Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Inside My Own Dreams

I dream in color. 

Sometimes, my dreams look like old filmstrip fluttering before my eyes and I am lucky if I can catch every other frame.

In the past few months, I’ve had very vivid dreams about reading emails or receiving text messages, so vivid that I roll over first thing in the morning to see if it was real. When it’s not, I find myself puzzled and wondering why I would dream such a thing. (And wondering, is there something I’m supposed to know that I don’t yet?)

On occasion, I have dreams that are so specific that my inquisitive nature and curiosity of the field of psychology prompts me to try to dig deeper for a meaning.

Well, after several recent “episodes” of being a surrogate and having someone else’s baby, a recurring dream about a Transformer that comes to my house and takes me (as a 5 year old) away, an awful dentist’s visit, and dreaming that actor Michael Keaton is my parent, I realized analyzing my dreams might not get me too far. They might just be dreams.

The analogy here is sometimes we try too hard to understand what’s happening in our lives, when we don’t have to do that work. As believers we have full measure of authority above us. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. 

When we have a flat tire on our way to work, or meet someone we knew before in some unpredicted new setting, or a relationship falls apart, or a new one starts - we will drive ourselves crazy trying to figure out why. You know what? I think, if we knew why, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place! 

So, surrender it all... even the nightmares where you can’t find your dorm room on the first day of college. 

Matthew 16:23 (NIV)
“Jesus turned and said to Peter, 
‘Get behind me, Satan! 
You are a stumbling block to me;
you do not have in mind the things of God, 
but the things of men!’” 
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding.”

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)
“Therefore we do not lose heart. 
Thought outwardly we are wasting away, 
yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

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