So this happened…And I have a feeling we’re not the only ones who go through this…
Wednesday night, my daughter had a disturbing dream. The enemy came into our home. He took off his mask and said, “CHANGE OF PLANS!” She woke up in a sweat. It was dark and scary. She finally told us about the dream after a pow-wow our family had Saturday night…and it all made sense.
Saturday morning was great. But the afternoon got ugly. Definite spiritual attack. The kids were awful and nasty to each other. I got very angry and overwhelmed about it. Then Dan came home and it got worse. What was supposed to be a fun family evening turned into a disheartening meeting in the living room. EVERYONE felt defeated. EVERYONE shed tears. There was definitely a spirit of…giving up and throwing in the towel. It was not pretty. Nothing good about it. A total mess.
We were trying to figure it all out…how to get to a happy, healthy place. But there was no way there from where we were. NO WAY. Words were said that should have never been said. Wounds went deep.
But God is even in the darkest of times and places. Even in that living room where we didn’t feel the faintest glimpse of Him.
In the middle of all this, Dan had a terrible headache. He gets those sometimes. So do I. Then it hit me…God wants to meet us here, in our mess. God knew. He saw it coming. He wasn’t absent. And He knew about Dan’s headache too.
I abruptly suggested we stop the striving and expression of hurt. We all stood up and gathered around Dan, put our hands on him, and prayed over him…that God would be in this place with us and heal/take away the headache. And IMMEDIATELY…He felt a tingling sensation in the back of his neck, AND IT WAS GONE.
Every one of us stood there literally watching God – there with us – in our mess. The energy shifted. The message was clear: Yes, things are not good. It’s a mess. But God is greater, and He wants to make His presence known – in a real and obvious way…..if we’ll just let Him. And His purpose? To destroy the works of the devil, to turn the bad into good. We couldn’t do that on our own.
We prayed and thanked God for the healing and for being with us. Then forgiveness came for each other. Instantly. We all hugged. A way was made…where there had been no way before.
We stayed up much later than we’d planned. But it was good. We had energy. We played games together and made shrimp tacos and chocolate chip cookies. There was laughing, smiling, hugging, teasing. We even recorded some video because the kids were being so funny and cute.
NOT how we expected things would turn out.
So now, to the enemy in my daughter’s dream: What you meant for evil, God meant for good. The hurtful, damaging things that could have been filed to our permanent memories, turned out to be a place where we’ll now always remember that GOD SHOWED UP.
So guess what, enemy, CHANGE OF PLANS!
I forever thank God that my daughter, along with our whole family, could experience and witness Him overcoming the enemy’s plans for us. Love over fear. Light over darkness. Deliverance from evil. God is with us. And if He us for us, who can be against us?
“Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”