Monday, 22 July 2019

M Michele's Musings

A Crazy Little Dream and a Lesson

Sometimes I have the strangest dreams.   Last night I experienced a dream that was so filled with emotion that I woke from a dead sleep feeling totally spent.  The dream has stuck with me and has left me speculating as to the possible meaning of the dream.

I dreamed that I was visiting an old friend, Pam, over a weekend.  Something was nipping at my heels and I turned around thinking it was our Rottweiler, Ace, only to find that it was a fairly large Rottweiler puppy.  Then I heard someone say that they had brought Pam’s Chihuahua for emergency delivery of puppies.  I immediately had an inkling that the father had to have been Ace.  A touch of niggling guilt arose in my mind because I assumed my dog, Ace, was the culprit.  As I turned around, there lay Pam’s Chihuahua with twelve puppies laying around her and all vying to suckle.  Half were large Rottweiler puppies and the other half were small Chihuahua puppies.  I then asked if she had them natural to which someone replied, yes.  I contemplated the large Rottweiler puppies as I continued to watch the Chihuahua mom.  I felt the welling of tears start because though it seemed as if she was in pain, there was such love in her eyes as she allowed all the pups near her tiny little body.  People were all around watching the scene.  I also stood next to the crowd.  I felt my heart being overwhelmed with emotion, tears were pouring until I was sobbing uncontrollably with my face in my hands.      

Dreams are always so surreal.  I haven’t seen Pam in over 20 years as she moved away and we have lost touch but she has been on my heart lately.  Ace is my husband’s “man” dog who scares me a bit so I couldn’t account for him going anywhere with me on a trip.  I don’t even know if Pam owns a dog and if she does, what kind of dog she owns.  I can’t even imagine why a Chihuahua was in the dream.  And of course, time-wise, none of this could have taken place in a weekend visit.   The emotion I experienced in the dream was deep and surprising.  Who knows all the reasons we dream what we dream and why we feel what we feel as a result.  Dreams are often so strange and out there that you wonder where they came from and why you had the dream in the first place.

Even now, the dream stands out to me because of the profound emotion I was feeling as I watched the mother suckle twelve puppies, six of them as big as she was.  I remember wondering how she survived the whole ordeal and how in the world she could make enough milk to feed those twelve puppies.   It was her little face and expression that stood out the most.  Her large round eyes were plaintively filled with emotions: pain, care, love and determination.

It seemed as if she was making a statement to the world around her.  Yes, I am in pain. Yes, I am hurting.  It doesn’t matter because I am going to fulfill my duty as a mother to all these newly born pups.  I am going to care for them.  I am going to love them.  I am determined to fight the fight despite the odds that are seemingly against me.  In those eyes I saw resolve and purpose.   

The dream made me think about stories you always hear about people who survive due to sheer will power.  They are determined to survive and prevail.  I am reminded of instances where there should have been terrible outcomes but the people involved survived against all odds.  These are the people who resolve to stand in the face of disaster and declare that although times may be tough they will triumph. 

This led me to thoughts about Job.  Everything Job had was taken from him except his life.  He lost all his children and wealth in one day and was left in excruciating pain, a terrible malady, a bitter wife and friends who accused him of being a sinful man because of the bad things that happened to him.  Despite everything, Job endured, he believed and trusted God to bring him through stating, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” Job 13:15a. Job was a determined man.  I believe that it was his love for and relationship with God that enabled to endure and triumph in the end.   

Though the Chihuahua/Rottweiler dream was quite strange, there is a lesson there that can be taken to heart. Determination and love can make us all conquerors.  We all have a choice to be determined, to love, to conquer, to prevail and to triumph no matter the odds.  Sometimes that is just what it takes.  We have all heard stories of survivors.  There is always the common thread that they were thinking of their loved ones.  They had to push their way past all the difficulties to survive.  There are rewards for those that stand determined.  Just as Job was rewarded two-fold for all he lost, others who prevail receive rewards as well.  Survivors that overcome and triumph are blessed to love again and to be loved.  Life becomes more precious and they live to tell a tale and to encourage others who may go through similar hard times.  Praying that you will be determined and be able to say with Paul. “I have fought the good fight, finished the race and kept the faith.”  

I have fought the good fight,

I have finished the race,

I have kept the faith.

                                                                                                       2 Timothy 4:7

 Love in Christ, Michele

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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