And the First Shall Be Last

It’s not often but over the past years, I have been dreaming vividly and when I wake up, I know fairly quickly the message God is sending me. This is a gift that God has given me that originally, I didn’t think anything of it but now I know it is a gift and He is speaking to me clearly. I’m thankful.

Last night, I dreamed I was in a walk/run event. I was prepared to be with the walkers as normal however I was urged to run by two physically fit people who I knew trained often and one had won multiple competitive races. I reminded them that I am a walker and picture taker but the wife quickly laughed and insisted “no, you are not a walker, you’re a runner. Tameka, stop playing and let’s go.”

I smirked and continued to walk then suddenly I received a burst of energy and before I knew it I was running. I remember thinking that I couldn’t remember the last time I ran due to deterioration in both knees. In awe, I realized I caught up with the couple then swiftly passed them up. I heard the wife tell her husband, “I told ya she is a runner.”

As I ran faster than ever before, I realized I was lost because I was used to following behind someone. I saw some people and started to follow them but the further we traveled, I felt heavy and slow, I quickly knew that wasn’t the right way so I went back to my original path. Instantly, I felt lighter, faster and I ran alone until I crossed the finish line.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Hebrews 12:1

Lately, I’ve been in a season of intense frustration and stress. I feel overwhelmed often but when I woke up this morning and recalled the dream I clearly received the dream for what it was and felt at peace. I was born to run my race and even when I think I am losing I am gaining ground. I must shake off sin and anything that’s weighing me down. I must be mindful that people will lead me astray and if I get off track, I must quickly get back on track. I am chosen for this race.  I am running neck and neck with the people who I thought were stronger and more qualified to win the race. But ultimately,  my race is not against them. In the end, I must stay focused and keep running my race and not worry or try to follow the pack even though that’s where everyone is going. In the end, I win. Even when it appears that I am losing, I am positioning for the win. And when I run alone, I must remember that it is because I am on the right track and mostly likely have moved ahead of the very people I attempted to follow.

So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. Matthew 20:16

I praise God for answering my prayers. He speaks to me clearly and I know this revelation is the 1st of many that are sure come because it is time for my next season. I hope this message encouraged those who may be feeling discouraged or frustrated.

May God’s peace and grace be with us as we keep pressing forward, running our race.



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