My son was saved yesterday. He has been struggling with this decision for about a year, and I believe he was fully ready to trust Jesus as his savior when he did so. Unprompted, he was broken and deeply sorrowful for sinning against God, and wanted Jesus to come live in his life so that he didn’t want to sin anymore. He told God he was sorry for sinning, and that he wanted Jesus to be his boss from now on.
While he was on the phone sharing his news with his Grammy (my mother), he asked her what Heaven looked like. She told him it was beautiful, and went on to describe what we know about Heaven from the Bible. “Have you ever seen it?” he asked. He was anxious to know what Heaven looked like, so Grammy told him before he went to sleep to ask God to allow him to dream about Heaven. Last night, at the end of our nightly prayer, he said, “…and God, if it’s okay, can you send me a dream tonight? I want to see what heaven looks like.”
…fast forward a few hours….
It’s 1:40 AM, and I hear him crying in bed. I run to see what is going on, and he says he had a very scary dream. I have to admit, my initial thought was “so much for his first prayer request as a new believer!” (oh ye of little faith…). I asked him what his dream was about to try to calm him down, and his narrative shook me to my very core. The Lord revealed 3 amazing biblical truths to a 5 year old boy.
“I was in a room, and there was another Joshua, a bad one.” He stated. “A bad Joshua?” I replied. “Yes, I was the good Joshua, and he was the bad Joshua. He was telling me to do bad things, and I didn’t want to do them, and after I told him ‘no’ lots of times, he turned into a giant black snake and ran away, but he was always there.”
BIBLICAL TRUTH #1:
I told my son that the “bad Joshua” was a picture of the “old Joshua” and that the “old Joshua” will always be there trying to get him to do bad stuff, but because he is the “good Joshua” he is known as the “new Joshua” and that because Jesus is in his heart, “all old things are passed away, and behold all things are become new.”
My son realized that when Jesus had saved him, he took away the desires of the old Joshua, and placed in him desires of the new Joshua—desires to please God.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” II Cor 5:17
He then went on to tell me another part of the dream.
“I was in a bowling place, and I saw my friend at school, [nameless]. She was standing in the middle of where the devil was bowling. He was throwing bowling balls that had fire on them down to hit the bowling pins and she was going to get hit. She didn’t know that she was going to get hit, she didn’t know that the devil was even there throwing stuff at her, and I was trying to yell at her to come over here so she wouldn’t die, but she didn’t listen to me. I yelled really loud and she didn’t even hear me, and she got hit with a fire-bowling ball and I tried to help her but I couldn’t.”
BIBLICAL TRUTH #2:
I explained to my son that this was a call to tell everyone you know about Jesus. You knew that your friend was going to get hit with a fiery bowling ball and die, and she didn’t even know it. You tried to tell her, but she didn’t listen, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still tell her.
If you knew your neighbor’s house was on fire, and they were asleep, wouldn’t you do everything you could to tell them to get out, else they will all perish in the fire? In the same way, if you truly believe that all are going to hell without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and you know there are some around you who do not believe, why wouldn’t you tell them about Jesus? It’s not your job to see that they are saved (girl in bowling alley who never responded to Joshua telling her to “come over here”)—that is the job of the Holy Spirit, it is your job to share Jesus with them.
”I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” I Cor 3:6-7
He then went on to tell me the last part of the dream.
“I saw the devil, but he wasn’t a snake. He was a big, giant dragon that had fire in his mouth, and he was very scary, and he had little devils flying all around him and they were black, and he was bigger than God. But then I opened my eyes, and saw that he was much smaller than God, and God had him in His hand.”
BIBLICAL TRUTH #3:
I explained to my son that God wanted him to know that no matter how big the devil is, or how scary he may seem, that God is much bigger, and everything that the devil does is monitored by God, and he will not allow the devil to overpower you.
”And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:3-4
I am not claiming to be a dream interpreter, but these simple, biblical truths were evident, and I thank God that he chose to speak to my son the very night he gave himself to Jesus. If God can speak these simple, yet deep biblical truths to a 5 year old, don’t you think much more he could speak to you?
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.” Acts 2:17