I was sleeping peacefully, when suddenly I dreamt that I looked out through the backdoor window and saw low, dark, gray clouds moving swiftly across the sky. The wind was whipping through the trees and our windchime was beginning to ring. As the first drops of rain started to fall, I said calmly and aloud, "Wow…these storms can really come upon us so quickly and without warning"
…then I woke up.
I was wide awake with the understanding that I was being called to pray. There was no time to not pray. The call was urgent. I prayed, not knowing why, but some thoughts came to me while I was praying.
I had a thought of large numbers of people – people I knew- that have no hope of Christ or of heaven, and yet God’s angels stand with sickle in hand, ready for the harvest. When the storms come, and all eyes are on us, the need is urgent for us to stand side by side with Christ and praise him and thank him and reflect his glory, that those around us would be able to see Him and know Him. Too often though, we draw more attention to ourselves than we do Christ, and the harvest withers or blows away from our neglect, or is poisoned by our bitterness.
The storms are coming faster now, making the opportunities more plentiful to heed Christ’s words that follow:
"But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28.bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29."Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also ; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.
30."Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.
31."Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.
32."If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33."If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34."If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.
35."But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return ; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High ; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.
36."Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.