My wife Jae and I were on a cruise ship. We were walking inside the ship on the Promenade deck. We exited the mid-ship starboard door to the outside promenade deck. Standing at mid-ship were stacks and stacks of puzzle pieces, which went all the way forward to the bow of the ship. We looked towards the aft of the ship, saw the deck covered with a beautifully colored puzzle. The puzzle was complete from mid-ship all the way to the aft. The puzzle pieces fit perfectly on the deck’s shape and exactly matched scribed lines on the wooden deck planks, which were guides as to where each puzzle piece fit. We could walk on the puzzle without tearing it up. Since we could not go forward on the Promenade deck, we decided to go up to Lido deck until more of the puzzle pieces are in place. Jae went up the stairs first and I climbed up afterwards. When I got to the top, I lost my balance a bit and rocked backwards just a little. Suddenly, I felt a hand steady me and gently push me back into balance. I then walked across Lido deck to where Jae was.
Promenade by definition means:
Noun: A paved public walk, typically one along a waterfront at a resort.
Verb: Take a leisurely walk, ride, or drive in public, especially to meet or be seen by others.
When I see cruise ships in dreams it means the sovereign and encompassing plan of God. The ship has a captain and the ship has a hierarchical crew, which takes care of the passengers along the journey. As passengers, we spend our day occupied with various activities and trust that the captain will steer the vessel along a safe and predetermined path so that we may safely arrive at our destination.
The outside promenade deck was complete from the aft to where we stood at mid-ship. Each puzzle piece matched the scribed lines beneath the puzzle. The scribed lines are of God’s design and laid there by Him marking out our journey together. We could look back to the aft of the ship and see where we had been and felt comfortable with all the things that had happened in our lives, knowing nothing had caught God by surprise. We easily walked on the finished puzzle because we knew the author’s hand had laid it down securely.
In the dream, we leisurely walked on the promenade deck, which is our public walk. The promenade deck on most cruise ships has shops, restaurants, casino, entertainment, and the like on the inside which represents daily life. The outside of the promenade deck offers a scenic path around the ship and it all comes with fresh air, the sound of the ship cutting through the ocean waves and beautiful views of the ocean and distant horizon. The outside promenade deck represents our enlightenment and awareness of the spiritual walk together with all of God’s creation surrounding us. The sights, sounds and immensity of His creation bring such comfort and connection to a believer.
The puzzle was colorful and beautiful up where completed at mid-ship. The stacks of puzzle pieces not yet laid represent what is to come. We don’t know what the unfinished puzzle will reveal but we do know the Master Puzzle Maker, and we trust our lives to Him.
We couldn’t go forward so we chose to rest and wait on God to complete more of the puzzle since it is by His design and not ours. It’s hard to wait patiently on God until you learned to trust Him. Apostle Paul learned to be content where God had him.
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: Phil. 4:11
Joseph waited in the Potiphar’s house and prison for thirteen years before Joseph became second only to Pharaoh. Joseph needed puzzle pieces to be in place before he could proceed to the next phase of his life.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11
It so vitally important to trust in God and believe he has created a perfect plan for your life. That doesn’t mean your life will be easy, nor without conflicts and trials. In fact, following God’s plan for your life may look just the opposite of easy and trial free. To the outside observer you will often appear out of God’s will, even an outcast to people who do not truly know what the Walk requires. Know that following God may separate you from friends, family, city of dwelling, occupations, doctrines of man and the like.
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Numbers 23:19
We each have to submit to God’s santification process in our lives. My wife and I call it “soul” work. It can be so painful when God pinpoints an area where He wants to work so we can become fruitful and free in who we are in Christ.
Paul wrote of the weakness of human flesh and how it made us slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which created further lawlessness. We must present ourselves to righteousness, which will result in sanctification, and the outcome is eternal life. Read Romans 6:19, 22
Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
I believe the true walk in Christ based solely on building a relationship with the Father through Jesus Christ. Take away job, home, friends, even family and if you have Christ, then you have everything. Nothing else truly matters. We cannot be who we are to become as believers without an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ our Lord. Learn to live and love the small things in life. Embrace the simple, even mundane task and you will begin to see this is God’s best and in His plan for each saint to learn.
Bro. Billy Nelson