I suddenly woke up last night at four o’clock, sweaty, after a bad dream. On a scale of 1 to10, where 1 is an uncomfortable dream and 10 is a terrible nightmare, Laura would give it a 4 or 5. She shared some ugly nightmares from her past that would make my dream a silly little daydream.
But, for me it was quite scary. Prepare yourself. It requires the consent of an adult before you read this. It can leave you with a trauma if you don’t watch your own heart.
So, I dreamed that I was in my car and ran a red light but I did not realize it. All the people were off the road and looked at me as if I did something seriously wrong. Sensing that all looked very suspicious, I stopped, got out of the car and asked what was happening. Why is everyone looking at me like this, in this scary way. A lady replied that I ran a red light and saw how the camera took a picture of my car.
Now, I don’t know if I was panicking because I’ve done something illegal or because recently I received 3+3 penalty points and was afraid that I will have my licence cancelled, or because I have on my laptop a reminder I see every day about a driving awareness course I have to attend in March. I don’t know. What I do know is that I had a great relief when I woke up and realized that all that was just a dream. Or nightmare.
I mean, some ignore them, seeing them as meaningless. Others go further, trying to understand every time, the supernatural coded message in every dream. In this direction you can find many dream interpretation books, there are many “specialists” available.
The Word of God tells us something about them. They come to people when they worry a lot( Ecclesiastes 5:3). And in the same book it is written that much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God (5:7). In certain exceptional circumstances God used dreams to send a message, but always He assured the receiver that the dream is from Him. God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people (Job 33:14, 15). The case of Joseph, Solomon, Daniel , Peter, are very clear.
I don’t know what to say about my dream. I had dreams when God clearly spoke to my heart and my wife had similar dreams as well. I don’t have the same feeling with this one. What saddens and scares me though is that last week I preached about how to get rid of stress from Psalm 4, and the last verse came into my mind.. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
Sometimes God speaks to me through my own words and I thought about the solutions presented in this Psalm to calm my own heart. God’s main solution for stress is God himself, and when you go through difficult seasons, when your heart is troubled the first thing you can do is to come before Him, to glorify Him, and ask Him to come and bring peace. That peace that passes all understanding. And he comes. He surely comes.