Do not be afraid! (I had a vision! True Story!)

Carina de Vetter adventure, Blog, Carina 3 Comments

I had this vision in January 2007 and telling you will help me illustrate what I am trying to say. So here it goes:

I was in the middle of an ocean. I could see behind me the beach.
With me, thousands of others, too many to count, sat on surfboards in front of a big ship in a straight line. The sea was so calm and there was no wind, so we rested the surfboards against this huge ship. I felt really excited, waiting and anticipating a wave that I knew would come. There was a real buzz in the atmosphere. Although we all “small-talked” it seemed clear – we were waiting for that wave!
Suddenly and slowly the wind started blowing and light waves started to form. I felt the excitement coming up inside of me and I was hoping for a huge Tsunami like wave. I was eager to try and surf and have some fun!! I don’t know how I knew but I knew that nobody had ever ridden one of those waves before.
Wanting to share my obvious excitement, I was turning to the left and to the right and saw one by one people heading back to the “safety” of the beach!!
Confused by what I felt on the inside –(sheer thrill!) – and the fearful faces on either side of me, I wondered if I should follow them back to the beach?!
Not wanting to be the only one staying on the water – I chose to follow the people back to the beach.
Upset and discouraged I was desperate to talk to someone about what just happened. I tried to look for some friends but they all seemed to be drinking or enjoying themselves in bars at the beach.
Fearful faces were replaced with phony happiness.
Even more confusing then the fact nobody cared about what just happened out on the ocean was the fact that there were a number of odd looking masked men with swords and some witches lurking around – their eyes looked straight at me- threatening and intimidating me. Nobody seemed to notice them! I was so alarmed and scarred to be quite honest that I tried to warn the people around me, but they just laughed it off. And told me I was crazy and “seeing things”.
Upset I ran out to the see and saw an army of these masked men and witches arriving, with their swords in their hands and red bloodthirsty eyes!
By this time people around me started to panic, gathering around me. I tried to instruct them, knowing full well that we wouldn’t have a chance to fight as nobody of us was equipped or armored. I found a sword, small and rusty. But how could one stand against so many?
The evil men started to slaughter the people on the beach and it was a big blood bath.

I immediately awoke afterwards with this is mind:

“Whatever seems safe won’t be safe at all. And what has been fun will end in death!
Don’t be wavered by the opinion of man. Do not follow fear, but follow me!”

I knew God had just spoken to me and I felt this was a warning to me not to follow the masses back to so called “safety” but to trust Him and follow Him.
So I started praying, asking him if he could show me what would have happened if I would have stayed on the water.
A couple of nights later the Lord did show me.

All started just as it had in the vision before.
I was in the middle of an ocean. I could see behind me the beach.
With me, thousands of others, too many to count, sat on surfboards in front of a big ship in a straight line. The sea was so calm and there was no wind, so we rested the surfboards against this huge ship. I felt really excited, waiting and anticipating a wave that I knew would come. There was a real buzz in the atmosphere. Although we all “small-talked” it seemed clear – we were waiting for that wave!
Suddenly and slowly the wind started blowing and light waves started to form. I felt the excitement coming up inside of me and I was hoping for a huge Tsunami like wave. I was eager to try and surf and have some fun!! I don’t know how I knew but I knew that nobody had ever ridden one of those waves before.
Wanting to share my obvious excitement, I was turning to the left and to the right and saw one by one people heading back to the “safety” of the beach!!
Confused by what I felt on the inside –(sheer thrill!) – and the fearful faces on either side of me, I wondered if I should follow them back to the beach?!

This time determined to stay on the water, I called out to the ones heading for the beach, telling them what I knew would happen. Some again told me I was crazy and that I was going to be killed by the wave! Not by some imagined monsters.
But to my surprise some stayed with me on the water!
We started to get ready on our surfboards. The waves were getting so strong that the big ship behind me started to get out of control, rising in the air and then falling hard on the water again. It was just too big. I called to the people on the boat to use the little boats that were attached on the side. I didn’t know how but I knew that the ship would ultimately break and that they would have a better chance to survive if they would be in the small boats!
Sadly only some made it into the small boats. The captain, of all people, urged them to stay on the big ship, saying it was the safer option.
Seconds later the ship broke and sank with the people on it. No time to think about what just happened – It was time to surf!
The wind was blowing so strong now and I all I knew to do was to hold on to my surfboard.
And as I was surfing I did the most exhilarating tricks on water! I was not only excited but felt soo alive as never before. It seemed at times overwhelming and dangerous being surrounded by so much power. At times I wondered how I could still be alive.
I was looking to the right and to the left and saw others doing the same or similar things on our surfboards. There was a connection between those on the water that made us one although we were all riding by ourselves.
A couple of times I thought I would drown or die and sink, but I made it. And there seemed to be no end of the waves, no end of the fun, no end to the adventure!

