Last night I had a nightmare. It was the kind of dream that is so frightening that you wake up in a cold sweat. I reached for my Husband but he wasn't there! Apparently he had a rough night too and was up reading on the couch. I jumped out of bed and rushed into the living room and almost knocked him off the couch trying to get as close to him as I possibly could. He put those strong arms around me and I immediately felt better.
The two of us have felt lately like we are living in a nightmare of sorts in one area of our lives. It's been the most trying thing we have dealt with in our young marriage and brought us to our knees, brought me in particular to tears, and brought us many sleepless nights. Sometimes we find ourselves just wishing that we would wake up from this bad dream. I would imagine that just like everyone has suffering in life, everyone goes through times in the valley or times that a situation in life feels like a nightmare they can't wake up from.
My mind just keeps going back to the amazing comfort I found in the arms of my Husband last night when I woke from my nightmare. I instantly felt safe and I also realized as he held me that the thing that was so incredibly scary to me in the middle of the dream - was actually kind of silly as I looked back at it. The comfort He gave me was incredible and complete. As followers of the Creator of the Universe - we have the most comforting Arms to run to when we experience the inevitable nightmares of life. God is never busy (and unlike my sweet Husband who wasn't in bed when I had my dream last night - He is RIGHT there when we reach for Him every single time). God's comfort is complete, and as we rest in the ultimate safety of His arms even the most horrible nightmares loose some of their sting. Just like last night I was totally freaked out until I was in Joshua's arms - nothing can truly comfort us in the nightmares of life other than the Arms of our Savior. There is no adequate substitute for that comfort.
Today was a big day for Joshua and I as we faced a very important part of our living nightmare. We prayed with every breath today. As we went about our day which was full of errands and being busy, NOTHING could comfort us except prayer. I think it's not an exaggeration that without the Arms of Jesus to run to today, we would be a huge mess tonight. And yet we're not. I think we'll sleep in peace tonight knowing that we made it, and forever wrapped in the loving and comforting Arms of our God.