The Rainbow Colored Bar – Revisited

I’ve talked about this before, but it bears a repeat.  About 25 years ago I had a dream from God.  During my lifetime I’ve had maybe 3 or 4 such dreams.

In this dream I was standing before God the Father.  Nothing was visible to me except a long, maybe 10 feet, multi-colored bar.  It had shades of color bands up and down the bar, much like a rainbow.  I didn’t need to be told what this was.  This was my life.

In this portion of the dream there were many things that were perfectly clear, and without question or doubt.  I will try to list as many as I remember:

  1. This multi-colored bar represented my life, and it was over.  It showed the good times, the bad times, my successes, and my failures.  There was a thin black band between 1/4 and 1/3 of the distance from the beginning of the bar that represented when I got saved.
  2. I could not make out the individual acts of my life, but there was little doubt there was nothing missing, and little doubt the bar belonged to me, and me alone.
  3. I could not make out the image of the Father, but I knew He was there, and we were examining this bar together.
  4. As I looked at the bar it became clear that it simply did not add up.  That is, it was not good enough.  It was not a matter of adding up the good things and hoping they outweighed the bad.  No, it was clear that it simply was not good enough.
  5. As I looked at the bar a certain feeling of helplessness and despair began to descend on me.  It felt heavy.  There wasn’t anything I could do to change the situation.

Those things were the details of this portion of the dream.  Then something unexpected happened.  The Father turned to His right and said, “What do you think?”

That’s when I saw Jesus.  I didn’t know He was there before this moment, but now He was talking to the Father, and said, “I have forgiven him of all of his sins.”

The Father then said, “That’s good enough for me.”

The feeling of dread and despair lifted, and I felt an overwhelming sense of relief and joy.  While it was clear the bar did not add up, it didn’t matter, I had been forgiven and the Father had been satisfied with the answer from the Son.  I didn’t have to worry.

At that time the dream lifted, and I was fully awake.  I could feel the presence of God.

This dream has changed my view of salvation slightly.  Before the dream I had somewhat lived according to my own judgment as to how well I was doing.  After all, I paid my tithes, I attended church, I read my Bible, I prayed.  But, after the dream I had the realization that although these things are good, they simply are not enough.  They don’t add up to salvation.  There’s only one thing that will make the difference – have you been forgiven by the Son.  If so, then there is no need to worry about being ‘good enough’.  Someone else has already paid the price for you to go free, and everything will be fine.

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One Response to “The Rainbow Colored Bar – Revisited”

  1. Barbara McGuire Says:

    Wow! This gave me chills reading it! What an awesome thing to experience a dream of this magnitude! Definitely life changing! Blessings….

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