My husband and I have been married since 1994 and on our 10 year anniversary, my husband planned a phenomenal trip to Victoria Island and Tofino, British Columbia. We had arrived at the resort and were all unpacked, including ALL my books (Lee Strobel’s, Case for Christ, Spiritual Personality Types using Myer’s Briggs, and a myriad of C.S. Lewis Books) that I had brought to read and of course, share with Kirk. He was relaxing in the balcony and I came out to read TO him. Today was C.S.Lewis, Mere Christianity, one of my all time favorite books, written for people like me with especially questioning and scientific type minds. I had only been a Christian for maybe 5 years and my husband had grown up in the church, unlike myself. However, my husband had strayed from his faith and well, he needed my newfound wisdom, vision and passion to help him see the light again. As you can imagine, it was beyond annoying for him and the light, well it was a giant spot light shining right into his eyes, blinding him to the beautiful visions that God was gifting me with. Finally, as I said, honey, you really need to hear this, he said, why do you always have to have an agenda? Can’t you just let it go and relax?
Well, I went to go lie down as it was not going as I had hoped. I had faIlen asleep and that is when the dream or vision came to me. You see Kirk and I had been struggling lately with him taking on being spiritual leader of our family. It was just not how I would do it or how I heard God telling me to do it…and was really struggling with trusting Kirk to do things his way. I must have fallen asleep and that is when the dream or vision came to me. We were hiking and Kirk was leading and I was following. First we went over a wooden bridge that was not as stable as I would have liked. Then we came to a fork in the road. To the left was a narrow ledge that wrapped around the mountain and looked inviting, adventurous, but risky. To the right was a steep mountain with a lot of trees and I already knew which way my husband would choose. He said, come on, lets go this way, it looks like fun, the other way looks like a lot of work. I dug my heels in and said I did not want to go. He held my hand and said come on, you wanted me to lead, I got this. As soon as he stepped out onto the ledge, it turned to sand and began to give way. He was falling and I was holding his hand and now I did not want to let go for fear he would fall into the abyss below. I was beginning to fall and God said, let him go. I got this. This is not your saving, it is Mine. Clouds shaped liked hands formed and came down below him and God said again to let him go and I did. The hands lifted my husband up and placed him at the foot of the mountain. The clouds lifted and an eagle flew out and headed up the mountain, indicating we were to follow. We held hands and began the steep hike together, side by side.
I woke up and knew I had to let go and let God do His work. Kirk was His to save…not me. God had to do it the way that was unique to Kirk and how Kirk was gifted and wired. God spoke to me through prophetic dreams and visions and direct communication through intense study and prayer and I was gifted and wired to receive that. We had different gifts and different purposes.
We left Victoria and began the four hour drive to Tofino, British Columbia. We had plenty of time to talk and I shared my vision from the morning. He liked the sound of what I had to tell him…that I would be letting go. So I began the work of letting go. When we arrived at our room in Tofino, we sat down at the table and there was a painting above the table of two eagles on a branch, getting ready to take flight and they were at the face of a mountain. We smiled.
When we arrived back home and I had told a friend about our wonderful trip and my vision, she asked me tell her the name of the resort that we were staying at in Victoria and I told her again, it was the Aerie Resort. She asked me if she knew what an “Aerie” was and I said, “Nope”. She let me know that it was an Eagle’s Nest. God was ministering to me there in the Eagle’s Nest and bringing me to the end of myself and bringing me to Himself and He intends to carry my husband and I on the wings of Eagles to reach His fortress at the top of the mountain, which is also “Aerie”.
“This is what you are to say to the descendants of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel:
4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
That was nearly 9 years ago. There were times where I have felt that we were back at the base of the mountain and we had not really climbed yet at all, but truly we have climbed and have covered ground. I just need the continual reminder that it is in God’s time and not my own. I also need that continual refuel of the Holy Spirit to keep my strength and perseverance up so that I won’t grow weary of the climb.