Uprising
Dreams - May 9, 2021 Author: Jeanette Green

Uprising

It’s the new school year, and I arrive at my new school—a public school. My classroom’s entrance is on the inside of a big hall. The class doesn’t have a door. Instead, there is only a wire across the entrance so that everyone in the hall can see what happens in class. The wire has a sliding lock that is difficult to open, which offers a challenge to anyone who wants to enter the class. My teacher presents his lecture with a unique style, in the form of a musical performance that displays his talents.

I need to fetch my suitcase from the deck where the students leave their suitcases before school in the mornings. Teacher says I can go with him to fetch my suitcase. We leave together and come to the end of the passage at the front of the school. I have to turn right to fetch my suitcase from the deck. My teacher walks straight, towards the beach, into the sea.

As I turn right, I see it is high tide. The breakers of the sea wash over the passage but pull back far in again. I try to calculate if I have enough time to run through to the deck, while the water pulls back.
The next moment a tsunami rises up and looms over the two-story deck. It is about to crash down! To try and get my suitcase from the deck, now, will be pure madness. But, everything I have is in my suitcase. Where will I get what I need for school?

I know I must get as far as possible away from the wall of water. So I run towards my classroom. The floodwaters should wash up any remains at the principal's office. When the tsunami has passed, I will go and search for my suitcase there.

The tsunami breaks and the water level rises quickly. I wade through waist-high water and at some points walk through knee-high water. All around me, suitcases drift on the water. I see kids shake the suitcases out and take what they want.

At the principal's office, there are no suitcases, but there are many beautiful hair clips displayed on his desk. I see a hair clip I like and put it in my hair to see what it looks like.
“You can keep it,” the principal says.

Interpretation:
Over the next couple of years, there will be a big uprising of the people (in South Africa, and also throughout the world), civil unrest, and widespread looting. Because God is stirring up the sea of people, as part of His plan to display His power and glory. It is a “school” of some sort, a ‘public school’ for all people.
Although He displays His power to all people, He reserves a special place of intimacy for His children. And so, if we draw near to Him, He imparts wisdom and understanding to us through the Holy Spirit.
Despite the chaos we see around us, God is certainly in control. We do not need to fear. Instead, we should come away from the world and draw near to God, where we will be safe.
The turmoil in this world may affect our physical lives. We may lose things we can never get back. But God promises to give us beauty for ashes.

Our hope:
God is in charge, of everything. Like with the plagues of Egypt, God has orchestrated a grand plan to display His glory in South Africa and in the world. For us, His children, it is time to draw near to Him. And if we have not yet fully surrendered to Him, now is the time. When we lay our lives down in full submission to God, we are hidden in Christ, with God. We find shelter in the shadow of His wing.

Scripture reference
Who gave Israel up to the looters? It was the LORD himself, against whom we sinned! We would not live as he wanted us to live or obey the teachings he gave us. So he made us feel the force of his anger and suffer the violence of war. Like fire, his anger burned throughout Israel, but we never knew what was happening; we learned nothing at all from it. (Isa 42:24-25)

Israel, the LORD who created you says, "Do not be afraid, I will save you. I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through the fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you. For I am the LORD your God, the holy God of Israel, who saves you. I will give up Egypt to set you free; I will give up Ethiopia and Seba. I will give up whole nations to save your life, because you are precious to me and because I love you and give you honor. (Isa 43:1-4)

The words "once more" plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain. Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe; because our God is indeed a destroying fire. (Heb 12:27-29)

Prayer:
Father God, pour a spirit of repentance out over all of your children. Give us the grace to turn away from idolatry, from our sinful desires, and the ways of this world. Bring us in under Your wing, oh God, and keep us safe. Daily renew our strength, revive our joy, and fill us with peace, as we draw near to You. Thank you for the assurance that we do not need to fear, no matter how chaotic the world around us becomes. We will not be shaken. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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