Waking up again I had this in mind: “If you take the wave and ride it, you will live!
But if you seek safety that is no safety at all, you will die!”

Note that in this vision fear kept me behind, only to be slaughtered to death. But the wave had me excited and although tough and “risky” at times, I stayed alive and had the ride of my life!

Sometimes to pursue the new things in life, our destiny and future we have to leave our “now” behind.

Our “now” is like that beach- “safe”, comfortable, enjoyable, unadventurous and predictable. And so often God is asking us to leave that behind and enter into the unknown! Whatever that looks like!

There will always be those voices and people trying to intimidate, threaten and control us and our lives (represented by these masked men, witches). I do my best to remember that we do not fight against flesh and blood (or people) but against spiritual things. If love is opposed to fear than so our obedience (act of love) is threatened by fear! Fear and intimidation is a powerful force and unfortunately in many evangelical circles fear of the devil, of the world, of the unknown still rules the decision and dare I say rule making.

But we can overcome all this if we follow the Holy Spirit and become familiar with him. And like any relationship that takes time and risk taking. Failing, learning and winning in repeat! I wish it was different!
We must follow the still small voice in our Spirits and STAND until he leads or urges us to move! Another thing we have to learn!

If you are burning to step into the unknown than ask God right now to bring you to those who will ride or have ridden along those waves successfully. Do not follow the masses, even if it is those who are closest to you. Be alive, free and adventurous and pioneer and enter into more of what God has for you personally and for all those who do not yet know Him. Listen to wisdom but do not BOW TO FEAR OF FAILURE!!

Some of our leaders will be on the water, (like the big ship and the captain), with us. Some will insist on staying together on the boat, without involvement, without excitement, without responsibility, not knowing that this inflexibility and control is going to bring death for the very people they are supposed to release and equip for surfing.
Not all leaders are like that! I can honestly say that I would not be in this place of freedom were it not for the many people I followed and who helped, discipled and challenged me.
I am saying, choose well. The people I was most drawn too, were those who were free, encouraging, gracious and loving! Those that tried, failed, learned and succeeded repeatedly.

Fear is never the answer! And we all have had moments where we responded in fear! According to my bible we get more chances than one! So, let’s not go back to the same old, only to find death there. “Pretending to have some form of godliness but denying its power.” Let’s fess up and face our fears, and go again!

I believe the Surfing signifies a flowing in the Spirit. And I do not just mean “flowing” in terms of a church service. Following the Holy Spirit, is really not so much about a church service alone. It is about knowing God’s leading, even when we don’t know exactly where exactly he will lead us.
And that we won’t most of the time!

The encouraging news is that there are those who will stay on the water and they will experience the power of God in a way that will forever change them. It will cost them, and it might seem at times like they might die! But they will know Jesus, who holds all power and obey Him whatever the cost. They will follow the spirit and reveal God’s power by staying connected to the Spirit of truth, represented by the surfboard wherever they will go.

Did God speak to you through this? I would love to hear how?

Stay free! Make way!

Carina x
Tim Marshall

Comments 3

  1. Thanks for sharing Carina!
    What an amazing vision & yes one I can relate to. I’ve had things happen in my life that, whereas before I had freedom, my life was suddenly filled with more debilitating fears than I’d known before & it held me back, which really bugs me!
    I’ve known for some time God is dealing with me to release me from that debilitating fear so I can walk in all He has for me. It had become increasingly clear that this year is a year of change for me, a new season in my life – coming out from Winter into Spring! I cannot tell you how much that comforts & strengthens my heart…
    I cannot, must not go to the ‘safe’ places anymore, I need to ride the waves of His Spirit without fear, hand in hand with the One who holds me up, balanced & firmly planted on the surfboard of His relentless love for me & launching out into all the freedom He has for me ?. I can feel the excitement & exhilaration building in me & I’m so thankful that He’s launching me out into the fulfilment of all the promises & dreams He’s given me over the years for the future, for now, for such a time as this. I’m so thankful for this & thankful for you sharing your heart & your dream. God led me to read it & I’m glad I did ??
    God bless you mighty woman of God ? x♡x

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