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HELP ME! I’M LOST.

dreams_carsWhat a stressful week! On Monday I couldn’t find my hotel room, Tuesday I couldn’t find the exit out of the mall where my car was parked; and yesterday, I couldn’t find my car in a parking structure. After a six hour search, I called it quits and awoke from my dream exhausted and frustrated.

Yes, these were all dreams and over the past months my dreams are centered on being lost. I’ve never given much credence to dreams, but I wonder if the repetitive theme of these dreams represent insight into my own personal or spiritual struggles.  

In Old Testament times God spoke to people through dreams; they were symbolic, and prophets of God were called to interpret their meaning. On the surface Biblical dreams seem ridiculous. Consider Pharaoh’s dream of seven cows that ate seven other cows, or, the dream that seven ears of corn ate another seven other ears of corn. Yet, when these bizarre dreams were interpreted, they saved Egypt from starvation. (Genesis 41:15-48)

Does God speak to us in dreams today?

I can’t confirm God speaks to us symbolically in dreams.  What I do know, from personal experience, is God ministers to us 24/7 in the following ways:

1)      Scripture; it is the scale of discernment.

2)      The Holy Spirit; it is the scale that keeps our feelings and emotions in check.

Perhaps repetitive dreams are night parables that indicate underlying issues in need of a resolution. There are times I have been awakened from sleep and found myself praying aloud. My mom speaks of dreams that call her to intercede in prayer for someone she knows. Weeks or months later, she learns that person was in need of heavenly intervention at that precise moment in time. Was it just coincidence?  That is for you to decide.

Our creator does nothing in vain.

God created us to dream. For that reason alone, I have come to accept that dreams serve a divine purpose; even though, I may never understand why. The mysteries of God continue to astound me. Dreams are just one of the many ‘awe’ factors associated with the Creator of the Universe. A Steven Curtis Chapman song sums it up like this:

“God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting. God is God and I am man, So, I’ll never understand it all.  For only God is God.”

Let’s consider my non-prophetic dream interpretation.

Although the scenes and characters in my recent dreams change, the underlying theme remains constant; I have lost my sense of direction. And you know what? That’s exactly how I feel about my life right now.  I have projects parked everywhere as I determine the future direction of my company. Ideas lurk behind doors I’ve yet to open and previous goals have moved to new, unknown locations.

Dream: I can’t find the right door to my hotel room. Interpretation:  I’m not sure which door to open.

Dream: I can’t find the right exit at the mall. Interpretation:  I’m uncertain how to move on to the next stage of my life.

Dream: I am lost in a multi-level parking structure. Interpretation:  It’s time to forfeit my driver’s license, or maybe it’s time to simplify my life and find a parking spot that bears my name.

Life can be chaotic and all the changes, choices, decisions and interruptions leave us little time to be attentive to signs that can warn, direct and bring us growth. Perhaps sleep is the only time God has a chance to grab our attention and He uses dreams as the mode of communication.

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HOW GOD COMMUNICATES WITH US

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In my unprofessional opinion I believe the inspiration for weird and bizarre movies originate from dreams. My dreams can be insanely crazy and last night was no exception. I can’t help but wonder if Jesus dreamed. God’s Word tells us Jesus is like us in every respect—human body, heart, mind and will—except for sin. And if Jesus did dream, I wonder if He experienced any as crazy as mine.

As bizarre as my dreams may seem, there are numerous Bible references of individuals having dreams or visions (waking dreams) that top the scale; look no further than the book of Revelations. It paints a vivid picture of prophetic events about beasts, an acceleration of world disasters, the extinction of Christianity and more.

Through history God has communicated to mankind through dreams and visions.

In both the Old and New Testament, God used dreams and visions as warnings and a means of communicating with His people. The messengers and interpreters were hand- selected by God (Jacob, Isaiah, Nebuchadnezzar, and Daniel) and intended to fulfill a specific purpose in God’s plan.

Today God speaks to us through His Word; the Bible.

This is not to say that God doesn’t sometimes communicate to us in other ways. However, I am certain it is not through tarot cards, crystal balls or mediums. Our society is quick to embrace those who claim to forecast the future, interpret dreams or communicate with spirits.

 “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (God’s Word made flesh), whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” (Hebrews 1: 1-2 NIV)

Only God knows the future.

I have no desire in knowing my future apart from my eternal redemption in Christ. God controls my future. I trust Him completely to lead me in the path of righteousness. And should I stray, I trust Him to tether me to His Word and realign my life to the path He has chosen for me.

Then the LORD said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.” (Jeremiah 14:14)

Learn to rest in the Lord.

As Christians our connection to the spiritual realm comes through earnest and humble prayers and the reading of God’s Word. It’s not quite as glamorous as those who claim to forecast the future with a crystal ball, séances or astrology based tarot cards.

Our walk with God is in quiet confidence. I encourage you to retreat from individuals wanting to apply a spiritual meaning to every dream, deed, word or direction you experience in life.

Last night’s dream was not a God inspired warning or prophecy requiring a self-proclaimed dream-interpreter or opinion of some reality show psychic.  It was just a crazy dream about family confrontations, kidnapped grandkids, missing car keys and a fast yellow car; a story created of my own mind with no objective reality.