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A couple of nights ago, I had a dream that I woke up in the middle of the night and our house was on fire. I immediately tried to find a way out of the house and once I did found it, I heard a voice say to me:
“Grab the things you cherish the most.”
Of course I grabbed my Bible, our important documents, my wallet and my laptop, but as I went through this dream, I did something that kind of shocked me: I saw myself grab a bag and stuff other material things like some of my name-brand clothes, shoes, my camera gear and handbags into it. Because I spent the extra time trying to save that stuff, I ended up being in the house as it was collapsing and before I knew if I made it out alive, the dream blacked out and ended and I woke up gasping for air.
After I calmed down, as I laid bed staring at the ceiling, I began to wonder why I had this dream, what it meant and what God was trying to show me. In that quiet time of me just being still, I heard the same voice I heard in the dream ask:
“Where is your treasure?”
As I sat there and pondered this question, I thought about the verse in Matthew that says:
“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or worse, stolen by burglars. Stockpile your treasures in heaven, where it is safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
~ Matthew 19:21
I started to wonder…why did I feel the need to grab those things? Why was I trying to save them?
This dream has stayed with me for the past few days because it really shook me to my core. It shook me because it got me thinking about what exactly I treasure and what I value. Though I do enjoy nice things, things don’t make me…they don’t define me. I also think the “things” in this dream represented other things in my life that I have been focusing so hard on lately.
It’s often said that creatives are among the most sensitive people in the world and I completely 100% agree. As much as I hate to admit it, as a business owner, I find myself thinking about the “things” that come with owning a business, that probably shouldn’t matter: the number of Facebook likes and Instagram followers…the amount of visitors my website has… the number of inquiries I receive. But you know what? That stuff doesn’t matter. That stuff doesn’t define me as a business owner any more than the things I was trying to save in the dream define who I am as a person. Even though in the dream I grabbed my Bible first, in the end, I was still in the house when as it was collapsing because I was trying to save “things.” Things that I can’t take with me when I depart this earth, things that can be replaced, things….that in the grand scheme of things…are worthless. If the Bible says that the place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be and end up being, then I don’t want my treasures to be on this earth. I don’t want anything on this earth to mean more to me than where I spend eternity. And whether you’re a business owner, a creative or just someone living life, “things? The “treasures” this earth?” They do NOT matter. What matters is your heart..living a life of service…and where you choose to build up your treasures. You are so much more than the things of this Earth and the things that you have here are just that…things. TEMPORARY things. Don’t waste your time being concerned with what other people think of you, having the latest and the greatest or worrying about what you’re missing out on. God has already given you everything you could possibly need to survive any fire that you may go through.
As unexpected as this dream was, I’m grateful for it because what it really did was gave me the chance to do a very thorough heart check on myself. Although I have been learning to truly be content over the past few months, there are some days that are harder than others. I want to be so obsessed with giving, that I don’t have time to be preoccupied with getting and for me to be reminded to always remember where to put my focus and where to lay my treasures? That to me is priceless.
Thank you Lord. 🙂