This weekend I went on a spring retreat. It was a fantastic experience, and I came away with so much to ponder. We spent the entire weekend diving into John 15:1-17, the vine and the branches. The theme of the weekend was abiding in God.
Saturday night during worship I received two visions from God. The first was simply an image of Aslan (the lion character from Narnia.) I could feel God telling me, “I love you like Aslan loves Lucy.” Aslan’s love is such a beautiful picture of God’s love. God’s love is fierce, and strong, and protective, and unpredictable. I absolutely love this quote from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
In the second vision I was walking down a path through a forest of white trees, The trees were attacking me, trying to pull me off the path. Suddenly, Aslan was there! For the rest of the vision I alternated between riding on his back and walking beside him. It reminded me that without God, I am nothing. I can’t even take one step without him. I need God! The crazy thing to me is that God is always there. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Isn’t that incredible!
As I head into this busy, busy week, I am praying that I will not take the presence of God for granted. In him I will abide!