Are You Ready to Meet Your Maker? (My Dream)

Last night I had a dream. It was one of those shocking ones that jolts you emotionally and where you think long and hard about what you can take away from it. Even though it was very difficult to witness what I did in my sleep, I am so thankful that the Lord allowed me to once again be challenged about where I am investing my time and how my walk is before Him. are-you-ready-to-meet-your-maker-dream-women-abiding

In my dream, our eight year old son and I were walking into a public swimming pool complex. We got there just three minutes before they were closing, but the guy at the entrance let us in. We were joyful and glad to have made it in time. There were two swimming pools, one that was clearly for children and a very large one where adults were swimming.

As we were walking in between the two swimming pools, I sent my son ahead to go put his towel down and hop into the children’s pool, which he obediently did (I told you I was dreaming :-)). I was wearing regular clothes with shoes, and just after he walked off, I slipped in a puddle right beside the large pool and slipped backwards into the water. Now, ordinarily, this would just be another incident to add to my most embarrassing moments collection, however, one thing turned it from a casual accident to a life-threatening experience. I can’t swim (in real life or in dreams!).

So there I was, plunged on my back into deep waters. And they were deep. I remember being amazed at how bottomless the pool seemed. Deeper and deeper I sank.

The first emotion I felt was peace. I would have thought that I would panic more in such a situation, but I was surrounded by the peace that transcends understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The next thing was that a Casting Crowns chorus from this song came into my mind:

If we’ve ever needed You, Lord, it’s now, Lord, it’s now,

We are desperate for Your hand, we’re reachin’ out, we’re reachin’ out.

All the while I was waiting and expectant that someone will jump in and save me. There were people standing all around the pool, but I wasn’t sure if anyone noticed that I fell in, and I was sinking so deep that I began thinking that even if someone was on their way it would take a while to reach me.

The dream was so vivid. And I woke up before knowing how the story ended.

I was shocked and found myself trying to complete the various possible outcomes in my imagination.

But then I realized that how the dream ended wasn’t really important for me to know. The crucial question for you and I to ask isn’t “Did I make it?” No. It’s far more imperative than that. This is what we we should be asking:

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Because it will happen, my friend. Possibly tomorrow, perhaps in six months, definitely within the next 80 years. But one thing is for absolute 100% certain. Meet our Maker, we will!

So, are you ready?

You see, during those seemingly endless seconds while my life hung in the balance in my dream, I was not thinking about how many blog subscribers I have, or that I should have learned to make more money, or even whether I had managed to teach my children to be hard workers. None of these, plus a thousand other activities that you and I have filled our minds with are going to be of any consequence at all as we are facing death eyeball to eyeball.

The only responses that will matter are the ones that answer these questions:

Have you repented of, and turned away from, your sins?

Have your sins been covered by His life-giving redeeming blood?

Have you obeyed His Word?

Have you brought Him the glory due His Name on this Earth?

Have you been a faithful testimony before others of His goodness and salvation?

Have you loved and served those He has brought into your life whole heartedly and sacrificially?

These are the thoughts that will remain…

When all is stripped away.

All the noise.

All the clutter.

All the distractions.

All the world.

And it’s just YOU.

And just HIM.

It’s about going back to the drawing board. Being given a chance to evaluate, examine and execute our lives in a way that counts. Removing all fluff, falsehood, and fruitless deeds from our path.

And with His help, living a life that counts. On earth as it does in Heaven.

Are you ready to meet your Maker?

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71 Responses to Are You Ready to Meet Your Maker? (My Dream)

  1. What a dream! Praise the Lord that you could have peace through it. Thank you for the wise point– the end is all about meeting our maker!

  2. Tehila, I’m hoping that everyone who reads about your dream will be challenged to answer the questions you pose so wisely. In the end, it will come down to the presence of God and me. Nothing else will be important then.

    • womenabiding says:

      So true, Michele! I think that as we go through daily life, most of us don’t think about the essentials that will stand only at the end of our lives… which is probably a normal thing 🙂 You’re a blessing! xoxo

  3. Keri says:

    Thankful for the peace of God! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ruth says:

    And the wonderful thing is…that when those essential questions are answered and we live each day “united with Christ” then all the seemingly mundane things fall into place as vehicles of glory for the Maker we are so looking forward to “meeting” in person. How different our lives would be if we truely lived each day with this as our starting point. Thank you for this reminder today Tehila.

