My dear friend Shawne suffered terribly from childhood diabetes. At 23 years old, she lost her eyesight. A few years later she was forced on a home dialysis machine 4Xs a day. While Shawne had lots to complain about such as hospitals, blood tests, needles and food restrictions – she never did. She was amazing!
We were the best of girlfriends and as girlfriends do – we spent HOURS talking on the phone. Frankly, I was more blessed to be her friend than she was to be my good will recipient. But sadly, Shawne went home to be with the Lord. I am so glad she is in a better place without pain. But I have to tell you – I still miss her!
One day I was crying to God, “Heavenly Father, I know Shawne is in heaven, but would you please say hello to her for me? That evening the Lord spoke in a most unusual dream:
I dreamt the phone rang. I answered it, but was shocked at the voice I heard. It was Shawne’s and she was calling from heaven! She told me about sitting on her bed watching cartoons with her favorite dog Freckles. She told me how happy she was. I tried to speak back, but apparently the call was only one-way. I can’t explain it, but this phone call seemed so real!
Matthew 5:4 says “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Apparently God heard me and used this absolutely wild dream of a phone call to comfort me. But my story gets better…..
After Shawne’s passing, her mom Peggy and I became friends. One day over lunch, I bravely shared my experience thinking it might comfort her. But truthfully, I was afraid she would’t believe me. As I spoke, her eyes teared up. She knew exactly what I was talking about – for Shawne had called her too! WOW!
I know this sounds crazy, but could God use dream experiences to speak? I say YES! He wants to speak to you and me – to direct our path, to encourage and comfort and to reveal things about ourselves to help us. But why?
So go ahead and talk to Him just like I did that day. Be honest with Him. Speak with all your heart. Tell Him how you are feeling and expect an answer. I know He’ll speak to you too.
He loves you so much! He’ll even be your valentine!
Wishing you a happy valentine’s month and your own phone call from heaven….. <3 <3 <3