I was invited to guest blog for my friend, Stephanie Ehmke – an amazing writer, speaker and teacher. She has some awesome posts about living with hope in a broken world. I love reading her encouraging and truth filled posts. When Stephanie approached me about writing for her blog, Echoes of Hope, she had only one criteria – a theme of hope. The thread of hope has been consistent in my life and I was excited to write about it.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21:4 (NIV)
“I have had a consistent nightmare since I was a child. It doesn’t happen often but when it does, I can’t shake the emotions that haunt me after I wake. In the dream, I don’t know who I am or where I am going. It’s pitch black and I’m completely alone. All of the sudden, I realize I’m falling fast through cold night air. I never get to the end of the nightmare. Before I know it, my body jerks me violently awake. I’m usually sweating and shaken up enough that it takes me awhile to get back to sleep.
For years, I couldn’t pinpoint the emotion or feeling that comes over me when I think of a life without Jesus. Then I had another nightmare. It was the first one I have had in a few years and a realization swept over me. The spiritually dark and foreboding feeling that lingered for hours after the dream is the same hollow ache I get in the pit of my stomach when I try and comprehend going through tragedy or crisis without Jesus. I imagine it would feel similar to the terrifying experience in my dream — hurtling through darkness with nothing to grasp onto, falling to what is sure to be certain death.”
If you want to read the rest, head on over to her site and check it out!