    • womenabiding says:

      I believe you’re 100% right, Ruth! Even though we don’t usually live our lives as though we will meet our Maker that day, it really is the most perspective-changing way and helps put all we do in the light of His glory! How wonderful to have had you share your beautiful words here today. Thank you so much!!! xoxo

  5. Yes, what a dream indeed! Thank you for sharing. I’m stopping by from women with intention Wednesdays. Blessings

  6. Yes, what a dream indeed! Thank you for sharing. I’m stopping by from women with intention Wednesdays. Blessings to you

  7. Deborah says:

    I think of this often. Am I ready to meet my Maker? I pray that I am. I know that I’m a sinner saved by grace. I sin in some form every day. Not that I mean to, it’s just that sometimes I do things before I think. I know that it’s the devil tempting me. I tell him that I am a child of God. The devil can’t have me. I fail so often. I ask for forgiveness for all the sins that I commit. God has been so good to me. I pray that I am worthy of His forgiveness.

    Thank you so much for this. I needed it.

    • womenabiding says:

      Darling Deborah… I adore your humility. Unfortunately we don’t stop sinning when we are saved by His grace. But we have His once and for all forgiveness for all sins past, present and future. Our love for and gratitude to our Saviour compel us to obey His Word and His Spirit convicts us if we stray away. There is no condemnation for those who know God and walk according to His purposes. If you are genuinely saved, you are worthy, not by your own merit or worthiness, but because of HIS! With my love and care to you xoxo

  8. Melinda Wood says:

    Yes ma’am, I’m ready to meet Him! I pray that anyone who happens to read this blog will have the full assurance of her readiness, and if not, will take steps to ensure where she will reside for eternity. Blessings to you and yours!!

    • womenabiding says:

      You could not have said this better, Melinda! A big Amen and if anyone is reading these words and is hesitating about whether she is indeed ready, perhaps not being able to answer the crucial questions in the post, please contact me and I’d loooooove to be in touch about how you can know your Creator personally! Thanks so much, Melinda 🙂 xoxoxo

  9. Leslie says:

    Amen. Have we turned to Jesus for his wonderful gift of salvation. Thanks for sharing such a powerful dream experience with our readers at the #LMMLinkup.

  10. Conny says:

    Thank you for sharing! This puts so may things into perspective. Its so good to be reminded. Because we don t want to waste our lives….

    • womenabiding says:

      My sweet friend, Conny! I loooooove your comments and that you are so active on Women Abiding! You are such a source of blessing in my life! Yes, when we think about standing before God as we face eternity, it certainly does put our earthly lives into eternal perspective. You’re so right! Hugs and love xoxo

  11. Jann Olson says:

    I am trying to be ready, but have a ways to go yet! Hope it doesn’t happen any time soon. 🙂 Realistic dreams like that really get us thinking. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • womenabiding says:

      I’m with you on that one, Jann! Even though it’s good to be ready to meet our Creator, there is a very real God given desire to live this life for as long as possible! I hope your time doesn’t come any time soon, too 🙂 Hugs xoxo

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I love that in your dream you sensed peace and had a song! I think that’s so comforting in spite of the disturbing nature of the dream.

    • womenabiding says:

      Yes, Elizabeth. It was a great comfort, and I pray that when I am about to meet my Maker in real time, that this would be my experience, too… It is such a joy to have had you stop by! God bless you today and always xox

  13. Tani Newton says:

    It must be the season for vivid dreams because on almost the same night I dreamed that I murdered somebody!! I have no idea who he was, some nondescript guy in a blue suit, but I had everything figured out – what to do with the murder weapon, how I was going to get away, etc. It was so real that even when I woke up I still thought it had happened. It was early on Sunday morning and I was lying there trying to figure out if I could go to church or not and if I was really a Christian if I had just murdered somebody.

    This brings a lot of fairly obvious philosophical questions to mind, but Tehila dear, I do hope that I would be more likely to have your dream in real life than mine! And I hope that when my moment comes with the swimming pool I will know that peace and assurance that you describe so beautifully. Thank you.

    • womenabiding says:

      Tani, my dear beloved friend! What a blessing and honour to see you here! Clearly we have even more in common than we previously thought if we even dream significant dreams on the same night 🙂 Thank you for sharing your intense experience with me. It must have been such a relief to realise that it had all just been a dream. I love you! xxoxooxoxoxo

  14. Laura Davis says:

    I found your blog from Word of God Speaks and I’m so glad I clicked on the link. One would think that contemplating death (or meeting our Maker) would be morose. But it is far from that. Your dream helped you put things in perspective. God showed you what really mattered. I find that these types of dreams are when I hear from God the most. Mainly because my mind is so “full” that having me unconscious is probably the only way for Him to get through to me! LOL! I actually came to know the Lord through a dream. Thanks for sharing.

