7 – Longing for Understanding – Unfolding the Dream

Joe and Sarah are about to explore his crazy dream. Can Joe remember all the details, will Sarah think he is a little crazy and decide she should keep a little distance or is it possible that there is more to this story than meets the eye?

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Joe jumped in his car and headed towards the town Pub. His mind totally consumed with thought as he tried to analyze the events leading up to his evening of unrest caused him to drive right on by the Pub. When Joe arrived at the outskirts of town his senses re-emerged and he pulled over to the side of the road. Shaking off his thoughts he checked the time finding that he needed to hurry or he could be late meeting up with Sarah. Seeing the traffic was clear, Joe quickly pulled a u-turn and headed back toward the Pub..

Joe pulled into the Pub back parking lot and found the first open parking space, pulled in and quickly made his way to the back door. As soon as he was inside he could see Sarah sitting at a table in the corner texting something on her phone. As Joe approached the table, Sarah looked up with her big smile and didn’t have to say one word to let Joe know how happy he was to see her, even though it had been less than 24 hours since they were last together. Joe smiled as he walked behind Sarah stopping long enough to give her a short kiss on the cheek, said thanks for coming and slid into the chair next to her.

Sounds like you had a much longer evening than I did, commented Sarah. Tell me about this crazy dream you had. Joe started out slow, searching for all the right words. After about a minute into his story he was off to the races, his mind was racing so fast he was only giving Sarah part of the story as he was skipping words without even being aware of how he sounded.  Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down commented Sarah. Joe not aware he was talking so fast, took a deep breath, looked at Sarah and said – sorry. Sarah reach over and put her hand on Joe’s and said; it must have been some dream. Tell it to me in detail, but just a little slower. Just then their waitress walked up and asked if they were ready to order. Joe looked at Sarah and before he could say anything, Sarah ordered up two Pils from the Pubs brew house, told her to leave the menus explaining they would need a little time. All Joe could do was smile as Sarah looked at him and said – from the beginning.

Ok Joe started. I was driving home and all I could think about was what Dr. Bob told us last night. He kept the part about thir goodnight kiss to himself. All the talk about dinosaurs and how they must have lived on earth with man in spite of all the teachings that they are supposed to be millions of years old and man only a few thousand. Then he talked about what the Bible says about creation. Then he talked about how this earth could be approximately 6500 years old if you take into account information from the Bible when doing scientific exploration, experiments, and calculations. Nothing adds up to me! I understand what your saying Sarah commented, but what about the dream? OK said Joe. Here it goes and you have to promise not to laugh. I promise replied Sarah with a slight smile.

Well it all started out when I fell asleep in my chair I guess. I found myself running for my life as a giant dinosaur was chasing me. Just as I was about to become his dinner I found myself in this beautiful garden. It had this huge fountain and you were standing on the other side waving at me telling me to come over and join you. The sun was shining and the mist was creating one of the most beautiful rainbows. I was reaching for your hand when I heard a noise and looked up to see a large prehistoric looking bird swooping down. I looked back and you were gone, the beautiful garden was gone and his claws sunk into my shoulders as he picked me off the ground and began to fly away. Just as I could feel the last of my energy drain from my body, I found myself falling into a body of water. I had no strength left and was quickly sinking downward. I could feel the presure build up on my body as I struggled to hold my breath. I was approaching the bottom when I felt something take my hand and bring me back to the surface. Next I remember looking toward what was the shoreline and I could see the garden again and you were there. I started to swim to shore as quickly as I could and just as I was about to reach out to you, something grabbed my leg, you were gone, the garden was gone, and down I went again. I remember holding my breath and feeling like it was all over when I felt myself heading back to the surface. Something threw me up on the beach. I stood up, tried to get some air in my lungs, shook my head, opened my eyes and found myself out of breath facing the chair in my living room! Wow said Sarah. That’s what I call a rough night! So what happened next? Did you get back to sleep? I think I would have been up all night if that happened to me. Well I did go to bed and finally fell asleep Joe said. How did you get all those thoughts out of your mind? How were you able to relax Sarah asked. Well to tell you the truth, I started to think about the goodnight kiss we had and everything started to feel better. Sarah had a slight blush on her face as she said; I didn’t know I had that kind of effect on you. Kinda cool she thought to herself as she remembered how she also fell asleep.

