A prophetic encouragement drawing inspiration from a deck of cards and the life of Queen Elizabeth II.
One of the unexpected spin-offs of learning to interpret dreams is that it opens the door to hear God in many other ways, for example through real life events, media, and pictures in our imagination.
The pictorial language of dreams is actually the language of God! It is the language of large portions of the bible, and the language of prophetic ‘pictures’.
In honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II, I would like to share the following ‘picture’ that I had, which played out in my mind in a similar way to a dream, and also draws inspiration from the real example of her life.
If you have just come across this post and are new to dream interpretation, it is worth mentioning that dreams are symbolic in nature. You might find it helpful to read Understand your dreams: A bible-based introduction to dream language to give you a foundation, and Beginner’s guide to biblical dream interpretation .
I approach dream interpretation from a biblical perspective. My belief is that our dreams can come from God, and understanding them is best understood within the context of an ongoing relationship with Him.
Queen Elizabeth II lying-in-state
Yesterday I was at a Christian prayer group, where we usually just sit in quiet prayer and contemplation, listening to God.
Earlier in the day I had been watching the livestream of crowds filing past the Queen’s coffin as she lay-in-state in Westminster Hall, London. It was a very moving scene to watch. (See the BBC news article below for details).
Queen’s lying-in-state: The symbolism and ceremony explained
As soon as our prayer group leader put on some quiet music, it was as though I was looking at the image of the Queen’s coffin. I felt God wanted to show me something important about her life.
Picture: Card houses and the ace of hearts
I saw a house of cards, like the kind we build as children out of playing cards. It was a few layers high, but this card house was flimsy and fell flat (as they often do!). I noticed all the picture cards (kings, queens and jacks) falling down amidst all the other cards. I understood that all human world systems are flimsy like the card houses.
Then I was handed a card and saw that it was the ace of hearts. I was told that this card trumps everything. I knew that the ace represents number one, so I was thinking about how there is One True God, and His love trumps all human systems.
I was then told that the ace trumps everything because it is the lowest card. But the lowest card is also the highest card! (In card games an ace can often be used as both number one (low) and following the king (high)).
I understood that our late Queen made such an impression on the world because she knew the One True God (the ace of hearts), and was a true servant. Just like Jesus, although she was royalty, she made herself servant to all – and that is why she is now truly honoured and praised by so many people.
Parallels in the bible
It is reassuring when the things God shows us in dreams and pictures have biblical parallels.
God is a firm foundation
The Psalms remind us that, just like the card houses, world systems may come and go – but the only truly reliable thing is God’s Kingdom. Here are a couple of examples:
1 Why do the nations conspirePsalm 2, NIV
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together…
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs…
1 God is our refuge and strength,Psalm 46, NIV
an ever-present help in trouble…
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall…
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
Just like the parable of the house built on the rock, God will not fall. He is not like the card houses. He is solid and can be relied upon.
The servant leader
The second part of the picture (of the ace of hearts being the lowest card as well as the highest) is also a reflection of the life of Jesus.
Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus was in very nature God, yet he did not cling to that. He made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. And it was because of that humility that Jesus was given the highest place.
Christ Jesus… being in very nature God,Phillipians 2:5-11, NIV
7 … made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name…
Jesus himself taught that the first should be last and the last should be first. He said that true leaders should be servants to all.
42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Mark 10:42-45, NIV
All this pomp and ceremony that we have watched on TV seems very grand – and indeed it is fitting to celebrate the life of our Queen.
In addition, all governments, monarchies, rulers and world systems can seem very powerful.
But this picture of the card house has reminded me that these things are not as unmoveable as they appear, In fact, the only constant and unchanging rock is the One True God.
We have witnessed from the many things spoken by Queen Elizabeth II that Jesus Christ (with his teachings) was her personal rock. I believe that is the reason why she stood firm for so many years. We can also take inspiration from that.
Queen Elizabeth II made it plain that Jesus Christ was her personal rock.
Secondly, the picture of the ace of hearts reminds me that in God’s Kingdom the lowest position is actually the highest position.
We can all agree that although she was royalty, Queen Elizabeth II was a true servant to her people. Her life demonstrated that a life given in service is actually the highest honour indeed – and commands the greatest respect.
The Queen also demonstrated that a life given in service is the highest honour indeed.
I am deeply grateful to the late Queen for demonstrating a life founded on Jesus Christ, and for demonstrating a true servant heart.
I believe that is why she made an impact on so many people, and why she is so honoured today.
I have had this song on my mind as I have written this post. It is beautiful, and I would like to close by recommending it as a prayer at this time. It is based on Psalm 20.
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3 thoughts on “The Queen, card houses, and the ace of hearts”
Thanks Jenny, I love this revelatory post and tribute. It’s great you felt able to share it. I wrote this poem on the evening of the day she died. I thought you’d like to read it. Blessings to you and yours, David
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Hi Jenny, I concur with your observations. There is a measure of sadness and people have been waiting for 25 hours in line for closure. I can relate because our family feels it’s own loss from my aunt, our matriarch, who passed suddenly 2 days ago, but there is Someone who will receive even greater attention. The Scriptures I received.
Revelation 1:5 …and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
Zechariah 12:10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.