, and say a prayer out loud.

As we sat in the car, watching families leave the ice cream shop, Aaron took my hand and firmly spoke, "I was waiting until now to tell you about a dream I had last night."

"For some reason, I was back at college. I was walking through my dorm building when I realized it was on fire. I tried to find my way out but each way was blocked by more fire. I found myself down in the basement surrounded by flames. Just as I was about to give up, Jesus stepped forward. I told him I was lost and he said, 'Follow Me.'

I argued that I had tried every way possible but he simply said, 'Follow Me... I know the way.'

Then I woke up."

Aaron went on to say, "We are going to go through tough times but we just need to follow Christ. He already knows how our story is going to play out. He knows the way."

That dream and my husband's words comforted me greatly. The past couple of years have been more difficult than any descriptive word can convey, but the peace provided by our Savior has shone through our darkness and continually lights the way.

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8


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