Saturday, July 6, 2019

What If the Mayor Calls?

I had a dream in which I was attending a professional convention held at an elegant hotel, accompanied by my son, who in the dream was still a small child. We had checked in to a luxurious suite on the penthouse level, provided gratis by the organizer, and I had started to unpack the bags that the bellman had delivered, full of beautiful garments I didn’t recognize.

I suddenly felt overwhelmed by the urge to explore our surroundings, and in my haste I left piles of clothing on the sofa rather than placing them in drawers, and even left jewelry out on the tables in the sitting area. I grabbed my son’s hand and led him into the hall, not even minding that the door was unlocked and open. Even worse, our suite was by a busy elevator where many people were coming and going, laughing, chattering and dressed for an evening of partying.

“But what if the mayor calls?” my son asked.

I looked at him quizzically, then giggled. “Well, if he does, I’m sure he’ll leave a message.”

We got on the elevator, surrounded by the intoxicating aromas of perfume, cologne, and alcohol swirling through wispy clouds of cigarette smoke. I sighed, starting to regret bringing my son into this tainted atmosphere. Soon we reached the basement and exited near the pool, where the air was heavy with chlorine and the muffled sounds of pump filters and whirlpool jets.

I had thought we might go for a swim, but the pool was packed with seniors doing a water aerobics class. So we boarded the elevator again and exited on the third floor, where a formal ball was in progress. My son had learned to dance when he was five, so I suggested we go back to our room and change for the party.

Thankfully, someone had closed and locked the door of our room after we had left, and it appeared that nothing had been disturbed. My son pointed out that there was a blinking silver light near the ornately carved, ivory telephone with gold filigree trim.

“Maybe the mayor called,” he said.

I shrugged, not really wanting to check messages. “Oh, we’ll worry about that later.”

I awoke with a sense of remorse over not listening to my son’s repeated warning, for out of the mouths of babes comes praise and strength (Matthew 21:15-16; Psalm 8:2). To be saved by trusting in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior Who died to pay for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) to give His followers eternal life (John 3:16), we must have a childlike faith (Matthew 18:3-4; 19:14).

One day Jesus Christ will return again to defeat the enemies of Israel and the devil himself, and He will then reign over the new Jerusalem for one thousand years as the Mayor of that holy city and as Lord over all (Revelation 21:1-5). We must wait for, heed and follow the Mayor’s call!

As born-again believers (John 3:3-8), we are so blessed to have the privilege of constant communication with Him even now, should we so desire (Hebrews 4:16). Yet He will not force His will or His guidance on us (Revelation 3:20), and so often we are guilty of ignoring His still, small voice (1 Kings 19:12) and not even caring to listen to what He has to say (1 Thessalonians 5:19, Ephesians 4:30).

In the dream, I dismissed my son’s reminders to wait for the Mayor’s call, because I was too distracted by worldly lures, represented by the hints of drinking and flirtation on the elevator. But Scripture tells us to be sanctified, or set apart (Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11). We should flee temptation (2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Corinthians 10:13) or risk being dragged down to the basement level. The world offers “solutions” to the consequences of succumbing to these temptations, symbolized in the dream by the chlorine in the pool and rituals to improve physical fitness.

But nothing but the blood of Christ can wash away our sins (Revelation 1:5), and for a daily cleansing we need to be washed in the pure, living water (John 4:10-14) of His Word (Ephesians 5:26) that forever quenches our thirst! What a contrast to harsh chlorine that could burn us and yet not protect us from all bacteria and parasites, representing the filthy contaminants in today’s world. The consequences of sin are disease and death, and only Jesus is the cure (Romans 6:21-23). Physical exercise is of little benefit if we are spiritually unfit (1 Timothy 4:8).

Evangelicals often frown upon all dancing, yet there is a distinction between worldly dancing, used as a sexual provocation (Matthew 14:6-9), and dancing as an expression of joy and worship. Approximately two thirds of references to dancing in Scripture are in the context of offering praise to the Lord (Psalm 150:4), as in David dancing before the Lord (2 Samuel 6:14), Miriam rejoicing over God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage (Exodus 15:20-21), and even John the Baptist leaping for joy in the presence of His Savior while he was still in his mother’s womb! (Luke 1:41-44)

Dancing to me is a unique form of human expression because it involves our whole triune being: body, soul and spirit, reflecting the image of God as the Trinity (Genesis 1:26-27), symbolized in the dream by the third floor where the dance was taking place. Once my husband and I were saved, we realized that God had uniquely equipped us through our dancing experience and training to use this art form as a ministry to reach the lost with the Gospel message.

