My Dream: To Lie Down In Green Pastures

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On October 4, 2015 I had a dream about Jesus and heaven. It brought the scripture Psalm 23:1-3 to mind, The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.

I want to share the experience with you which is hard to put into words because it wasn’t so much what it looked like but how it FELT. The picture above best describes how it looked once I was there.

I did a little research on Psalm 23 and found something interesting. Some one suggested to read a book called A Shepherd Looks At Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller. He  wrote that sheep refuse to lie down unless free of all fear. He makes comparisons of sheep to God’s people.  So, I thought that would be fitting to my dream because I do more than just lie down in green pastures, I dive in!

From what I remember my dream began with Jesus being in the background of my life. It wasn’t a particular place just that I knew He was there but I was too busy to spend time with Him.  Makes me sad to write that, but that’s how it was. I went to Him, hugged Him and told Him if He had to go, it’s okay, if He had to be with someone else. Then all of a sudden we were in a record store and I held up my favorite movie soundtrack Romeo and Juliet. I said,” This is my all time favorite movie!” But as I said it I knew He already knew that so I put it back. I noticed He had a white shirt on with jeans and we were barefoot. In that moment we were in heaven. All I saw was rolling hills filled with rich green grass! Standing there looking out, it was so beautiful but the feeling was even more beautiful! The way He looked at me and listened to me without looking away, His love permeated to me so deep that words can’t properly describe it. We were running barefoot down the hill and diving in the grass like it was water! Someone else was with us doing it too. Then we came across a group of people lying in the grass and we could hear a song talking about Jesus. A lady got up and said that what was being said wasn’t in the Bible. I said to her, you know that’s not true. In the book of John it says Jesus is the word and the word was with God. You know it’s in the Bible. Then a girl came up wanting to spend time with Jesus and I felt myself begin to feel jealous but Jesus showed me in my mind what He loved about her and I felt myself change toward her. I saw her like He did, with love and compassion.

I woke up after that and realized I was with Jesus in heaven. I wished I didn’t wake up! I wanted to stay so bad! As I was laying there relishing in the memory of being with Him, not wanting to forget any of it, I felt His presence and He said to me,” Don’t run away, again.” I think He is saying, don’t stop spending time with Me. See, I have been following Jesus for 5 years now but I get to certain points and stop. Then I get called back. I was on the verge of stopping again because I have a hard time with my faults. I feel inadequate but He conveyed to me to stop thinking that I’m not good enough. It’s okay, I love you the way you are. What you think is bad about yourself, it’s okay.

I had been watching Elevation Network continuously a couple weeks before this dream and I decided Saturday that I would skip the sermon on Sunday. Then the dream was Saturday night. So, because of the dream I decided to watch the sermon. The preacher said in the sermon to face your fears and DON’T RUN!

Something else that I want to add, yesterday I was researching the Gregorian Chant and came across a nun’s blog talking about it and she referred to the Gregorian Chant as “the Word made song”. I thought that was interesting because of the song I heard in my dream and my response to the lady about it.

 

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The title of this post is actually the name of a song by Sacred Spirit. It’s a Native American chant sung by Navajo  Kee Chee Jake. This song has words of healing and cleansing in it sung in his Navajo language.  That’s exactly what has happened to me from listening to the song! I have something really amazing to share and it has to do with my post, My Dream: To Lie Down In Green Pastures. By the way Navajo means great plain, like what I saw in my dream.

My dream was about being in heaven with Jesus in a big grassy field with other people around. I had thought of the Psalm by David talking about green pastures, God has revealed to me what I actually saw and I am astounded! This message is for everyone who is born again! It’s assurance of the new earth to come and that we will have a place in it. I am so excited about what I experienced!

I know I was led to listen to this song because I was looking for the Gregorian chant music to start with and found this song. I liked it right away, but didn’t think much about it. The same day I was reading a post from As He Is….So Are We and he suggested to think of a soundtrack for your life story.https://1john417.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/what-is-the-soundtrack-of-your-story/ Since I had been listening to this song and the Gregorian chants I thought this would suit me good. Little did I know it really would become the soundtrack of my life! Then I received a comment on my dream post giving me an interpretation of the dream. I read this interpretation last Friday night before going to bed. Since I had the song on my mp3 player I decided to listen to it while going to sleep. I started listening and the words from the interpretation of my dream were flowing into my mind as they were being said by Jesus. I felt His presence with me and it felt just like in my dream. My heart melted and I had tears streaming down my face. I knew what had been blocking me from Jesus’ love, ME. It’s ME who puts a wall up and isolates myself, even from Jesus. It’s not everyone leaving me, it’s I HAVE LEFT THEM! I couldn’t sleep, I laid there crying and listening to this song for 5 hours or more basking in the presence of Jesus! I didn’t want to leave!

Saturday night I couldn’t wait to do the same thing again, be with Jesus through this music. I already felt cleansed and renewed, but I crave being with Him so I listened to the music again and this time God spoke to me. In my half awake state the chant became the English words: Shannon will not die, Shannon’s always on time. The word arrive derci was also in my mind before these phrases. I made sure I would remember these words so I could look them up Sunday morning.

I found the Biblical meaning of Shannon to mean a plain, flat pasture. (http://www.biblical-baby-names.com/meaning-of-shannon.html) It then gives a Biblical context of the plain of Sharon. I had never heard of such a place but found out that it’s along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Then I found some interesting information from a Bible Study website:http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/20020729.htm , about how this plain of Sharon is mentioned in the book of Isaiah to be the place where believers will be with Jesus in the New Earth.  As it’s described in Isaiah, it will be lush green grass and everything will be peaceful. Just as I experienced in my dream! Highway

Prophesy clearly describes Sharon at a future time when it will again include secure, peaceful pastures:

“I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of My mountains; My chosen shall inherit it, and My servants shall dwell there. Sharon shall become a pasture for flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, for my people who have sought Me” (Isaiah 65:9-10 RSV)

This is from the Bible Study link above.

 

It has been made REAL to me that God does have a place for us in the future! Another song on my player , Never Let Go, woke me up with  the words: There is a light for the heart that holds on. Paul’s words came to my mind, fight the good fight.

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I got a revelation about the fight! It doesn’t have to do with living, the fight is fighting to keep Jesus in our conscience!  It’s a GOOD fight because at the end we get to be with Jesus and that is a place where I want to be!

The movie I recently watched The Lake House, led me to Carlo Carretto, he is a great spiritual writer, I suggest looking him up and reading his quotes. He said he figured out that all God wants is our prayer and love! When we are able to really connect with God through our love of Jesus it is truly a joy unspeakable! I have been there for 2 days now and can’t stop and don’t want to!

That last word arrive derci, it means farewell until we meet again.  I think Jesus was telling me I will be in this place with Him in my future. I am so excited and so looking forward to that day!

Here is a link to the song if you are interested, it’s awesome! This song is heaven on earth to me! When we receive Jesus’ love we can then give it to others. Being afraid to love keeps us from fully experiencing love and life! And yes sometimes it hurts, but that’s how you know it’s REAL.