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Swimming With Alligators

I don’t normally have many dreams – that I remember anyway. I had several last night. A couple of them didn’t make as much sense as others once I woke up but one in particular was vivid. Probably because it was what I was dreaming as I awoke.

The dream…

We lived on a bayou of sorts that looked more like a canal on a row of beach houses. We must have been accustomed to swimming in it because my daughter in law and I thought nothing of jumping in at one end to swim home. Nevermind that we jumped off of the end of the overpass ramp of Hwy 332 coming from Freeport into Clute/Lake Jackson to get in. haha! My hometown folks reading this will understand that.

Kadi and I began our swim home.The water was nice. I remember it being brown but not dirty or too salty (it’s my dream after all). All of the houses were on the right side. I don’t actually know what was on the left shore. That could have had something to do with being focused on what I did notice on my left. There were bubbles and ripples at the surface of the water in the shape of a VERY large alligator. I acknowledged its hugeness, processed its potential peril and kept swimming. Just a little bit faster though. Ever aware that it could eat me at any moment.

At one point I knew that danger was imminent. I yelled to Kadi several times to get out. “Find a place to get out quickly!”. We kept swimming. She was able to quickly reach the staircase of a home that went from the water to the porch. Apparently she was a better swimmer than me. 🙂

I kept swimming. Faster. I knew the alligator was swimming with me. I could feel its presence. I desperately tried to reach the safety of a staircase. Any staircase.

I woke up.

I woke up relieved that Kadi had made it to safety. I can see her sitting safely on the porch and that makes me happy. I woke up surprised that I didn’t feel fearful but calmly telling myself that I have to keep swimming. (Thank you, for the visual and audio replay, Dory!)

Isn’t this life??? There seems to be an alligator perilously close. Some people make it to safety and others must continue swimming.

Alligator Don't Stop Swimming

Swim to safety. As fast as you can. But whatever you do, don’t stop swimming cause that alligator is big!

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion (or alligator) looking for someone to devour. ~1 Peter 5:8 

~Andrea

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I'm a stumbling pilgrim and gatherer of stories. Stories about Jesus and how He gave His life for me, sustains me and redeems me... even though...

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  1. Oh MY GOODNESS what a dream!!!! I’m glad it wasn’t too traumatic for you- and there were so many random parts of it that made me laugh! Just CRAZY!! I love that you remembered it with such detail, and how you weaved scripture so relevant to your story. 🙂

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    • I’m actually surprised it wasn’t traumatic too! I woke up in complete peace. Knowing the imminent danger but knowing that safety was just ahead. Thanks for stopping by, Chris.

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  2. What a great visual! And moral, taken from your dream… What I kept thinking about is that sometimes we ignore that danger (swimming just beside us), believing we can swim fast enough, and don’t always seek the One (safety) that’s available… Thanks for the reminder!

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    • That’s a good perspective, Lori! Dreams are often multi-faceted. In my case, the alligator was too big to be ignored. 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by! Come again. And often.

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