The other night I had a strange dream that really impacted me. I dreamed was sitting in the living room of our house, reading, when suddenly, a bee appeared and started buzzing around me. Now, I’m allergic to bee stings, so I’m usually a bit wary when a bee starts buzzing around me. I don’t panic, but usually get up and move away. In my dream though, I sat there for a few moments while the angry sounding bee, buzzed around me.
I glanced away for a second, at the window and saw that it was closed, so I wondered how the bee had got in. Then, when I looked again, a second bee had joined the first one. Within a split second there was a third, a fourth and suddenly I was surrounded by a swarm.
Fear started to rise up in me and I tried to make a run for it, into the kitchen. Interestingly, none of the bees had actually stung me, even though I was jumping around, waving my arms, exactly as you are not supposed to do!
Then in the midst of this ‘bee storm’ I suddenly had the presence of mind to shout ‘Jesus, help me!’ And just as suddenly as the bees had arrived they vanished.
I woke up and that point and went downstairs to get a glass of water. As I sat there, sipping my water, the Holy Spirit started to explain to me what the dream meant.
Our enemy, the devil, usually attacks just like those bees -Sudden and seemingly out of nowhere. I often hear people say, ‘I don’t know what’s wrong with me. Everything was going well and suddenly everything seems to be going wrong for me.”
Maybe you’ve felt that way yourself? I know I have. When you’re feeling strong, life is good, work is ticking well, family are all healthy and ministry involvement is effective, strong and you feel connected to God and your church family. Then suddenly, for no apparent reason, you wake up one morning feeling as though you’re in a pit.
The word ‘Beware’ dropped into my heart, as I sat pondering my dream. I thought immediately 1 Peter 5:8 where it says: “be sober minded, be watchful. (Some versions say ‘Beware’) Your adversary the the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour”
I got a dictionary and looked up the word ‘beware’. It means: Be cautious and alert to risks or dangers. Used to warn someone to be very careful about something or someone
How do I Keep Alert?
Philippians 4:8 NLT “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
1. Keep my thoughts under control.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying ‘it all starts with a thought’. It’s true! Every action starts with a thought, even making a cup of coffee.
Temptations and times of discouragement will come your way in your Christian walk. But think about those bees in the dream – How differently would the scenario have turned out had I calmly got up, opened the window and let that very first bee out, instead of allowing the bees time to gather into a swarm?
This is how we need to treat those thoughts that come as suddenly as that bee. One negative thought entertained is very quickly followed by another and then another, until your mind is overwhelmed by a swarm.
2. Fix my thoughts…
…on what is True, Honourable, Right, Pure, Lovely and Admirable.
The Bible doesn’t just tell us “don’t think bad thoughts”. God’s Word instructs us on how to have healthy thoughts that bring life to us.
Proverbs 4:20-24 Says it perfectly clearly. There’s no need for me to exegete this passage:
“My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.”
Let’s remember today to open the window and let that first bee out!🐝
Jill McIlreavy 💜