The other day I had a dream just before I woke up. Maybe even as I was waking. I felt a weight on the bed and I thought one of our cats wanted to tell me that it was time to be fed. When I opened my eyes there was the head of a lion looking down on me and then the lion disappeared. I wondered what that dream might mean, looking at a couple of possibilities. I came to the conclusion that this was the Lion of Judah. This was the image of Christ. Still I wondered what was the message I needed to hear.
This morning I felt compelled to go to the altar at Asbury, where I am now working, and I began to pray for people on my list, particularly my family. And then, as is my custom, I was quiet, and extended my arms with palms up waiting to hear what God wanted me to know and receive. Then something unusual happened. Normally in that position I can feel the Spirit, the power, the energy of God coming through my hands and arms. Today I felt the energy and power flow from me. That never happened before and I was confused.
The Lord began to speak. The image of the Lion was the assurance that I am with you, that I am a part of you. Keep going the way you are going. Keep leading this church, this congregation. But do not forget the words of Paul that it is in our weakness that God’s strength can be seen. It is not what you can do for me but what I can do through you. That is why I took your energy and power, that your strength might be in me.
I began to pray, “Fall afresh on me. Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me. Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.” As I sat before the Lord I then felt that power and strength begin to fill me once again. This time it was not from above but from within me, within my heart and soul that power began to fill me. And I realized that as my energy and power were lifted up to God, God’s strength and power could then move within me. It is not what I do for God or in the name of God. It is all about what God can do in me and through me. I remember the words of the Baptist saying that I must decrease that Christ may increase. I guess it is about time I learned that lesson again. And maybe the people of God, the Church, needs to be reminded of that as well.