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"It will be as when a hungry man dreams -- And behold, he is eating; But when he awakens, his hunger is not satisfied, Or as when a thirsty man dreams -- And behold, he is drinking, But when he awakens, behold, he is faint And his thirst is not quenched. Thus the multitude of all the nations will be who wage war against Mount Zion. (Isaiah 29:8)
A very interesting intro scripture. Would you not agree ? Do your dreams satisfy your soul ? Are they based on real life situations ? Or are they simply fragmented recalls of your subconscious mind ?
If you follow my blogs, you probably have realized I have a lot to say about dreams, and if you are a dream buff, you probably know there are two separate categories, or bases for dreams; the secular and the spiritual world. The secular plays primarily on our semi-conscience experiences, while God oftentimes uses the spiritual, as parables to teach us his principles, or His divine will for our lives. (Eccles. 5:3)
So in taking (Job 33:15) to heart, I claim yet another bizarrely curious unusual dream.
After retiring for the night, I suddenly found myself walking in what appeared to be a barren desert of pure white sand. There was sand everywhere; sand to the right of me, sand to the left of me, and sand in front and behind me. How did I get here? Where am I going, and what is the purpose behind this unusual bedtime trance?
In any event, I must find my way out of this desert. Which way shall I go? Do I walk back to where I've been, to all my heartaches, my disappointments, my failures, and above all to those sins of my past? Or do I move forward, into the unknown; the unknowns of which I may or may not be able to cope? Well, I'll just sit here awhile and think about it. I do know however, I will need to make a choice of direction if I expect to leave this desert.
Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, this character came driving up in a bright shiny ATV off-road vehicle, displaying a vanity license tag showing the inscription "Future.” He was dressed in a bright white suit, and wearing a big white straw hat. But what really caught my attention was that He had no face. A head was properly fixed on his shoulders but He had no face.
I guess He must have sensed my nervous anxiety, as He suddenly raised His hand, in a gesture of love, and spoke very softly saying, "Do not let your heart be troubled.”
“Who are you and what is your name?” I ask. "Just a friend, but you may call me "Future,” He replied. "Why are you here, in this desolate desert?” I ask. "What better place to find the truth with no distractions?” He answered.
"How did you know to come to this desert, and to find me?" I inquired. "Word of mouth, simply an encounter. If it's meant to be, it just happens in an encounter such as this one,” He answered. He then continued by telling me this encounter would be the revealing of the truth.
This perfect stranger then beckoned me to come on board with Him and continue the journey onward. My response, "Sorry, I'm in the middle of a kind of journey.” “Through a Middle Eastern desert?” He responded. "And what exactly were you expecting to find?"
"Nothing just...” "You're on a journey to find nothing?” My response was that I liked to travel. "To travel, with no destination?" He exclaimed. "Not in particular,” I responded. “But what if there was a destination?” He added. "What do you mean?” I said. “What if there was something you were meant to find?” He explained. When I asked what in particular He meant, He simply beckoned me again to come with Him and I would see what He meant.
Well, I don't mind saying so, but I really had no rebuttal, so I climbed on board and away we went. We traveled for what seemed to be hours. Then suddenly we came to a big body of water.
On the other side of the water, I could see the outline of a city, partly hidden in a thick fog. The many buildings seemed to shine like pure gold, as the reflections peeked through the fog. Why, there were crosses displayed everywhere, on all the tall buildings. I had never before experienced such a scene. The atmosphere just seemed to take on a certain peace about it, as if some unknown force was hovering over the entire city, protecting it from all evil.
This man then motioned for me to leave the vehicle, as this was as far as He could go. "What am I to do now?” I asked. He simply replied that I was on my own. On my own, I thought. What a predicament He had gotten me into! This river was fast and wild, and was very turbulent. Crossing this river was virtually impossible.
Again He seemed to read my mind, as He replied by telling me to just touch my feet in the water, and all would be well. Again I hesitated, but really had no choice but to follow His instructions. When I touched the water, the river immediately parted, allowing me to walk on dry land.
As I continued walking, I looked back to thank the kind gentleman but he and his ATV were nowhere to be found. Like my many other dreams, this one also left me hanging in the middle of the dream, as to its conclusion. Did I continue to walk across and into this city of lights, or did I turn around and attempt to go back to from where I started?
Unlike many of my other dreams, I just seemed to have awakened to a perfect peace about my life. However, I didn't immediately understand the dream meaning. I feel that God may have chosen to delay the meaning to make me seek Him more earnestly. You see, searching for a dream meaning only enhances our trust in God. (Proverbs 25:2) Later, in learning of the meaning, I was given a peace that could have only have been brought on by a divine enlightenment and clarification of my dream.
The pure white sand represented God's pure love, His pure free grace for my life. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Like not being able to count the grains of this desert sand, I could never measure the extent of God's love for me. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
Not knowing what path to take, whether to go back or forward, represented my life's journey. Knowing I could never go back and undo the sinful mistakes of my past, I decided to go forward, accepting the unknown as it was meant to be in having a change of living according to God's principles. (Philippians 3:13)
The faceless man represented the Holy Spirit who will not speak on His own accord, but only reveals the Father, so I never quite saw His face.(John 16:13)
The man's quote of (John 14:1) brought my memory back to Jesus' specific encouragement of the hereafter in (John 14:1-6).
Crossing the river represented taking that leap of faith in life's circumstances, simply stepping out in the action of faith. (Hebrews 11:1-6),
Being awakened and not knowing if I made it to the city represented that my life is still progressing to glory land. Heaven for me is in my future. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
One lesson I have learned from all my dreams. They all just seem to suddenly stop with no final conclusion. I once questioned that fact, and my answer seemed to always be that life is not over until it's over. Don’t throw in the towel just yet. Though it may appear that all hope is gone, that everyone else is finishing the race without you, It Ain’t Over! Don’t give up! . (Ezekiel 37:1-14)
Do you dream, Beloved? Are your dreams God-sent specifically for your spiritual enhancement? Well, for me, I'll just continue on my life's pattern of good and bad nights, of good and bad dreams, holding on to my Father's loving care. Amen!
One third of the Bible is about, or relates to, dreams and/or visions. In the book of Acts almost every major decision of early Christianity was made because of a dream, a vision, a prophecy, a supernatural visitation, or some other kind of sovereign intervention. The early church believed in the reality of signs, wonders, healings, and miracles, as well as dreams, visions, visitations, and the world of supernatural events. (Acts 2:43)
Aside from the Scripture, nothing reveals the ways of God more than dreams and visions. You see, dreams and visions will point us to what is good for our spiritual life, as well as what may be harmful. Dreams and visions will oftentimes warn us of pending action the enemy may attempt against you. Conversely, God may use this means of communication to tell us where He is taking us in His service.
Yes, I believe in dreams and visions and thank God for personally being involved in my life. Like (Joel 2:28-31) relates, dreams and visions will increase the closer we get to God's plan for the end of time as we know it to be.
A thoughtful note from my faithful proof writer.
Most of my dreams involve houses, rooms in houses, chores I'm trying to do, things I'm trying to figure out. The one I told you about (dressing for battle in white linen) is the only one that I truly remember. Almost always I don't remember what I dreamed when I wake up, but it leaves an "aftertaste" in my mind that lingers for the whole day. I can only describe it as a mental "aftertaste" that colors the rest of the day, until I go to sleep that night and dream something else which will color the next day. Does this make any sense at all?
What about you ? I'd be very interested in your dream world experiences.
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