“God always answers, one way or another, even when people don’t recognize His presence. In a dream for instance, a vision at night, when men and women are deep in sleep, fast asleep in their beds.” Job 33:14,15 (MSG)
“I am sorry but I cannot allow you to use the cafeteria/gym for your church services, Rev. Hill” said the principal. “That new building has only one working bathroom facility; therefore, the building cannot be available.”
The church we started in Kihei, Maui in our garage was expanding. It was beautiful to have Hawaiians, Japanese, Spanish plus other nationalities worshiping with us. Our small congregation one Sunday hosted a Samoan lady who was a royal princess. Once a Japanese professional to the United Nations joined us. We embraced the diversity while celebrating our brothers and sisters in the family of God.
Although the school outcome was negative, we trusted the Word stated in Revelation 3:7 “The one who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens a door that no one can shut and who shuts a door that no one can open.” (ISV) The next morning the phone rang and it was the principal. She stated, “Last night while I was sleeping, I had a dream about your request and knew that I needed to respond differently. I want you to feel free to use the building each Sunday. The one restroom should accommodate you nicely. Use the chairs there and whatever you need at a small sum to cover utiliities and clean the facility. You may begin this Sunday if you wish. I will give you a key.” That symbolic door, figuratively, had swung wide open with the key of David!
God had used a Hawaiian, precious, cultural way of answering through a dream that manifested His righteous sovereignty. Ancient Hawaiians believed in four gods and lesser gods before the missionaries came who led their human followers through dreams that connected them together. The dreamer was often the oldest head of his family to be guided for answers in urgent situations and matters. Upon awakening, the answer was clear as to the direction to take. This practice is often still revered and practiced today.
We rejoiced and celebrated the revelation of God in such a unique way that only He could have designed with His incredible wisdom. As my 95 year old father, a former minister, still often gives the favorite quote he found, “Our extremity is God’s opportunity!”
I , at times, need crucial answers to life’s dilemmas and demands. I dream of new pursuits, too. Don’t let me craft my own answers but wait on You expectantly. If an affirmative answer arrives, then I will recognize my Heavenly Father opened that door with His own key–The Key of David!