A Long Dream

“In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion…

I am as a wonder unto many; but thou art my strong refuge.

Let my mouth be filled with thy praise and with thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth…

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help.” (Select verses from Psalm 71).IMG_1951

My mom gave me a glimpse into her world of dementia at eighty-eight years of age. Her world consists of a beautiful young lady laughing and singing on an old fashioned wagon hayride drawn by horses, fun at the softball field with her lanky boyfriend, and families enjoying picnics on the church grounds.

 

Where did they all go in such a short time?

When the past fuses into the present, the teenager in a moment ages to eighty-eight. The home she grew up in looks nothing like the house she now lives in. Memories and the present swirl in a world of now, making no sense. In her words, “It’s like a long dream.”

Won’t you pray for her?

Mom longs to go home – home to her mom and dad; home to her lanky boyfriend that became her husband; home where her best Friend and Redeemer wait for her.IMG_1812

Only a week ago, in a lucid, Spirit-filled moment, we sat on my front porch. She glowed with peace and joy. One hand reached heavenward and a rarely seen radiant smile graced her face as she spoke to my daughter and me.

“I’m ready anytime Jesus wants to take my hand and take me home where I’ll be with Him forever. He could even come today.”

I believe Jesus may have answered her with the following words.

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself: that where I am, there ye may be also.” (Heb. 13:5b; John 14:1-3).IMG_0878

 

One day, Jesus will reach His hand and take hers in His. Until then, He will walk with her through her long dream until she reaches her destination. He will never leave or forsake her. Even now He  walks the way with His hand in hers by faith. One day faith will give way to sight. Thank you, Jesus!

9 thoughts on “A Long Dream

  1. This tugs at my heart, especially as it reminds me of Al’s struggles. And yes, I pray for your precious mother. I assume she is the young lady in the picture, and she is indeed beautiful. Watching the working out of Al’s own faith in the midst of everything is both terrible and glorious for me all at the same time. It is by far the hardest thing I have ever dealt with, and yet nothing else has done more to mature my faith and bring me into a deeper relationship with God.

    Never has the phrase “this life is but a vapor” been more meaningful to me. What a hope! Nothing in this life is for long, and then there’s eternity—whatever that looks like. We don’t really know, but we yearn for it because He has planned it and set it in motion. It has to be more than good. Marvelous! Unimaginable! Glorious! That kind of thing is all He does.

    Thank you for sharing.

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