(Edited by sister Cheryl Lowe.)
Today I had a dream about a train again.
I forgot most parts of the dream, and can only remember the last portion…
I am staying with others in a station. The ones with me become impatient because we are not doing anything in particular. Finally, they come to me for understanding. I was somehow assigned to give guidance to these people and have been waiting for them to ask me questions. “Why we are here?” And, “where we are going?” Etc… For some reason, they have always imagined that we are to be dispatched to a particular place, and to start a life there. They become impatient with the situation because they aren’t able to live like the city dwellers around us. In the dream, it seems that I am the only one who knows that we are to always travel until we reach a final destination, given by the Lord. And this long period of waiting and seemingly being idle was designed and arranged by the Lord for our group as His chosen ones, so that we can all truly embrace His view of what our life should be. We are only sojourners until we have arrived at our destination.
Now as they gather around me in the waiting room of the station, the Lord begins to instruct me to explain to them our present situation. So I share with them that the train is quickly arriving, and we are soon to embark on our next leg of the journey. I am able to give them the plan because, as if in a vision, I see that the train is traveling quickly on a track across a vast plain, approaching the outskirts of the city where we are. It is carrying others who are in our group but somehow have been lagging behind. I understand now that we had arrived on an earlier train and were left in the station so we can wait for them to catch up. When they arrive, we will then join them on their train and travel on again into the far horizon of the same vast plain, from west to east.
As I was pondering on this, The Lord began to teach me again on “the train of His glory,” which is one of the themes that he has been teaching me through the years.
It somehow is also related to the dream I had a few days ago about beginning to journey on a straight snow-covered path to the mountain top. I need to write that one down as well…
Here are a few main points of what the Lord revealed to me:
1. The train of glory is a picture of our spiritual life from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3. ) It is a parable of our spiritual pilgrimage unto Mount Zion as a generation of His chosen people, being made holy by the Lord as His Family and sons of God.
2. When Isaiah came to see the Lord, he said that the train of His glory fills His temple. We, the sons of our Heavenly Father, are the train of His glory. The glory that comes to the sons of God is not the kind of glory that Moses and Solomon saw, but the Glory revealed through Jesus Christ as the Son of God , which is wisdom and love in Christ the Son, and the pleasure and goodness of our Father. It is an invisible glory, even veiled from angels.
Interestingly, Shekhinah glory is “a grammatically feminine Hebrew ancient blessing of ‘the feminine aspect of God’. The female side of God. The original word means the dwelling or settling, and denotes the dwelling or settling of the divine presence of God, especially in the Temple in Jerusalem.”
But the Glory that is in Psalm 68, and what is taught by our Lord Jesus, is our Father’s Glory. It is a different dwelling place, which the House of the Father, as Jesus shared in:
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
9Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
This distinction designates two kinds of life. One is dying out or diminishing eventually, like the corruptible earthly being of man. The other is ever increasing and it’s increase is like the very life of the Son of God, which is of no end until the Father is able to fill all in all.
Jesus explained this well in His final prayer for the disciples before His death:
3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. 4 I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 9 I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
3. The pattern of ascension is the way by which the sons of God are to enter into this Glory. The mystery of this design and work of God was revealed to David, however it is still only shadow and types, like what Moses received. Examine Psalm 68 carefully and the life mission of David in the plan of the Lord will unlock some major understandings of a divine plan of the Lord across the ages, and also in the Heavenly realms, concerning the fate of man.
4. Being led captive in His train. This is how we are to ascend into the Headship of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10, Ephesians 4.) Even being renewed with the “mind of Christ.” I need to ponder on this more.
5. As I come back to revise this dream, I am reminded that I myself have been suffering some struggles and doubts of what my life should be like, as the Enemy of my soul is able to taunt me. The reason is because my vision of a blessed life has not been fully revised by God’s revelation, and the clarity of my faith and hope of the Glory of God. Deep in a place almost unaware to my expressed desires and consciousness is the longing for a blessed home in a blessed community with my own people around me. Somehow, I have been feeling like a lonely orphan, struggling to find a warm home. This desire is vividly depicted in the children’s story of the girl selling matches who died on a Christmas Eve. But this vision of life is earthly, and remains unenlightened by the wisdom of God. It is an earthly home I am seeking and an earthly family I have been desiring. The Lord evidently wants me to be rid of such a skewed view of family life so that I can truly become part of His Home and His Family, which is by the Spirit, in Heaven, and with the Son and those who belong to Him in the Father’s house. (Hebrews 11-12)
Also I am yet again reminded of what Jesus, Peter and Paul explained- that as Holy Ones of God (saints), we are but sojourners and strangers in this world.
Today, I am reminded that the train is His train of glory. But it also speaks of His discipleship (training) or the renewal of our minds into the mind of Christ, as implied in Hebrews 5.
From heart to mind (head) is the next leg of journey that the Lord has inaugurated for us.