Leaper or leper?

I don’t like to dream. My dreams are usually bursting with gunfire, the screaming of wounded, helicopter rotors churning the air, and the uneasy feeling I have missed something important. This morning was a different experience for me.

In my dream, I was standing in a massive church (fiddling with sound equipment I think) when in walked my former pastor. He walked across the rostrum and placed down what he was carrying for his sermon. Per usual, he was smiling, and he commented that he had one more load to get. He departed, and while I was overjoyed to see him, I didn’t want to wait to chat with him, so I walked toward the rostrum to see if I could catch him. The steps to the rostrum were down a piece and instead of me using the steps, I leapt to the top. My former pastor saw me and gave me a mega watt smile.

“I always knew you were a leaper.”

My eyes snapped awake, and I was unable to get any sleep after this dream. In my dream I heard these words, “you can’t leap if you stay down.”

These words have been with me all day. If you stay down people may leave you alone, but you will never overcome what is holding you back. If you remove the letter “a” from leaper, you now have the word leper. Lepers are diseased, and if you aren’t moving forward, you are stagnating. Diseases are bred in stagnant environments. You can lie down and never make any progress, or, you can stand up and face what is holding you back. I have been lying down. It is time for me to stand up and prepare to move forward.

This disease is not a skin disease only, it impacts the nerves and the brain. The will to stand your ground, to not give up, it comes from mental toughness. How do we know when we have fallen and scraped our knee? Our nerves send a message to the brain that something is not right. We respond by standing up and cleaning our injury. If we have spiritual leprosy our nerves are weakened, and our signals are not being received. Therefore, our only option is to make our way back to the altar and seek the mercy of God. “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean, wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

I know this is one of the shorter posts I have written but I hope it helps someone today. Live boldly, go forth and conquer. Because we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us enough to die for our sins.

Freeman

08 August 2019

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