I was in the bedroom of my home with my daughter and grandson and we were having a casual conversation on what seemed to be an otherwise uneventful day. My daughter and I both turned at the same time to look out the window and to our surprise and shock there was a huge tornado headed straight for us. It was within seconds of hitting us head on. There was literally no time to head to a safe place. I remember saying, “There was no warning.” I grabbed them and pushed them behind the bed away from the window and covered them with my body trying to protect them from the impact of the storm the best I could. I remember feeling certain we were going to get hit and praying urgently for protection.
Several minutes passed and nothing happened. I got up to look out the window. At first I didn’t see anything but then as I approached the window to get a better view I noticed the tornado had turned and was now moving around to the side of our house. Boldness came upon me and I began to pray in Jesus name and rebuke the storm. It left our area but went a short distance behind our home to another house and completely demolished it. It appeared that the chances of there being any survivors were next to zero.
I ran outside and people were coming out of the house next door to us as if nothing happened. I said to them, “ Did you hear the tornado? There was NO warning. This has been happening a lot lately. It missed us but it hit the house behind us and completely took it out.”
My neighbor responded by saying, “Thank you for letting us know. I thought I heard something.” She and the others with her went on their way as if unconcerned about the level of threat we had been under or the damage the storm had caused.
Feeling shaken from what had just happened, I got into my car with my family and started to drive down the road. Everywhere I looked there was storm damage. I saw debris all over the road and cars that were stalled just sitting in the middle of the road. I also saw cars that were completely destroyed beyond repair. I knew in my spirit that all the damage I was seeing was from sudden storms that hit with little or no warning. I also knew that despite all the damage I was going to be able to navigate my way through.
There are two things I believe the Lord wanted me to glean from this dream.
The first being that there had been little to no warning when the storm hit. There was no time to prepare. It seems that it was a common occurrence as evidenced by the words I spoke, “This has been happening a lot lately,” and also by the knowing in my spirit as I was driving that all the damage I was seeing was from sudden unexpected storms that came with little or no warning. I believe that we are going to see things happen out of the ordinary that are going to come upon us seemingly out of nowhere thrusting us into increasing levels of crisis. I believe both the Covid pandemic and the death of George Floyd followed by riots and civil unrest are examples of some of the unexpected events that will continue to happen. Events for which we aren’t prepared for.
The second thing I believe he wanted me to pay particular attention to is the different characters in the dream. God clearly protected my family even though it had seemed like we were going to take a direct hit. He empowered me with a boldness to pray in the midst of the storm. I believe my family and I represented the remnant of God during this late hour. The house off to a distance behind me represented those without God’s protection. The house was completely destroyed. My neighbors represent those who don’t recognize the hour in which we live. They see and hear things but clearly they don’t have the spiritual discernment to recognize the threat.
God will protect his people in the midst of the storm. Encourage one another in the Lord’s faithfulness. He promised to never leave or forsake us. Many of you may have wondered as I have, how do I even pray during this time. God has encouraged me to take heart for he will show us how to pray. He will equip us with boldness to walk even as Jesus walked during his ministry.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be like be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
So the men marveled, saying,”Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
Author: Lydia Hodge
Lydia Hodge is a wife and mother of three. She serves as a registered nurse in the CVICU where she helps mend broken hearts. She came to faith in Christ after the death of her father in the 90’s. Shortly thereafter, she began to have dreams and visions. She has a passion for the prophetic and believes God has called her to minister during the Final Act of this age of grace.