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you so much for stopping by, Laura, and for sharing your experience. God certainly does have a way of getting His children’s attention 🙂 While God’s Word is definitely the authority in our lives as believers, I, too, have found that I have gleaned a lot from dreams He’s allowed me to have, and my faith has grown as a result of several of them in particular. You’re a wonderful blessing! xoxo

  15. A reminder to make us think … to make us reflect … to make us hope for the day we come face to face with Jesus! I do look forward to that day, but goodness, we must be intentional about our faith life! Thank you for this reminder, Tehila! And thank you for sharing this hope alongside me at Moments of Hope!!

    Much love,
    Lori

  16. Shannon says:

    WOW! What a dream! Sometimes we (I for sure) get so busy about our daily life that we forget about coming face to face with Jesus someday!!! What a hope and what a promise!!

    • womenabiding says:

      Totally agree, Shannon! In the midst of daily life, we don’t often give thought to the fact that we will have a final day and then face our Lord! It’s helpful, but hard, to live each day as though it were our last, but actually, that perspective is life changing! Thank you so much for your input here. Such a blessing! xoxo

  17. Marie says:

    Absolutely! I can hardly wait to sit at His feet and enjoy His eternal presence. Great post. Loved it! Marie

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you so much, Marie. It is indeed a beautiful and exciting wonder to anticipate on this Earth! The reason for our hope! Blessings to you, sweet sister xoxo

  18. powerful dream! I always have trouble going back to sleep after those. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Dear Tehila, I couldn’t leave your site without thanking you for such an inspiring message. There is so many distractions and inconsequential things invading our thoughts and minds each day, but only one reality for us. We all will come face to face with the Almighty. Thank you for speaking this truth.
    Love to you from Arizona.

    • womenabiding says:

      Precious Gleniece (what a beautiful, unique name!). Thank you for your warm words of encouragement to me today. They are so much appreciated! With love to you from New Zealand! xoxox

  20. WONDERFUL post and such an important reminder. I sometimes ask myself – if I died today, am I ready to meet my maker? In a sense the answer would always be no but there are some days when I think – this isn’t my best – and I need to repent before Him right now.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop).

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

    • womenabiding says:

      Hi Jennifer! I looooove that you said that actually, the answer will always be “no” in being ready to meet our Maker! You’re so right! We’ll never “get there,” but we should always, with God’s help and strength, strive to be ready, aim to live in a way that pleases Him so that we can be as ready as we can be in this broken state of ours. I so much appreciate your comment today! Big hug xoxo

  21. Julie says:

    Excellent question, Tehila! We need other Christians to ask us the deep questions, the soul-searching questions. My answer to this one is a resounding “yes!” I’m fully trusting in Christ’s finished work on the cross, so I am ready to meet Him at a moment’s notice. There is so much peace in knowing that He has wonderfully saved me though I am so undeserving. Keep asking the hard questions. May they cause those of us who are saved to grow in our faith and cause those who are not yet saved to realize their need of the Savior.

    • womenabiding says:

      Precious Julie! I read and reread your comment as it had sooooo many brilliant points and encouraging parts! Thank you for sharing them. Praise God for your assurance of salvation and for your heart for the lost. I’ll see you there, sister 🙂 xoxo

  22. Wow, you had a startling dream, a dream that generated this thoughtful blog post. Your questions are perfect food for thought for those who may have only done the first two and gotten distracted by life. Blessings, Alice

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Alice! I pray indeed that these challenging questions would cut to the heart of those who truly do need to hear them… Many blessings to you! xoxo

  23. Thank you for sharing your dream and the thoughts that came out of it. Thanks for sharing truth and for not confining your writing to a select group but have shared it where it is accessible to those who perhaps need it the most.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • womenabiding says:

      Kathleen, your words touched my heart deeply! I have been asked by some link up hosts to refrain from linking up any “religious” posts in order not to offend others. So your words were a welcomed blessing to read! With much love and care to you xoxo

  24. Sinea says:

    Thankfully I can say “yes!” Knowing that everyone I know and love will be ready, too, is on my heart every day. Heaven is the ONLY place to be after we leave planet earth and I want everyone to be there with me 🙂 Trusting God that they will be. ♥

    • womenabiding says:

      It’s a wonderful and commendable desire you have, Sinea. Unfortunately the Bible tells us that the path is narrow and few find it, so we can only hope and pray and share with those we love who don’t yet know our Lord, that they may be saved! Blessings to you! xoxo

  25. Such an important message to get out (although I had to giggle at the part about your son being obedient since it was a dream). Thanks for joining us again at #FridayFrivolity!

