As I mentioned in the last blog, the ship was basically a ghost ship until the moment my mother asked “Who are all these people?”, at which the deck came alive with workers.
At this point my tour of the vessel began. As I started walking across the deck I quickly realized that some level of authority had been given to me from the Captain as people on the boat were supposed to salute me just as a commissioned officer in the military must be saluted. This was strange to me because during my enlistment in the Coast Guard no one ever had to salute me as I was not an officer. However, to my surprise, it seemed that on this vessel I served as an officer which meant that there was a corresponding responsibility to the Captain for my execution of that office.
Keep in mind that as I went around the deck and viewed people and things; these were all future at this point and soon began to come to pass like a timeline. Some of the events actually happened in the order that I saw them and others may have been placed there simply because of their importance to the mission.
To the port (left side) of the ship I noticed that were many workers but I turned to the starboard (right side) and began to walk. The first thing I walked up on was two shirtless men that looked like strong sailors. One of them was visibly larger than the other like a father and son would appear. They were working hard on tying a thick line of three strand cord around a large stake that had been nailed into the boards of the deck.
I then moved toward the bow (front) where I met with a small framed man who quickly approached me. He had sharp features and a fresh crew cut in his hair. Another thing that stood out was that he was wearing a black and white suit with a tie. He was the only person on the entire ship wearing clothes like this. He wanted to talk to me, and we did talk, however the words of the conversation were not revealed. Perhaps just the fact that we were meeting and talking was itself a message indicating that we would be working together closely - and indeed it was.
Okay, let’s dive into the imagery now…
In this section, I experienced a real turn around as a sense of merely trying to survive shifted to adventure and curiosity. This is what happens when we move a step further away from the world and one closer to what the Lord wants us to do. I had experienced mercy in being rescued by the ship but tremendous grace had now been given to me to be serving as an officer. Perhaps, knowing my own unworthiness helped me more than I realized during this season. Again, I’m reminded of Jonah who is known for both having a blend of weakness of character and yet also a prophetic gift that was able to be used outside of his country of birth. And after having severely rebelled against the Lord he was quickly restored to his purpose. Just like Jonah I had experienced a rather quick turn around and restoration to my calling.
Now, for the first two men. I actually met them several months after seeing them in the dream. It was a father and son who brought a lot of spiritual strength to the ship. Chris, the son (the smaller of the two), actually became our minister of worship and did a great job especially for his young age. He was also a Timothy like I had originally seen would be part of the ship’s call. Just as I saw them first working hard so they were when I met them as they were on a business venture. Just as they were working on a stake they had apparently nailed into the deck, so these were spreading out their tent stakes by becoming land owners in Costa Rica with a rather large stake of land. Interestingly, about three years after I first saw them in the dream after having returned to U.S., a picture was emailed to me of both of them together with their shirts off baptizing a new believer at the beach. This reminded of how they looked to me in the dream.
One more thought. Just as I had originally seen Chris with cord in hand this is related to how he served the Captain. As a guitarist/vocalist he used chords as his main gift on the ship.
After this, the man in the suit was my friend Eben who fits the physical description of the man in the dream. He was wearing a suit and tie because he became a pastor on the ship along with myself. He was wearing black and white which is funny to me because this seems to match his personality very well. He was one of the most black and white personalities I’ve known having the gift of letting you know where he stood at all times. We spent a lot of time together for about a two year period and weathered quite a few storms during that time. Though, unlike the others on the deck I had actually met Eben before the dream, still, just as I saw, he later cut his hair to match the short crew cut. His fellowship not only strengthened me during trying times, but also empowered me to serve God in new and creative ways that I didn't realize were possible at the time.
A final comment on the purpose of dreams. This is often how things happen in dreams for me. I will see details ahead of time and then they come to pass like a timeline later down the road. This serves as confirmation and also helps with orientation on God’s prophetic timeline. Sometimes the small details that seem insignificant or strange, like the particular haircut, or a stake nailed into a wooden deck, are infused with meaning that help me to understand where I am at, and also the people the Lord allows me to serve with me with in his kingdom.
I had now seen details about some of the most important people in my immediate future that helped me to identify them and their purpose. In the next blog we will look at the first crisis that took place on the ship and how the Lord handled it. For now however, you the reader may be like a Jonah running from the Lord. If you are truly willing to repent the Lord can restore you and sometimes faster than you realize.