It was 2 a.m. about three and half years ago, when I woke up from a dream. I can recall every detail-every word- just as if it happened last night. Dreams and their respective meanings are told all throughout the Bible- Joseph and the Pharaoh, Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar. Dreams all offering insight and a specific word from God. I have prayed and prayed for revelation of this dream, trying to make it fit a particular decision or event that awaits to take place. It is only now that I realize what my dream means for my life and how it can impact yours as well.
I enter a room with a long table. A table that seemed to go on and on for miles. Other people around me began to come and sit at the table. I found the closest empty seat and sat down. After everyone was seated, a man in a long, white robe-not a bath robe- but a robe accustomed to be worn centuries ago in the Middle East, entered the room. The person next to me whispered: “Do you know who he is?” I simply replied “No.” He continued, “He is a close man to God.”
Somehow in my dream, I could feel the importance of this man, even though I could not fully see his face. The man called my name and asked me to follow him. He led me down a straight and narrow hallway. He stopped in front of a large, wooden door at the end of the hall. He opened the door as I proceeded to follow. The door opened to a beautiful garden-one so breathtaking- full of color and light. I stood in awe and could feel the warmth of the sun’s rays on my skin. It was as if I wasn’t dreaming at all, but actually there.
I asked the man: “Where am I?” He replied, “This is the place where God will reveal to me what He wants to tell you.” He paused for a brief moment and said “Your mouth has been closed, but soon it will open and walls of Jericho will come down.”
In that moment, I woke up. The next morning, I opened my Bible and read the story of Joshua and the wall of Jericho. Being raised in the church, I was very familiar with the Sunday School lesson about Joshua’s army, marching around the fortified city, blowing their trumpets, causing a impossible structure to crumble like a dry piece of bread. Joshua’s army entered the city- the promised land- and claimed it.
A little history of this Biblical classic…Joshua was the new leader of the Israelites after the passing of Moses. The Israelites had been wandering in the desert for forty years, waiting for God’s promise to give them their land. The only thing that stood between God’s people and their promise was a large wall- a wall that surrounded the entire city of Jericho. It seemed like an impossible feat. Nothing could break this barrier.
God instructed Joshua to lead his army around the city. The army marched once around the city for six days, carrying their trumpets, but remained in total silence. On the seventh day, Joshua was instructed to march his army around the city seven times. On the seventh march around, the priests blew their trumpets. At the sound of the trumpet blast, Joshua yelled: “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to God.”…and with that battle cry, the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Even today, historians and scholars are baffled at the remains of the wall of Jericho.
Many times in my life, I have faced walls like Jericho- the circumstances that seem impossible and bleak. We stand, facing the wall- vast and wide- focused on the problem, not seeing the promise that lies right behind it. I am not a “name it and claim it believer,” where if you believe, just name it and it’s yours. But I do believe as sons and daughters of Christ, we have inherited specific promises over our lives. I have watched many walls crumble before me. Impossibilities become possible, dreams become reality, and God’s unfailing faithfulness weaving throughout it all.
I believe Jericho is a demonstration of how God wants us to live. Joshua first had to be obedient (He had to follow God’s specific will, regardless of whether he understood or agreed with the plan or not). Second, Joshua had to place his trust in God (He knew the wall was big, but that God was bigger). Third, Joshua had to have faith in the promises of God (when his army took that first step to march, they also took a step of faith, still not knowing exactly how God was going to deliver Jericho into their hands) . And fourthly, but certainly not last, Joshua gave God the praise (He lifted up his voice to heaven in a loud cry- “Shout! For God has given us the city!”
We can exercise this same strategy in our own lives. You might not march around your job seven times and claim victory over the boss you can’t stand to work for. Not every story in the Bible is meant to be literal. But we must remember that in every situation, every wall we face in life, God has given us a battle plan- a strategy. Obey His will. Trust in His plan. Walk in faith. And give God the praise! This is how we claim the victory. Even when the circumstances don’t fall in our favor, this is what God has called us to do. But I will say, He is always true to His Word and He always keeps His promises! Trust in the Promises!
So in whatever we face, don’t focus on the wall, but “lift your eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1 & 2).
The Humble Homemaker