The other night, one of my mentors took me on a tour of an old building he plans to renovate. As we walked through the dilapidated building, he told me of his plans to rebuild. He spoke with great joy about his restoration project. Listening to his child-like enthusiasm, I couldn’t help feeling excited for him. Although the work seemed consuming, he looked forward to bringing life back into the shattered rooms. The former owner of the building left several old pieces of furniture. I commented on them as we continued from room to room. He planned to use them and add other pieces later. We climbed the steps to the roof. Looking out over the city lights, we spoke with anticipation about the new journey that lay ahead of him. And then I woke up. A dream?! I chuckled and half-heartedly asked God, “Why in the world am I dreaming about Bob Hamp?” Unexpectedly I heard Him say, “Tell Bob about your dream.” “WHAT? Are You kidding me? As You know, I barely know Bob Hamp, and when I say 'barely' it’s a slight exaggeration defining our relationship.” Allow me to pause and explain. Bob Hamp has been an important part of my freedom journey. I’ve sat under his teaching, followed his blog, and attended events where he spoke. God has used him to heal me. His Biblical messages have become the foundational teachings for all I do (including this magazine). I’ve met Bob twice. By met I mean, “Hi Bob, I’m Betty. I wanted to thank you for what you do. It’s changed my life.” “I’m glad to hear the impact I’ve made in your life. Thanks for telling me.” At that point I moved aside so the lady behind me could have her turn. Hopefully, I’ve painted a clear picture for you. I dreamed about someone I don’t really know, and God wanted me to tell him about it. Back to my conversation with God… “You asked me to speak to you through dreams and visions. I’ve answered your prayer. Now tell him.” “But why couldn’t You give me a dream about someone I know?” I gave a list of suggestions. “That would be too easy for you.” God cornered me and gave me two choices: I could chalk the dream up to bad pizza and ignore it, or I could send Bob a message and tell him. The dream played like a movie in my sleep. It was so real, so vivid. Even sitting on the edge of my bed staring out the window, reasoning through what I should do, I recalled it with great detail. It had to mean something to Bob. I looked across the room to my laptop. “I need to do it now before I chicken out.” I think I heard God chuckle. I clicked on Facebook. Did I mention we’re friends? But then again, so are 4,494 other people. I looked at the sidebar. I noticed the green light next to his name. URGH! He was online. If I sent it now he’d read it. I momentarily wrestled with my pride. I know what it’s like to be approached with “I have a word for you.” There have been a few times when I’ve thought, “That’s a word, but it is not from God.” “What would Bob think of me?” Refusing to allow my train of thought to go into deep introspection, I began to type. When I finished, I quickly hit ‘enter,’ closed my laptop, and went for a run. From the beginning of Creation, we recognize our God as a God who speaks. At the sound of His voice, chaos came into order, light separated from darkness, and all of creation came into being. God sent forth His Word to give direction, definition, and clarity. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah, God said, “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it ALWAYS produces fruit. It will accomplish ALL I want it to, and it will PROSPER everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11, NLT, my emphasis added). God speaks with authority and purpose. His Word produces prosperity wherever it goes. Looking at creation, we see the evidence defending that truth. The author of Hebrews tells us God sustains “all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3a, NIV). What a fascinating statement. The verb sustains is in the present tense, affirming God’s Word is currently holding everything together. The universe, the earth, you, and me, right now, in this very moment, are held together by a word from God. I recently discovered Stanford University houses a linear accelerator. In basic terms, a linear accelerator is a two-mile long atom smasher. By breaking up the atom scientists study even the smallest parts of it--the neutron, electron, and the proton. Stick with me…I’m not going to turn into a mad scientist on you. Amazingly, in their investigations, they discovered ‘a strange force’ that holds everything together. They are so baffled, they don’t know what to name it. They simply call it a “cosmic glue.” Without the aid of the linear accelerator, the writer of Hebrews knew the “cosmic glue” holding everything together was Jesus. The “cosmic glue,” or universe-sustaining force that holds everything together, lives inside of you and me. Even greater still, when we release the powerful Word that lives inside of us we have the ability to bring chaos into order, separate light from darkness, and give direction, definition, and clarity. As believers, we are connected to the Sustainer of all created things. God enables us to take part in what He is doing on the earth by hearing, seeing, and even dreaming. Then we put what we’ve heard or seen into action and obey what He tells us to do. We see this in Adam’s relationship with the Father. “Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field" (Genesis 2:19-20, NIV). We often read over these verses quickly, because they are familiar, and miss seeing a foundational truth within them. From the beginning, God empowered man to present the essence of what he observed God doing in creation. God created, and man defined. God could have named the animals Himself, but instead, He gave Adam the authority to do it. We see this partnership between God and man all through the Scriptures. Connected to the One who is the cosmic glue, Ezekiel stood before a valley of dead bones and God asked, “Can these bones live?” I love Ezekiel’s honest response, “Ahhhhhh, seriously God I don’t have a clue! Only you know the answer to that one” (Ezekiel 37:3, my translation). I picture the old prophet scratching his head as he responded to God. God could have spoken to the bones Himself, but instead He gave Ezekiel His authority to do it. "Speak a prophetic message to these bones and say, 'Dry bones, listen to the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Look! I am going to put breath into you and make you live again! I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin. I will put breath into you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD '"(Ezekiel 37:4-6, NLT). Ezekiel spoke the words God gave him and witnessed life come into a valley of displaced bones. Adam and Ezekiel were men like us. They walked with God and accepted His invitation to join Him in what He was doing on the earth. Throughout history, human beings have heard God’s voice and responded to what He said to them. The invitation to join God is open to all of us, not just a select view. We all have the ability to hear God and choose whether or not to respond. Later that morning, I opened my laptop. There was a message in my inbox. I knew it was Bob’s response to my dream. Hesitantly, I opened the message and began to read, “Betty!!! You have NO IDEA, but thank you for taking the risk of sending this to me!” He would be signing a lease on a property (which had some furniture left in it) in an hour and a half where he would begin a new adventure that included rebuilding and restoring. He was excited about his new project and even more so after he discovered God gave me a dream confirming what He was doing in and through Bob. My life intersected with Bob’s because God loves to invite men and women into what He’s doing on the earth. The invitation gave me the opportunity to give direction, definition, and clarity. Through the dream, God spoke to Bob and said something along the lines of, “This cool new project you’re really excited about was planted in your heart by Me. Enjoy this new phase of your life.” Honestly, I’m not going to bed every night waiting for another dream, but I do continue to pray for more of Jesus in my life. I want more opportunities to re-present Him to a world that needs chaos ordered, light in their darkness, and new things created. How about you? Do you want God to use you to define what He’s doing on the earth? Ask Him now to speak to you and give you words, dreams, and visions that encourage others to seek more of Him.