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TITLE: My dreams, a warning from God?
By MARLA GROETHE
02/18/13
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Thank you in advance for critiquing! I have taken some creative writing classes. Writing is wonderful and I'm finding that my deep passion comes from writing about God and for God!
Is God willing to speak to us through dreams?

On Billy Graham’s website, it states “God may communicate through dreams or visions even today, but we need to carefully check any such guidance we receive with Scripture and godly counsel to be sure it is from the Lord. Anything which contradicts Scripture is not from God. Our minds and even Satan are capable of producing great deception in such subjective areas.” One reader states, “The sole purpose of God speaking to us through visions/dreams is to fulfill his will and or to warn us. It is a supernatural thing that does not occur with regularity. God does not make it confusing to figure out. If it is then it is not from God.”

My dream last night really scared me. I believe it is a warning to my family.

Picture this. My husband, myself and dog are in an old time neighborhood, one like our grandparents owned in the 1960s. We were relaxing in the backyard, my husband puttering around and our dog sunning himself.

There is a large junkyard dog, way in the distance, I observe. He has a very menacing presence. As I keep watching this dog, he moves closer. He is approximately 85 pounds with brown matted hair. I catch the mean slits of his eyes. As he approaches closer and closer, the mean slits open up and his eyes turn from evil to evilest. He terrifies me. I grab our dog, run 20 yards to the back porch, jolt up the rickety wooden stairs and land in the safety of the back door.

My husband climbs under a canoe in the yard. It covers him completely. The evil dog moves 3 yards from the canoe and starts digging frantically, like he is making a practice run for when he digs under the canoe. The dog’s intention is to tear his prey from limb to limb.

From the porch, I scream “I am calling 911!” My husband says “I’m not sure that is necessary. Everything will be okay.” He is oblivious to the imminent danger he is in. He has a completely false sense of security. “You are not okay, I am getting help!” I scream.

I wake, having an urgent sense to remember and relay the dream.

Although I am not an expert of dreams, I believe this is a symbolic warning from God. My interpretation:

1. My family was relaxed in the backyard.

We become complacent with life, having an “I have it all figured out” attitude. God is in the background instead of the foreground. We are used to our sins and don’t even recognize them much; they are part of us.

2. The menacing dog sneaked up on us.

The dog represents Satan. He sneaks up on us and we must always be aware of his subtle attacks.

3. The dog terrified me.

Satan is real! If you do not think so, scales have not been removed from your eyes. Ask Jesus to remove them.

4. I got to the safety of the house.

God protects those who believe.

5. The dog was digging near the canoe but not under it.

Satan prowls before attacking.

6. From the porch, I scream.

God allowed me to see the vivid whole picture, to know my husband was in deep trouble.

7. My husband is oblivious as to the danger he is in.

We are not always able to detect when we are in spiritual danger. It is the duty of the family members to warn their loved ones. Trust your loved ones to tell you the truth.

8. I am about to call 911.

Call out to God. He is always there for us, whether we are in danger or not.

Zephaniah 3:17
“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”
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