Sarah looked at Joe and asked; what do you think all this is about? I have heard that dreams are sometimes a way our mind sorts out things we don’t understand especially when it’s on overload. Sometimes people have visions and dreams of a religious means. Sometimes people just have weird dreams that can be triggered by events we don’t understand, Sarah continued. Joe looked Sarah in the eye and said; I don’t know what to think. I just know the only good part of last night was you, but I don’t know how to deal with all this. Something is wrong one way or another. Both sides can’t be right. You told me you had doubts in the past, but you have settled on the belief that God created everything. I don’t have any friends I can ask about this except you. Most of my friends would laugh at me and tell me to get real. Just then their waitress walked up and asked if they were ready to place their order. Joe looked at Sarah and said; I’m buying if you are up to it. Sarah smiling said, I can stay but it’s my treat tonight. I think you’ve been through enough in the last 24 hours. Just let me text mom and let her know I won’t be home for dinner.

Joe asked Sarah if she would like to share an order of the Nacho’s Supreme as their waitress approached their table. Sound good Sarah replied. They ordered up along with a couple Cokes. Once their waitress walk away, Joe started to laugh saying; I felt pretty stupid laying all this on you. Hey, isn’t that what real friends are for replied Sarah. Yes, but I don’t want you to think I’m a mess. I really like you and don’t want to scare you away. Well I kinda feel the same, but I think we need to figure this out first Sarah said with a slight grin. Joe shifted in his chair as the comment Sarah had just made sent blood rushing to his head as his heart started to pump a little faster. Do I really have a chance with this super hot girl? I better get all this stuff figured out before she decides to take a hike and not with me!

They had some small talk while waiting for their food to arrive. If felt like only a few minutes went by when the waitress brought their Nacho’s.  Once they started to dig in to their food, Sarah looked up and told Joe; I am not the one that has all the answers you’re looking for. As your friend I want to help you find answers, but we will probably need help from other people also. I have my opinion, but I also have concluded it takes faith to believe in either side. However,  when I dug into the scientific side I found that most of the research is performed using a specific set of assumptions. Other possible assumptions such as those that could be derived from the Bible are dismissed by most researchers. I found that there appeared to be a mission to dismiss any possibility that God exist which just didn’t make any sense to me. If He does, then why would they want to keep this from us? This is when I started to dig deeper. I formed my belief based on what I learned. I truly believe that God exists, that He created everything we see including us. What I can’t do is make that decision for you. That one is yours alone. I think we should go to the library and research the sciences and maybe we can hook-up with Dr. Bob again. I would love to do that replied Joe. Will you help me get started? You know I will Sarah replied with a smile. everyone needs to figure this stuff out. It really does have a life altering effect if we get it wrong.

The waitress returned with the paid receipt. Sarah had already slipped her credit card to her while Joe visited the restroom. I really need to get going Joe. Let’s give this a couple days and we can talk. As they walked out Joe reached for Sarah’s hand and pulled her to a stop. Sarah, you are something special. Your not like all those other church goers I have known. You don’t ever put on a different face. You are real and true to who you are and what you believe. But most important, you never tell me I am wrong. You leave that up to me. I hope no mater what happens between us, we will always remain friends. Sarah looked at Joe, slid her hand around his neck and raised herself high enough to plant a big kiss. Joe responded with a supper hug as he relished the rush he was having while embracing Sarah. She turned and started towards her car and hollered back telling Joe to call her in a couple days.

To be Continued

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How will Joe sleep tonight? How will he move forward? Where will Joe place his faith?  Can Joe and Sarah ever become more than just really good friends?  

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