  26. Gayl Wright says:

    It’s interesting how dreams can actually wake us up. 🙂 Thanks for sharing and asking the most important question. I’m so glad we are secure in Christ! Blessings to you!

  27. Great questions to ponder and bring us back to center! I love how God has a unique way to get through to each of us. Blessings, Crystal~

  28. I’m impressed with how you kept it with the label of ‘dream’ rather than ‘nightmare’ when talking about drowning. That alone speaks volumes.

    This is a thought provoking article. It’s interesting, and makes the reader face the reality and questions that come with our after life. I’m sad to leave my children when I transition to be with our Lord, but I’m overwhelmed with joy to know that our Father will take care of them and we will be reunited one day. Death shouldn’t be scary, but the unknown often is.

    • womenabiding says:

      Loved your comment, Brandi. Hopefully you won’t be leaving your children for long, and they’ll be right behind you (in light of eternity even another 50 years on earth won’t even feel like a moment in Heaven!). The assurance you have of your salvation is so beautiful, my friend, and I know something that millions would covet! Blessings to you today and forever xoxo

  29. Chizobam says:

    Hello Tehila,

    Thank you for your post. A much needed reminder that our days belong to the Lord and we are here for His glory. It’s ALL about Him.

    • womenabiding says:

      Such a beautiful blog you have, Chizobam (and love the name of your blog, too!) Thank you for being here at Women Abiding. It’s a privilege on my part! xoxo

  30. Ann says:

    My answer to your question is no. How can I know God? How can you KNOW for SURE your forgiven?

    • womenabiding says:

      Ann! Thank you so much for your excellent questions. Thank you for your heart to know the Truth, and for your cry to know with certainty how you can know for SURE that you are forgiven. If for no other reason, having YOU here to make these vital inquiries, was worth writing the post! I’m going to use the Bible to answer, because it’s the only source that can be 100% trusted – God’s very words to us humans.

      Let’s begin with Romans 10:9, which says, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” To believe in your heart means that you trust Him with your life, with your very soul, and that you are willing to follow Him and His Word for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstance. True believers aren’t promised a bed of roses – Yes, God can choose to bless our lives greatly when we walk in His ways, but it’s trusting that whatever comes our way is a gift from the One who knows us, and knows (better than we do) what is best for us, and what brings Him the most glory.

      The verse also talks about confessing that Jesus is Lord. That simply means telling others that you follow Jesus. Being brave enough to tell others that we believe in Jesus, is one of the evidences, according to this verse, that we are forgiven and saved.

      The second verse you should know is Ephesians 2:8, which says, “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith.” Salvation and forgiveness is a gift that God gives. There is nothing YOU can do to earn it. It’s not like if you’ve asked God to forgive you 289 times, that’s when He will. Or if you try to be good for 38 days, you will “deserve” God’s forgiveness. My friend, it is a GIFT! When it says, “it is by GRACE that you have been saved” it means that that it’s nothing you’ve done – it’s a free gift that you don’t deserve, that He wants to give you. And the way you accept this gift, is “through faith” alone. Only by BELIEVING that Jesus is God’s perfect Son, came to this earth and lived a sinless life. God cannot look upon sin because He is PERFECT and HOLY. But you and I are sinful. We’ve been sinning our entire lives. The Bible says “There is no one who does good, not even one.” That’s how I know you are a sinner. And that’s how I know that everyone in this world is a sinner. BUT Jesus had no sin in Him. And when He chose to die on the cross, He was taking all YOUR sin upon Himself (and my sin, too, etc.) so that, if you believe in what He did for you, when God looks at you now, He no longer sees your sin. He just sees Jesus righteousness and perfection. He forgives you for EVERYTHING and ANYTHING you have done, Ann. No matter how terrible you think it is!!! On the cross, Jesus’ last words were, “It is finished!” Your slate is wiped CLEAN and STAYS clean when you believe in the work He did on the cross for YOU, Ann. And of course, all this is just a question of FAITH. Will you believe in what He did for you? Will you believe that He loves you this much, that He would do that for YOU?

