I had a dream last night
that dream spoke to the depths of my soul
and ignited my spirit ablaze.
A quiet anger, contemplative thoughts
that propelled me to free fall into the ocean of my
And in that pain I found an answer.
I found the answer I was looking for and a solution that requires nothing more than
me being my authentic self.
I remember reading about the Samaritan woman and Jesus telling her
a day will come when we will worship as we are.
Casting down all that keeps us looking clean and untouched on the outside.
I realized the beauty of brokenness and approaching God hurt and busted.
The awesomeness of approaching God angry.
In my mess, all I could do was cry out. All I could do was cry.
You see, we have to pretend we have it all figured out. We have to pretend
“fake it till we make it”, pretend we love people, put on a stupid show and everyone
is festering and rotting on the inside. We have dead eyes and fake smiles, lukewarm handshakes, show off hallelujahs ….
where are people that are willing to go up to the altar broken.
Where are the people willing to wail and cry before God?
Where are those that are mad, confused, hurt and battered?
Where are those weary and faint?
Where are the lame, the weak, the widowed and the fatherless?
Where are the poor and the hungry?
Where are the forgotten, abandoned and rejected?
Where are the sinners and the backsliders?
Truth be told, they are right here. You and me.
And yet, we pretend to be everything we are not.
We are told that we must come to God perfect, we must always be perfect
and yet, people are sharing false doctrine, feel good gospel and promise of prosperity.
We are feeding the shepard but the shepard isn’t feeding the flock. The sheep has to protect the shepard, but the shepard let’s his sheep wander off. If you are the so called keeper of our souls, why are we keeping yours? Don’t elevate yourself to the place where only God can sit.
We hold spiritual gifts as markers of conversion but not fruit. We bribe God with tithes and offerings.
We dangle our faults and our lack thereof as a way to boast of how spiritual we are.
We pretend, go to church, get angry, gossip, undermine and hurt each other only to continue that cycle.
We tolerate abuse and injustice in the name of Christ, when there are times when we must stand up against injustice and abuse!
Who are we?
My dream opened the flood gates of my mind and heart
and I am flying among the things I can no longer tolerate.
This is what change does. It’s not always clear cut and comforting.
Sometimes it’s dirty, like child birth : bloody, painful and yet, rewarding.
I want to believe I’m free.
I must believe I’m free.
The dream that will change everything.