This morning I woke up around two thirty after having a dream, which I wrote down:
I dreamt that a young man came to see me, with two gifts. They were both Bibles. We chatted a bit about how much he enjoyed my website and my writing, and so wanted to give me a Bible as a token of appreciation.
I smiled and opened the first box. In it was a gorgeous hardcover edition of the New American Standard Bible. I oohed and aahed over it and mentioned how happy I was with it, since I had the NASB electronically but didn’t have a hard copy. Then he gave me the second Bible, saying I might like it better. It was also a nice hardcover edition, this time of the Revised English Bible. Again I fussed over it, and mentioned that I didn’t have this particular translation.
As I opened these gifts, I asked him if he had ever felt called to ministry. He said that at one time he did entertain the possibility of such a vocation, but decided against it, since it was a time when he had fallen away from God and was caught in sin. In fact, the idea of a “vocation” had helped him to get closer to God.
We chatted a bit more, and he kept pressing me to make a choice between the Bibles. I said that, really, I liked them both. He offered to take one back and re-wrap it for me, since I would probably want to re-gift it to someone else at some point. I looked at him, and said, “Your dad put you up to this, right? He’s trying to figure out if I’m a liberal or a conservative, by which translation of the Bible I’d pick. Only I’m foiling the plan because I want them both.” He blushed slightly. I laughed. “It’s okay. I’ll be happy to give him back one of these Bibles, but tell him we’ll need to talk first.” With that I took both gifts.
As he was leaving, I said, “I just have one thought for you. The fact that you felt far away from God is not a sign that you didn’t have a call. Keep this in mind: it is not the absence of sin that defines a call to ministry, but rather the presence of repentance.”
Then when I woke up at six, I went for a walk, and saw the loveliest alignment of Venus, the Moon, and Jupiter, all in a line in the east sky above the glow of the soon-to-be-rising sun. I snapped a picture and of course it’s only iPhone quality, but hopefully it will give you a glimpse of the celestial beauty. Jupiter (least visible in the snapshot) is a barely-visible dot near the top of the image, just right of center; Venus is just beneath the moon in the center of the shot. Of course, the sun’s glow is at the bottom (along with the top of a neighborly tree). I didn’t see any meteors (the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower was just this past weekend) but I feel blessed enough with this lovely good morning kiss from the heavens.