Acorns From Oakes

Seeing With Our Father's Eyes

I Had A Dream…

   The past six days have been filled with joy. All five of our grandchildren,  from age 5 down to 11 months, brought their parents and came home to us for awhile from as far away as Bakersfield, California…Russelville, Kentucky…and Parkersburg, West Virginia. In spite of the serious messes and shortcomings of my life, God has filled my quiver with the most beautiful of arrows. I never expected or deserved the unimagined delights and lessons that one receives from having his own children to hold…to cherish…to work for…to try to aim toward fellowship with their Best Father, Who is in heaven. And yet, in addition to all God has done and is doing for me in my Savior Jesus Christ, He has given me (and my lovely wife, Vicki) the three best children in all the world…and then He added to our family their wonderful, faith-filled, loving mates…and now, such joy my heart cannot measure or contain, He has gifted us with the world’s most wonderful grandchildren…my five starrs…Sklar, Trapper, Adi, Remi and Rilyn. Each day I am greeted with the most amazing truths…that God’s love for me is defined by the life, mission, death, burial, resurrection and continued efforts of the One and OnlyJesus Christ…that He has saved me in Him and is keeping me saved in Him…that He has made me a partner with Him in His work in our world…and that He has gifted me with such a family…and with such friends…the precious people of my life whose examples of faith, hope and love (a love that extends even to someone like me) amaze and inspire me regularly.

   During this most recent visit, my oldest granddaughter, Skylar, told me that she had dreamed about me. (You might remember that Sky-baby had a pretty rough start in life, with health issues related to a syndrome with which she was born and with which she still struggles. She has come so very far by the grace of God and the loving watchcare of her parents.) Anyway…here’s what she said. “I had a dream about you, Papi (that’s what she calls me now).” And I replied, “You did!” And she said, “Yeah! I was sleeping in my room. And I woke up. And you were there. I was happy!”

   Now…it’s been so long since anyone had a favorable dream about me that I can’t remember if it ever happened. I can’t tell you what Skylar’s words meant to this old poppa’s heart. But I feel her love…as well as the love of all the rest of my family…walking with me day by day. And I wish/pray to so live my life that if, perchance, they think of me one winter’s day when the leaves have gone away and a cold wind blows…that their hearts might feel a bit of warmth…that even the faintest glimmer of a smile might light their face…and that they will remember that their poppa loved them…and even if it was a poor, pathetic kind of love…that at least it was with his whole heart and soul. And if somehow in such reflection they find anything that causes them to think good about God…this would be my dream.

   What’s yours?

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4 thoughts on “I Had A Dream…

  1. PAPI – YOU MAKE THE BEST PAPI. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DREAM SKYLAR HAD AND HOW BEAUTIFUL WHAT SHE SAID (TEARS IN MY EYES THINKING OF WHAT SHE SAID TO HER POPPA OAKES). THE BEST PART OF SKYLAR SAYING THIS TO HER POPPA IS THAT SHE COULD NOT ALWAYS TALK REAL GOOD AND SHE IS TALKING SAYING THINGS SO CLEAR. I CALLED DOUG AND VICKI THE OTHER NIGHT AND SKYLAR GOT ON AND SAID “I LOVE YOU GAIL” SO PLAIN AND CLEAR. MAKES US SO HAPPY TO HEAR HER TALK TO US.

    I WAS JUST IN UTUBE LISTENING TO SUSAN BOYLE SING “I DREAMED A DREAM”. IT WAS SO BEAUTIFULLY SUNG BY HER AND THIS IS SO SWEET WITH HEARING SKYLAR TALK ABOUT HER DREAM. IN SUSAN BOYLE SONG SHE HAS A PART IN THERE THAT SAYS “I PRAY THAT GOD WILL BE FORGIVING”. IF YOU GET A CHANCE LISTEN TO THIS SONG.

    THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING GOOD AND I HOPE WE ARE SHOWING THE CHILDREN GOODNESS AND PLENTY OF LOVE. IT JUST FILLS US UP TO THE OVERFLOWING OF OUR HEARTS WITH GRATITUDE TOWARD OUR GOD.

    DOUG YOU SAY THINGS SO PRETTY ABOUT YOUR PRECIOUS FAMILY. I LOVE TO HEAR IT!!!

    TO DOUG’S CHILDREN – WE LOVE ALL OF YOUR PRECIOUS, SWEET BABIES SO MUCH. IF WE JUST STOP AND BE AWARE AND WATCH THEM THEY TEACH US SO MUCH. THE ANGELS IN OUR LIVES.

    • oakesclan on said:

      Dear sis, I know the song Susan B. sang. It’s from the screenplay of the book Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. It is a powerful song. Whoever wrote it must surely have been inspired by Hugo’s amazing novel. Everyone should be forced to read it, if they want to. We who have come home to God by way of the Cross…who are privileged to live in the glory of Calvary…we know by faith, even in those times when our hearts would tell us differently, that God is forgiving. But in Hugo’s story, Fantine, whose life took such a tragic turn when the lover of her youth, seduced her, impregnated her, and then treated her like a prostitute. In order to care for her baby, she did indeed have to turn to the “oldest profession.” And she hated herself for it…but didn’t know what else to do. Sick with her final illness she sings this haunting song…once she had a dream, but it had long since vanished…now she hopes, although in vain, she thinks, that God, when she meets Him, may be forgiving. Wish everyone could know, like we know, that it is no dream. It is real. God is a forgiver. The way back to hope…the way home…is opened through the body and blood of our Savior. Let’s keep the dream alive.

  2. So many dreams … so little time. I’m so glad that you had a good time and got to see EVERYONE … your heart must be swelling.

    What came to mind as I read Skylar’s words, were the words of my brother over the Thanksgiving holiday. He and I had taken a ride to get drinks from Sonic … mostly a time for us to get away from the house. His wife texted him while we were out and said they were going to the park and could we pick them up on our way back to the house.

    On a sidenote … his 3 kids had been wanting to go the park to play volleyball all day. They are 10, 6, and 4 (I think — I’m an aunt that forgets details like age.) The point is that they are pretty small to play volleyball. So we ignored their pleas and went to the horse races instead. They had fun, but as soon as we got in the car they were back on the volleyball train.

    So while my brother and I went to get cokes … his wife took the three kids to the park to play volleyball. When we pulled in the lot to pick them up we saw the four of them on the volleyball court with a little ball that the wind kept catching … and one of my mom’s exercise balls. They were having so much fun.

    As my middle neice came running to the truck my brother was saying how much she was like him … she’s so sweet and sensitive … smiling all the time … and laughing a contagious laugh. I watched her run toward us … smiling with excitement over nothing really … over life, I guess. And I said a prayer … that God would allow her to keep that joy and sweet attitude. I know it’s naive to think she can stay innocent forever, but I want God to hover over her and protect her heart.

    Like Skylar she is so innocent and so sweet. She has a kind heart that you never want to see touched by the damaging parts of life that we’ve experienced.

    So my dream is that God will choose to come and take us all home … soon. Before more innocence is lost.

  3. oakesclan on said:

    Kids are so great. It’s a privilege to watch them experience life…to observe the differences in each of them and how that affects how they react to the same things. I never tire of watching our grandchildren process things and relate to each other. Like you, I pray for your niece…for our own beloved…and for all the children everywhere…that, no matter what, God will keep their beautiful spirits alive within them. I believe we are on our way back to the innocence. It’s been a long, long time since I lost mine. I can’t remember what it felt like. Every single day of my life I’m reminded by my faults that I am in a far off country as far as innocence is concerned. But I believe God sees me as innocent as He views me through the lens of Calvary…through the sacrifice of Jesus. And I believe that what He has begun in me, will one day be completed by Him. Eternity will be innocence restored. That’s my dream.

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