Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” — The Book of Revelation, 5:5.
I dreamed Saturday night, 31 October of that year, the night of the day that I took my comprehensive oral exam for my Master of Art (MA) degree in Theological Studies at Christendom College, that a large male lion approached me as I was walking with a friend. I was afraid but stood my ground.
This lion then leapt up and hugged me affectionately. I experienced peace and a knowledge of his love in this embrace.
This dream reminded me of the Lion of Judah (our Lord, Jesus Christ) who, after many had lost hope, stood his ground and conquered and was found worthy to open the seven seals – against all odds – because with God, nothing will be impossible.
I, myself, in my unworthiness for this Degree, did not want to take the comprehensive written and oral exams, the successful completion of which was required for the award of the MA degree. I feared failure. I had considered forfeiting the Degree for certificates instead. But, God gave me courage, and I chose to trust in God, and God has been my help and encouragement in the face of probable failure. I passed!
We are all subject to tribulations and struggles. We must trust in the Lord and persevere, even in fear of failure.
Thank You, Lord, for Your gracious help. I called on You, and You heard my cry, and You helped me. You saved me from destruction, and I am Yours, and You are mine forever.
I love You, and I praise You. Amen.