by Amanda Read | November 2nd, 2008
As this Election comes to an end, I would like to share with readers why such political experiences so deeply affect me.
I didn’t think anything of politics and government until Election 2000, when I was a 10 year old child. I didn’t really have a clue about what was going on initially, but I heard my parents talking about the Spiritual significance of the time and why we so badly needed a godly leader in the White House.
I didn’t sit around contemplating or interpreting what was going on in the news…until I had a strange, out-of-the-blue dream.
Tuesday, October 24, 2000
“Last night, I had a dream. It was that George W. Bush and Al Gore were standing on maps. At first, it seemed like Al Gore’s map was filling up with votes. But, he seemed afraid of something, I don’t know what. When I looked at George W. Bush’s map, votes practically covered almost all America. After having this dream, I feel that George W. Bush will win the Election for sure!”
In my second, more private journal I included further details about the dream.
“One night in October, I had a dream. George W. Bush and Al Gore were standing on maps. Every time they were colored in, it represented the number of votes they got. At first, it looked like Al Gore would win. In panic, I looked over to G.W. Bush’s map and he won by just a little! Hopefully, G.W. Bush will win.”
Then, on Election Day…
Tuesday, November 7, 2000
“The Election – finally – the day all waited for. All seemed like in my dream – Al Gore seeming to take over when it all came down to Florida. But then, there was a toss-up. ‘Too close to call’ it said on the news. I was not feeling good today. So I missed some of it.”
If I recall correctly, Florida had flashed back and forth from red to blue to red in my dream. I was sick with a bad sore throat and fever on Election Day. Mom came in my bedroom and prayed with me about the Election. I kept insisting, ever since Oct. 24th, that Bush was going to win and that was all there was to it.
I was later amazed to see that the very electoral map pictured in my dream appeared after the Election. The LORD had allowed me, a clueless child, to see what would happen. Oh, how I miss having the innocent faith of a child. A child who awoke one morning and praised GOD in complete trust that regardless of what the media was saying, Bush would be the winner – but by “just a little”.
Shortly after the map dream I had a more comical sort of dream. I dreamed that we were decorating the house for Christmas when suddenly George W. Bush and Al Gore came through our front door and set up their podiums in our living room. We were all bewildered, especially my parents, who insisted that the Election was supposed to be over with before Christmas season. I later figured out the meaning of that one – the Election was still going on in December!
During the 2004 Election my dreams were more vague, but several featured Bush winning. One strange dream featured Bush winning the Election and my family and I visiting the White House. When we were at the White House, strange things indicated that Pope John Paul II and Yasser Arafat died. Perhaps needless to say, those people rarely crossed my mind. However, after President Bush’s reelection, both of them did indeed die. Another interesting twist to include – around the time of that dream, my sister Rachel and I both dreamed on the same night that Mom had another baby, and it was a boy and we named him Benjamin. That came to pass too. :)
This year dreams seem to be held back from me. The closest one to predicting the Election came in September. My dream actually began with me arguing with a guy about the Election over the internet (oh my…it just dawned on me…that IS scarily accurate).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
“Restful Sunday. Read the BIBLE and sang songs. Had a dream last night pertaining to national politics – celebrations of McCain-Palin inaugural in Alaska, prayers of Thanksgiving in advance for victory morning after the Election – Mom, Rachel and I were running to see the news – I was coming last, hearing the cheers from the TV in the master bedroom as I ran down the stairs – but the further down the stairs I got, the more my fear and doubt rose, which ended my dream. How could I be so convinced and then lose faith? I mustn’t do that again…I long for the faith of my childhood.”
The one especially encouraging part of the dream was of my entire family rejoicing in the brisk fall air outside. It went something like Psalm 126:
“When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
Restore our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the South. Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Let us all, whether we agree regarding this Election or not, pray that the LORD JESUS CHRIST’s will be done.
PRAYERS FOR THE NATION AND THE WORLD,