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Divine Dreams

It is reassuring to believe that God is not only watching over us as we sleep but also guards our sleeping thoughts.


My friend Linda and I were looking out the opened escape-hatch of an airplane. The view was spectacular and the force of the wind rushing by was exhilarating. We leaned further out to look at the patchwork farms and fields below. Then it happened.

… with a strength I knew was incredible I reached out with the other hand and pulled her back into the airplane.

She tumbled forward out the hatch. I tried to grab her. I wasn't quick enough to get a grip. I felt her slide with tremendous force along my arms. The force of the wind smashed her against the plane. But instead of falling 35,000 feet to her death, she was held there by my pinched grip of thumb and forefinger.

The thought shot through my mind: "This is impossible! A person cannot be held up by two fingers—and certainly not with the velocity of a jet engine pulling against them." But I held on until I thought my arms would rip from their sockets. And with a strength I knew was incredible I reached out with the other hand and pulled her back into the airplane.

Immediately I woke up. It had been a dream. Now I was wide-awake and alert—the adrenaline still pumping through me. "Just a dream," I mumbled out loud to myself. But then the words came unbidden and clearly to my spirit: "This is how powerful prayer is!" I remembered the strength of my two-fingered grasp and I felt bathed in joy with the insight. It seemed I had experienced in this dream a spiritual mystery, which was normally hidden during my waking hours. Our prayers have power!

I believe God often uses dreams to dispense His grace. Unlike waking insight, the force of these dreams remains with us longer. Where it is often easy to ignore the "still small voice" in daylight, dreams can reach us at a visceral level that demands a response.

The Bible is full of stories where dreams produced action. Joseph responds quickly to a dream of warning that King Herod seeks to slay the Christ Child. So do the Magi when they are warned in a dream not to return to King Herod with the whereabouts of Jesus. Throughout scripture the dreamers react obediently to any dream that appears to be from God.

Because of this urgent impact we do well to be cautious and discerning of God's connection with our dreams. Prayer for guidance, alignment with Scripture and godly advice can help us know when a dream is a personal metaphor from God.

But I find it reassuring to believe that God is not only watching over us as we sleep but also guards our sleeping thoughts. He is Emmanuel—God with us, whether we wake or sleep.

Gail Reid, managing editor of Fellowship Magazine, and her family attend Runnymede United Church in Toronto

Originally published in Fellowship Magazine, December 1998
www.fellowshipmagazine.org

 

 
 
 
 

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