What is a dream? A "dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that usually occur involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep." What do you do when your dreams become part of your reality? I experienced this on the night of January 21, 2016 when I dreamed of Lucy.
Who is Lucy, you ask? Lucy was my amazing great grandmother who passed away on January 22, 2016. I felt the heaviness of my family's soul being crushed many miles away as we grieved her absence in the human form. She was the matriarch of our family, the glue that held everything and everyone together. How would we get through this? How were we going to celebrate our future family gatherings without her? I knew the answer the night before when I dreamed of sweet Lucy.
On the evening of January 21st, I felt something weighing on my heart, but I couldn’t figure out what it was, so I prayed to God, asking Him to show me the heaviness as I could bear it. I went to sleep peacefully that night. As I was sleeping, I was greeted by the most beautiful angel I had ever seen. The angels' wings significantly covered the sky when they spread open. The halo on the angel's head shone vividly, blurring my vision. I wiped my eyes to get a closer look at the angel's face, and I smiled, instantly jumping for joy while yelling, "Grandma!" I reached out to her to bring her closer to me, but she proceeded to fly higher into the clouds. I asked, "Grandma, where are you going?" She tells me, "I'm going home. Tell everyone I'm doing fine and everything is going to be okay. " She smiled at me. I smiled back and said, "Yes ma’am." She extends her wings, and I am in awe of her angelic beauty. I reached out to her once again. She flaps her wings once more and I am rushed by a heavy wind that lifts me off the ground. I whisper, "I love you, grandma," as she flies away. She looks back and says, "I love you too." A bright beam of light covers the air with my grandma soaring into it. I wake up, heart racing, trying to process what I just saw in my dream.
It's just a dream, it's not real! I kept telling myself that throughout the day, so I decided to listen to some music and clean the house to clear my mind.The music pauses, and my phone begins to ring. It’s my mother. I take a deep breath and say, "Hello." I can hear the pain in my mother’s voice as she tries to tell me something. "Tamara, grandma just passed." "I know she," I said quietly, pausing in the middle of my sentence because I realized I was going to sound ridiculous talking about my dream from the night before. I kept it to myself and proceeded to ask my mother, "Are you okay?" Then it became silent, and shortly thereafter, the call ended. At the time I was sweeping, I grabbed the broom as tightly as I could, looked up, and said, "Thank you God for preparing me." I cried tears of joy because I knew my grandmother was at peace as it was God’s will.
My dream of Lucy was one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. Although it was a dream, I didn’t want it to come true. I am grateful to God that he chose me to see my great grandmother at her best without pain and suffering. I had no doubt that she was going to heaven because she was an angel on earth. My heart smiles every time I think of her. She may not be here physically, but her spirit lives on in me and all of the lives she touched. I will continue to celebrate your kindness, wisdom, strength, love, and joy. I know you wouldn’t have it any other way. I am blessed to have dreamt of Lucy. Read Revelations 21:4, Matthew 5:4, and Ecclesiastes 3:1-22.