Dreams may be a last refuge of hope and comfort when life presents us with a nightmare. A good example is this story by Pat Cook of Leavittsburg, Ohio, which was featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.
A DREAM COME TRUE
When my daughter was hospitalized with a head injury, I prayed for a sign she’d be well again
Sleep is supposed to release you from your worries, your worst fears. Yet as much as I wanted and needed sleep, I doubted it would ease me. My 12-year-old daughter, June, had just emerged from a coma. Now the doctors were telling my husband and me that she’d need a series of brain surgeries if she were to survive.
Lying in bed, wrung out after another long day sitting at her bedside in the hospital, my mind replayed the horrific accident. One moment, June was riding on the back of our farm tractor with her daddy, squealing as dirt clumps flew. The next, she laid unconscious, after the tractor hit something and threw her forcibly to the ground. I felt unbearably guilty that I hadn’t foreseen the danger; and terrified that my little girl wouldn’t recover.
Somehow, sleep finally came. I found myself in a lucid dream. There was June, running up the sidewalk toward me on a sunny day. On her head, she wore a striking white hat with an elastic, flowered rim. “Don’t worry, Mom,” she said, flashing the most beautiful smile. “Everything’s going to be okay.”
I seldom remember dreams, but this one stayed with me. In the weeks that followed, I clung to it like a life preserver as June went through one surgery, then another.
At last the doctor said she was well enough to return home. Her head was still swollen and bandaged where the surgeons had made their incisions. “Just have her wear a hat,” he said. “It will hide and protect the dressing on her head.”
“Thanks, Doctor,” I said.
I searched the house to find a hat for June, but because of the swelling, none fit. That afternoon a friend dropped by. “I have a gift for you,” she said to June.
She reached into her bag… and pulled out a hat. June eagerly tried it on. It fit perfectly.
Of course it did. It was a white hat with an elastic, flowered rim. The exact hat June had worn in my dream. A sure sign that everything would be okay.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.