Now, I don't often remember my dreams and some are nothing more than my brain processing the random thoughts from my day, but sometimes I know the moment I wake up that a dream had just a bit more meaning...a bit of truth hidden within.
In my dream, I discovered we had rats hiding in a pile of clothes in my house. These weren't ordinary rats, but white and black ones - and they were BIG! They looked like the one we'd had for a pet a few years back, but these were not tame by any means. They were up to no good!
That is when my dream took a strange turn (like a bunch of white and black rats wasn't strange enough.) I took out my handgun and started to shoot at the rats. I only hit them about once out of every three shots and before long I ran out of ammunition! (Okay, in case you haven't figured it out - the strange part would be me even HOLDING a handgun, much less shooting it!)
I knew I had to get more ammo, so I ran to the hardware store and they handed me their last box. When I got back home, the cats were running away because the rats were taking over! This was even stranger since I don't OWN any cats! Time to get serious. I opened my new box of ammo only to discover I had a box of staples for a staple gun, not bullets for a regular gun. This wasn't going to do me much good unless I'm at REALLY close range. It was about that time that I woke up.
Now, I'm not really all that good at interpreting dreams, but as I give it just a little thought, I think I may know what this one meant.
We have an enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy...and he's pretty sneaky. He comes in wherever we leave an opening. We have power to defeat that enemy...the only problem is we don't have enough ammunition for the job. We're either firing blanks or nothing at all. Our ammunition is the Word of God that we have taken the time to memorize and hide in our hearts for the time when it is needed. I know I have been feeling the nudge to spend more time memorizing this year...something I have not taken nearly enough time to do. When I needed it most, I had to scramble and all I came up with were "staples" - good, but not what was needed in the situation.
I've been feeling for a while that God is up to something big...and I've also noticed that the enemy seems to be taking a lot of cheap shots at God's people. That shouldn't surprise anyone. If we can tell God is up to something, the enemy can tell it as well and as always he's doing all he can to stop the move. Our job is to make sure that during this time we spend time in the Word and make sure we are prepared for whatever comes our way.
In the words of my friends from Louisiana, we must be prepared to "Choot 'um" and that means being prepared through study of God's Word. I don't want to be caught with an empty gun in this battle...and I want to be sure that I hit 'um right between the eyes.
New International Version (NIV)
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
The Message (MSG)
3-6The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.