In the fall of 2012, I was feeling an immense increase in the pain I had been suffering with for many years. Holding my arms up to roll, cut, or colour hair all day, left me with burning pain down the backs of my arms from my shoulders to my elbow, like someone was holding a torch to them. It stayed that way all the time. The ribs in my back ached and my hips felt like someone had hammered a nail into each of them, and then left them there. I had tried changing positions while I worked by not using my stool as much, and moving the patron higher or lower to see if that would help. It would temporarily.
A conference was coming up in Moose Jaw on Oct 12, 2012, with a healing evangelist that I had watched on TV for many years. I was looking forward to going in hopes I would get healed. While I was there I bought the man’s book, To Hell with Sickness, which I had wanted to order off of TV but hadn’t yet. As I lay in the hotel room and read the book it said “if you are still sick and you have been believing for healing ask God why it’s still there.” So I did.
In the morning, and for many mornings after that, I woke up to dreams. Dreams telling me why I was sick; most of which had to do with fears, the way I thought, and stresses I had lived through. The dreams slowed to once a week for a while, and then they shifted to what I was supposed to do now and were back again every morning.
The first of these dreams was a doctor telling me to stop doing hair as soon as possible. I went to work that day wondering how I was going to handle the phone calls. Do I tell the people I’m quitting? I wouldn’t be doing their hair anymore? Was this dream really from God?
It wasn’t long before the phone began to ring. I remember taking a couple of appointments, trying to spread them out so it would be easier on me.
The next morning I woke up to this dream. A friend of mine is both a school bus driver and he has his driver’s training license. You know the guy who sits in the car with teens, with a brake at his feet just in case they get into an unsafe situation? As the instructor he can hit the brake and stop the car before they end up in a crash. Well in the dream, I was seated half way back in the school bus with a child sitting to my left. There was one of these brakes by my feet. My bus driver friend was driving the bus. We are driving along a road and the child beside me tells me that the next road is his road. I recognized then that I was supposed to hit the brake to let my friend know that this was the child’s corner. Knowing I was almost going to miss the turn I hit the brake hard. I read my friend’s body language. He was definitely saying, “You didn’t stop soon enough.”
So I woke up with the message that day that I didn’t stop soon enough.
I would love to say that that message was enough for me to stop immediately, but it wasn’t. For the next couple of days I woke up to dreams, and because I was a terrible sleeper I would ask a question and go back to sleep. I would wake up with another dream. I did this so much so that one time I heard this thought go through my head, John the Baptist never asked me so many questions. That made me think, but he was beheaded. Then I thought, yes John the Baptist was a very loyal person to Jesus and he only asked a couple of questions. He did exactly as he was called to do, and wasn’t that what I wanted to do also?
The messages from the dreams and answers to my questions over the next few days were: It’s not the people you’re so concerned with; it’s the father and son that you don’t trust. Doing hair is as far from you now, as doing hair in your old hair shop in your mother’s basement. I will take care of you abundantly, and there is an open door when it comes to your husband’s agreement with you quitting. All of these dreams were as vivid and real and descriptive as the one about the school bus. It took all of those dreams and a couple of others to get me to say, “Okay I’m done.”
And the greatest part is that God has kept his promises and I am enjoying my life.
I will write more about this in other blog entries.
Romans 8:14 (AMP) For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Romans 8:9 (NKJV) But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
Romans 8:16 (NKJV) The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,
Proverbs 3:5,6 (NKJV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding 6, In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Romans 8:5 (NKJV) For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
Acts 2:38 (NKJV) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.