On July 24, 2018, I had a terrifying dream. The dream shook me so much that I did not even write down my dreams for a couple of months. I guess I thought if I didn’t write them down that I wouldn’t have them anymore. I always seem to find a way to try to run from things I am afraid of.
In the dream, my husband and I were driving on a large highway. There was a huge fire blocking the road. All I could see in front of me was smoke and flames. I was driving in our family suburban, and my husband was behind me driving an old Cadillac (we don’t have one of those). We were talking on the phone about what to do. Eric suggested we get closer and try to go around, but there was no visible way to do that. We lost connection on the phone, so I flipped the suburban and went across the grass in the median to get away and go the opposition direction of the fire.
Eric followed me, and we ended up in an old, bare apartment. The walls were dirty, and it felt completely destitute. I was shaken to the core. I tried to call my sister to see if she and my kids were okay, but I couldn’t get in touch with her. I walked to the window to look out and saw the fire coming. I yelled out to my husband, but he did not seem worried. I was seized with alarm and was hurrying to get out of the apartment. I grabbed my shoes and ran down the halls of the building banging on all of the doors to alert people to get out!
When we got outside, I saw my sister and our kids walking up. The fire was closing in behind them. I looked around, and I saw a football team practicing in the short distance. The fire was moving toward them too, but there was not enough time to go warn them. We were all surrounded with fire that was closing us in on every side. We ran back inside to the lobby of the apartment building, and I told my kids to hide in a bathroom stall and stand on the toilet to stay safe (like that was going to do something).
I was in such a panic trying to figure out what to do. Toward the back of the lobby I saw a few steps that led down to a room, so I called for Eric, and we went down the steps. There was what seemed like a demon-possessed woman throwing glass plates, vases, etc. against the wall, so we went back to the lobby. Right then huge lava bubbles were coming through the main door. I finally just fell to my knees and frantically called out, “JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, JESUS!”
Almost immediately, the lava bubbles turned white and popped into a splat on the floor. My youngest daughter jumped off the toilet to touch the white lava and said, “Look, mommy, it’s just candy.” I screamed for her to stop touching it and then woke up panting in a cold sweat.
The dream felt so real and terrifying that I could not even focus on the amazing fact that Jesus saved us from any harm. I was so shaken. Later that day the news reported on two fires that happened the day before on July 23, 2018. There had been a wildfire in Athens, Greece in which 82 people died. In addition, the mechanical failure of a vehicle started a blaze in Whiskeytown, California, which was rapidly spreading and was only 3% contained at the time of reading the report. An ABC News page, showed a photo of a house burning on Sunflower Road in Redding, California, which captured my attention because I live on Sunflower Lane here in Texas!
I believe the dream allowed me to pray for those affected by the reported fires in a deeper way. Now that some time has passed, I am able to see and appreciate how miraculously Jesus saved me in such a great time of need! In the dream, I was running over my husband and running around like chicken with my head cut off instead of calling on the Lord. I only called out on Him when I couldn’t figure out anything else to do. When I finally did, He turned the lava into candy! I believe He can and will miraculously save me just the same if ever I am in that situation in waking life!
Isaiah 43:2–“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.”