Todd Shupe Reflects On Dream That Carried A Message From God
I have lived 47 years and never felt that I had received a message from God. I envied the people in the Bible that spoke to God either in person, through dreams or angels. I had decided that I was only going to hear God’s word through Godly friends, church, small groups and reading the Bible.
“I longed to hear God talk directly to me. Several friends would tell me of dreams or hearing direction from God — but not me,” said Todd Shupe. “Two nights ago I heard from God for the first time. He sent me a dream with people and symbolism that He knew I would understand and would alleviate any anxiety.”
In the dream, I was on a bus sitting next to the late Dr. Elvin Choong, who has been deceased for over 10 years. Elvin was my PhD adviser at Louisiana State University (LSU) and a dear friend and research collaborator for many years. He was my father figure for many years. There were many people on the bus, but I did not recognize them and the only person who spoke was me. As we traveled down the road, we would periodically encounter some sort of road block (fallen trees or a car wreck) and the road would seem to be impassable.
“The first time this happened, I told Elvin to stop and that there is no way to get through,” said Todd Shupe. “He continued at the same speed and we made it through fine. I have no idea how he did it — but he did.”
We kept encountering roadblocks and he kept driving through. The only thing that changed was my fear was lessened each time until finally I anticipated the road blocks with excitement – I wonder how we are going to get through this road block this time!
Now for my amateur dream interpretation: Elvin was my father figure for many years and he symbolized my heavenly Father. He was in control; I wanted to do things my way at first but gradually came to trust in Him. I was sitting in the front in a leadership position, but I yielded all authority and leadership to Him. The people in the back represented people that count on me — not necessarily financially or emotionally, but in some aspect of life they count on me to smile when we meet, to be available when they need home repairs, to cut their grass when they go on vacation and to serve the church universal.
“I am a leader of many but a follower of Jesus. This dream gave me peace. It showed me that God is in control,” said Todd Shupe. “Life will always bring adversity but with God by your side, you can do all things. I pray if you are struggling with fear, doubt, worry you will realize that God is with you and will never leave you or forsake you.”
These are tools of the enemy to rob you of the joy that God has promised for you. Rebuke them in the name of Jesus. Be blessed, be happy, be the child of God that He has called you to be.
Todd Shupe is the President of DrToddShupe.com and is a well recognized expert on wood-based housing and wood science. Shupe worked as a professor and lab director at LSU for over 20 years. He is active in several ministries including his Christian blog ToddShupe.com. Todd is the Secretary of the Baton Rouge District of United Methodist Men, Database Coordinator for Gulf South Men, and volunteer for the Walk to Emmaus, Grace Camp, Iron Sharpens Iron, Open Air Ministries, HOPE Ministries food pantry. Todd is currently preparing to be a Men’s Ministry Specialist through the General Commission of United Methodist Men.