Crocodiles & A Boy

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His name was Arlem Pignot. I know because I saw it spelled out on the screen. At least, that’s how the dream looked like.

He looked like a typical ten to twelve year old Filipino boy. He was skinny. Brown skin. He had a smiling face. Well, in the dream he smiled a lot even at the very last scene just before I opened my eyes this morning to realise that it was just a dream.

I have had dreams like that before where in the morning I still see every single detail of the dream with my waking eyes. It’s like the dream goes on. It doesn’t happen very often though. But every single one of those dreams, I remember them all. They were messages.

My first reaction, and always has been, was to ask God, ‘What are you telling me, Lord?’

The Dream

The dream was in black and white. It was a documentary. I know because there was a narrator. But it was like watching a 1940s documentary. Flickering black and white scenes. In the dream, the scenes seemed very connected. As I think about them now, it doesn’t seem like that anymore.

The first scene was an aerial shot of water – more like an enclosure than a swamp – with lots of crocs. The way we see them now inside a zoo. But it was a huge cage because the crocs were big, full grown.

The narrator said, ‘Crocs don’t eat what you deliberately offer them. They are hunters. They would rather hunt their food.’

So the scene was, there was a man floating in the water surrounded by all the big crocs.

In my mind as I watch the scene, I said to myself, ‘That’s not right. They will eat the man.’

True enough. After I said those words, a big croc made a huge splash in the water, opened its big mouth and locked the man’s body in its powerful, big jaws.
It’s unclear how the man got himself out of the croc’s mouth but I remember the man coming out of the water, the crocs lying quietly in the water behind him and then he showed off the marks of the bite of the big croc. It was weird because there were only two marks on the left side of his chest. They weren’t as big as you would expect a jaw like that would make its mark. But he was proud of it. I couldn’t hear his words. The words were not in English or Filipino. And then I remember thinking within the dream that maybe this was set in Indonesia. And the people in this docu aren’t Filipinos. I also remember that after the croc locked the man in its jaw, it didn’t make the usual snaps when eating its prey.

The Boy’s Ordeal

And then the next scene was about this boy and the ordeal he went through with this giant, muscular croc.

I don’t know why but it was like he was going to perform something. So he showed himself to this big croc which locked its eyes on the boy. And then there was this wall between the two of them as that of an enclosure. There was a ladder that the boy was climbing up to. It was very clear that the big croc was just waiting for the boy but the boy was just smiling as he was climbing up the ladder.

Somehow, the boy got to the other side of the enclosure where the big croc was waiting patiently and then the moment the boy landed on his feet, the croc went for the boy, got a hold of the boy’s right arm with its powerful jaw and you can see that there was blood everywhere as the croc was trying so hard to remove the boy’s arm.

Suddenly, there was a man and a woman who tried to take the boy away from the croc. There was panic in that particular scene. The cameraman didn’t know what to do. At that point, I looked away and closed my eyes.

After that scenario, the boy was shown, with his name on the screen, smiling while riding at the back of a huge croc without his right arm.

And that’s when I woke up. The dreams I had in the past would make me cry so hard because I would feel every pain, sorrow, fear as they were in the dream. Here, I didn’t feel anything. But it is definitely making me think hard about it.

What I’ve Learned About Crocs

Reading about crocs, I learned that crocs are ferocious hunters but they don’t really prey on humans even if there’s lots of human attacks recorded. “They are ferocious hunters but they are opportunistic predators.” according to a BBC report I saw.

They are dangerous animals, yes, but not all species attack humans. Some croc species are more afraid and only bite when disturbed or taken by surprise.

Since they are cold-blooded animals, if it’s cold, they’re normally quiet and won’t attack. The attacks recorded were usually during warmer seasons.

It’s not true that noise scare them away. By making noises, you attract them. When they’re hungry and it’s breeding season – hot temperatures – they are most likely to head your direction and eat you.

When grabbed by a croc, you can poke their eyes or hit the nose because those are sensitive parts. Or grab a stick, put it in their throats, while you are in between their jaws. That may make them gag and let you go.

I’m still thinking why I was given this dream. I’m praying that God would reveal to me the truth about this dream. If you can give your own interpretations to it, I welcome you.

At this point, I am making sense of the dream and the facts about crocs, and the boy represented in it.

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Prayer for Today

Father,

Please comfort him and strengthen his heart. Let him feel that he is greatly loved. Don’t allow any negative thoughts to run through his head. Let him know that things maybe difficult but they won’t always be.

My prayer is that You just continue to give him the courage to do what pleases You and You alone. Let him seek You more at this difficult time. Let there be no confusion. Let him understand that You will stop at nothing to get his attention. Let him know that You love him more than any woman or other human being can love him.

As You have given me peace, as You have given me strength to endure, as You made me feel that I am not ignored, I pray that You would make him feel that way too.

Forgive me if I made him feel less of how great he really is. Forgive me if I made him feel he is weak because that will never be true, he is stronger than any man I know. Forgive me if I made him feel he’s not good enough because that will never be true, he is way more than enough.

Please let him know that even though it may seem like he has hurt a lot of people, women for that matter, right now, all he needs to be concerned about is if he is hurting You in any way. Continue to make him sensitive to Your heartbeat.

You have prepared something great for him. Something beyond his imagination. Something more than any person here on earth can do for him. And though his steps may falter, let him know that You will never let him fall.

Thank you, Father, for the privilege of knowing such a strong man. You’ve seen how strong he is. Father, I pray today, at this point in time of his life, show Yourself strong. Let him draw his strength from You. And let him rejoice and be glad for it.

This is my prayer for this man that You have prepared for me, the man that You introduced to me in such a beautiful way, the man You used to bless me exceedingly and abundantly beyond I could ever ask or think of, the man You used to make me believe that I can be a better version of myself, the man who, as You have now made so clear, I seem to keep hurting but will never give up on me, the man who will do the most creative things in this world no matter the price just to make me happy, the man who makes me frustrated all the time just because he’s got beautiful plans for me, the man I keep frustrating because of my stupidity, hear my prayers for this great, great man, in the mighty name of Your Son Jesus Christ, amen.