Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Treasure chests

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I was drifting off to sleep a few nights ago,
as I  drifted between sleep and wake,
I found Jesus waiting for me in a dream like vision.
He held my hand and took the lead.
I found myself in a darkened place,
that looked like an old wooden cellar,
with 2 inter joining  rooms.
We were standing facing a wall,
dark and laden with treasure chests,
on shelves made of wood.
These chests were old,
tatty looking,
covered in cobwebs.

I knew I was in heaven,
somewhere,
being shown something of importance.
I knew that these chests,
represented peoples lives.
I questioned,
"Are these humble lives of your saints?"

"No, these are not."
Jesus replied.
"Here, things are a little different.
Whoever finds his life ( on earth) will lose it,
 and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."
I looked closely at the small chests, 
as I did my eyes had the ability to see within 
each chest.
I saw a young man,
late 30's roughly,
I saw tall city buildings,
i heard the noise of busy traffic below,
I watched him,
in his grey tailored suit,
clutch at his hair and 
pull his head toward his chest.
I heard his thoughts race,
his stress levels rise,
the spin and pull,
tug and push,
I saw money,
swimming around in his mind,
it was causing him great anguish.
I saw his friends, 
speak about his early,
stress related death.

I looked at Jesus,
sadness filled my mind.
He remained motionless,
acknowledging my mental pause,
then he lifted his chin a little,
motioning me to look into another box.
My eyes fell upon a box,
not far from the one I had just studied,
It pulled me in,
like a cinematic screen..
This time a woman,
also not that old,
A wild crazy red head,
tight bouncy curls,
red lipstick,
I watched her throw her head back in laughter.
Around her,
circling like a whirlwind,
were expensive items,
handbags,
shoes,
expensive trips,
beauty therapy,
cocktail parties,
laughter,
city lights,
lavish living,
selfishness,
but when the end came,
there was only silence.
The laughter ceased,
the items dropped to the floor
like they were made of lead.
A loud crash.
Then nothing.

My head turned quickly, 
to face Jesus.
There was something terribly unnerving,
 about the content of these boxes.
He turned and walked into the adjoining 
room.
In here were two opposing walls.
On the left, also in the dark, 
were shelves of neatly stored medium sized boxes.
These boxes looked less damaged and 
slightly more presentable.
But Jesus was not looking at those.
His attentions were turned to the shelves,
 on the right hand side of the room.




These chests were lined up,
on the shelves, but there was such energy within them.
There was a strange sense of community amongst them,
that I could not quite decipher.
I knew at once, that these were 
the lives of people who had lived for Jesus.
I heard children,
mothers,
families,
communities.
I saw nations,
living as one,
mixed races,
eating from the same table,
Women laughing,
with 
JOY.
Serving one another 
in 
LOVE.

"God...
I whispered, 
feeling the awe of his presence fill that room.
Which chest am I?"

Which Chest are you?



Matthew 6:21 

'For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also'







15 comments:

beingzaraandzidan said...

Oh I have no words. Ur too good. Keep it up!

Just Me said...

God is speaking! This message has been everywhere lately. I loved this. Thank you!

Lynda Young said...

Again I say, wow. Awesome post. But tbh I think I'm on the left hand shelf.

Rebekah said...

It was a challenge to me too! I have to say I felt like I belonged, somewhere in the middle, with glimpses of the gold, but knowing all to well, I am not a complete golden chest yet! They were so compelling, drawing me in...such goodness, such life!
It made me hunger, for more of Him, for greater commitment, for the lesser things in life to become the BIG things!

Just me, where else have you heard this recently, I am encouraged to hear that!

B said...

Wow Rebekah...what a powerful post. You are an incredibly talented writer and I'm so glad I found your blog.

Thank you also for checking in on me. I'm hanging in there. I know you know more than most what my days look like. I have nice moments throughout my day but things are still pretty raw for me and I'm processing everything the best I can.

Thank you for your kindness and please know your supportive comments on my blog are very much appreciated. They truly make a difference in my day.

Laura said...

I've told you this a million times, but I'll say it again...I think it is SO incredible that God has given you that gift! I am so glad that you share it with us! These messages really help me search my heart to figure out where I stand. I am definitely the dirtier treasure chest, but I'm working on dusting myself off :)

beingzaraandzidan said...

Hey! I just thought I would let you know that I linked to your blog in a blog award post. I love your blog and wanted to spread the word! U deserve it!
http://beingzaraandzidan.blogspot.com/2010/05/happy-101-blog-award.html#comments

Rebecca said...

Oh I love this. So right down my ally. You are always so encouraging. I love stopping by your blog, it's like a breath of fresh air.

Psst, I'm doing a fun Motherhood Celebration and your invited. Going on all week long. Love to have you link up. Fun way to meet other Mums.
Best!

Leah said...

Wow - I want dreams like that!! Thank you for sharing :)

Kristy Quinn said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Rebekah said...

Thank-you everyone for your kind words of encouragement. I really appreciate it. I never imagined this blog would be used for Gods glory in this way.
Its a blessing to me to have your thoughts.
;0)

Kristi said...

What an amazing dream, Rebekah. It's so true-when we put our faith in the things of this world they will do nothing for us. It is only Him that we need keep our eyes on and who will fulfill us. I love the beauty of your writing.

Lisa said...

Wow, very convicting. I needed that to be encouraged to press in and keep seeking, obeying and loving my Bridegroom more!

Joyeful said...

This was just so incredible!!! I love the visions He gives you!! And the way you wrote this is just so very moving! What a heartfelt and convicting post!

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