Upon awakening from the dream, I also experienced regret that I was not saved until my son was 10 years old, and that I had therefore missed the potential opportunity of raising him in a Christian environment before then. But praise the Lord, His timing is always perfect (Ephesians 1:10), and He did give me the opportunity to share the Gospel and Scripture with my son once I was saved. Thanks be to God that our son came to know the Lord soon after we did, and he recently married a Godly woman and they are members of a Bible preaching church.

Once we are saved, we are seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6), represented in the dream by the lovely penthouse suite He had so graciously provided as a freely given gift. The abundant blessings of clothing and jewelry are reminiscent of our garments of salvation, for the Lord has covered us with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns himself with ornaments, and as a bride with her jewels (Isaiah 61:10).
These freely given gifts also reminded me of how the prodigal son was treated when he returned home to his Father (Luke 15:22). Yet, like the prodigal, we often fail to be good stewards (1 Peter 4:10), indicated in the dream by my carelessly leaving these blessings strewn about and unsecured. Praise the Lord, He is faithful (1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13) even when we are not, and in the dream someone else had locked the door, protecting us from the consequences of my being irresponsible.

The dream reminded me to listen and follow when our Lord calls, to remain in the world and yet not of it by being set apart, and to flee temptation. May we be Godly examples to those He entrusts to our care and good stewards of all the many blessings He has provided, until He comes again!

© 2019 Laurie Collett


Frank E. Blasi said...

Dear Laurie,
Your dream of leaving the hotel room unsecured reminds me on what happened a couple of years ago.
It was a beautiful Summer's day one Sunday, therefore our church elders has decided for the whole fellowship to spend the day at the seaside. West Wittering in Hampshire was chosen as our destination.
A close friend of ours arrived in his car in the morning to collect both of us (Alex and myself) for a two-hour trip to the beach. We had a great time, all of us.
When it was time to return home, I discovered that my house keys were absent from their normal place. Panicking, I searched everywhere for them, without success. My friend suggested that they were left in the front door lock.
We were dropped off at our house late that evening. We found the front door wide open with the keys in the lock. When I checked everything within, I found that nothing was missing or even touched.
"God has posted an angel to deter any potential thieves or opportunists!" I exclaimed.
But my friend replied that what deterred any unlawful entry was their belief that we were in.
Whoever was right, the mercy of God in this situation couldn't be denied.
As you spelled out so well in your blog, our salvation from Adam's fall is entirely of God's mercy, even if we at times miss opportunities or disobey him, his mercy endures.
An excellent blog, God bless.

Laurie Collett said...

Dear Frank,
Thanks so much for sharing this excellent illustration of God's miraculous protection. It reminds me of when I was working in the VA Hospital, a place visited by thousands of people daily, most of whom were of limited means. After having worked since 8AM and being ready to leave around 6PM, I suddenly realized in a panic that my wallet with credit cards and cash was missing! I retraced all my steps during that busy day and finally found it where I had left it first thing in the morning, highly visible on top of the toilet tank in the stall of a public restroom. Anyone who so desired could have simply shut the door and had ample time to remove the credit cards or cash, yet nothing had been disturbed.
Praise the Lord for His mercy and protection, even though at that time I would not be saved until about a decade later!
Thanks as always for sharing your experience. God bless,

Donald Fishgrab said...

Great post, Laurie. So many are too busy to listen to the still small voice of God in our efforts to accomplish something we think is more important.

Laurie Collett said...

Thanks, Donald! His ways and thoughts are higher than ours, and we would be wise to yield to His will.
God bless,

Sateigdra knowles said...

Hi Laurie, this was a very encouraging post. Thanks for sharing this with us. God bless you. :-)

Laurie Collett said...

Thank you, Sateigdra! I'm blessed to hear that you were encouraged by the post. God bless you too!