      John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, (including YOU, Ann!) that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

      You see, when you BELIEVE in Him and in what He has done for you, you will inherit (as a FREE gift!) eternal life. As my blog post says, you will be ready to meet your Maker. Clean slate, the blood that Jesus shed on the cross for you covering over all your sin, making your spotless in His eyes! And you will live in His eternal Heaven with Him!

      One of my favourite verses in God’s Word is 1 John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      What you need to do is repent. Repent means confessing your sins to God, and then leaving them at His feet, walking away from them!!! It’s not just saying, “I’m sorry God” It’s TURNING AWAY from your sins and turning TOWARDS God. Forsaking your sins. Now, unfortunately that doesn’t mean that you will never sin again. We are still in a sinful body and will be until we reach Heaven. But we are committed to living by God’s Word, and His Holy Spirit which He gives to those who believe in Him guides us throughout this life. His Holy Spirit makes us sensitive to sin. The things we once did (and enjoyed) we start to detest and hate! The holy things we once despised, we start to love and want more of. His Spirit lives in our hearts and we are transformed by Him!

      To continue on with that last verse: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

      Once we confess (repent of and turn away from) our sins, He is FAITHFUL and JUST to FORGIVE us our sins and to CLEANSE us from all unrighteousness (our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose).

      And THAT, beautiful Ann, is how you can KNOW for SURE that you are forgiven!

      One more verse from Revelation 3:20, Jesus says, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Jesus is clearly knocking on the door of your life, Ann. You’re asking such good questions. Questions that people go through their entire lifetimes and never ask. Yet you are asking them!!! And it’s not because of your own goodness. It’s because Jesus is standing at the door of your life and knocking.

      Are you going to open the door, repent and turn to devoting the rest of your life to Him? If you take that step, and live your life with Him as your Lord, you can know that you’re saved.

      1 John 5:11-12 says, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son [by accepting Him as Lord and Saviour]. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

      I hope I have answered your question, Ann. PLEASE don’t hesitate to contact me on my personal email address with any other questions you have: womenabidingblog@gmail.com

      I will be waiting and hoping to hear from you…. xoxoxoxoxoxo

  31. Lisa notes says:

    I have had similar dreams, Tehila. They are so vivid and often stay with me long into the day. Your question is a valid one for each of us: are we ready to meet our Maker? I am ready, not because of who I am, but because of who He is. Thanks for sharing this!

    • womenabiding says:

      Absolutely true, Lisa! It is only Him and His grace and His mercy and His love which are the reason that we will even have the privilege of meeting our Maker and have His compassion and kindness towards us. This dream indeed stayed with me for days… I always looooove having you stop by and comment. You’re a faithful friend! xoxo

  32. liz says:

    Such powerful truth here! I love how your mind found peace even in the midst of a scary dream! Thanks for sharing your story and spreading the gospel!

    • womenabiding says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Liz! It’s only by the grace of God that we have true peace, isn’t it? I couldn’t live without Him, not in this life, and not eternally! You are such a blessing, sweet sister! xoxo

  33. Wow! This spoke to me on so many levels. I feel a peace knowing that at any moment I could meet my maker (sometimes I can hardly wait). What a great reminder to us that our time is limited and that we need to abide in His truths so that we may further His kingdom here on earth. Thank you sister for this post!

    • womenabiding says:

      Awww… thank you for your warm comment, Natalie! I love the fact that you can hardly wait to meet your Maker! That’s the way it should be! You are a huge blessing! Hugs to you xoxo

  34. Ann says:

    Thank you so much for answering my questions. I dreamed last night that I was laying fresh herbs before a great door and praising God. I do not understand the meaning of this dream, but I want you to know I have given my heart to God.

  35. Valerie says:

    Wow that was quite the dream you had. That really spoke to me though. Life is just so precious and this post was a great reminder that our time here on earth is limited.

    • womenabiding says:

      So glad, Valerie… Yes, we often do need the reminder that life is short and precious and fragile. During our busy lives we can so often forget and therefore not invest in what’s really important in the long run… You’ve blessed me with your comment today, sweet friend! xoxo

  36. Jill says:

    Thanks for sharing your dream and thought provoking questions we all need to ponder, Tehila! I pray I’ll be as at peace as you were in the moment. Thanks for the renewed perspective Glad to have stopped by from #RaRaLinkup!

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