Night Parables part 1

Journal entry April 4, 2018

My dreams bother me. They burden and overwhelm me. Even if I try to forget them, they haunt me weeks and even months later. I've come to a point where I've been asking God to interpret my dreams for me because I'm convinced that He is speaking to me through my dream.

Now before you start to think that I am overly charismatic or weird, I must share that it is not uncommon for my dreams to actually happen in real life. It has happened plenty of times. So as this happens occasionally to me, you can see the need for me to understand these "night parables".

As I've been going through this amazing growth in my spiritual life, at the same time, within the last year I have been having vivid dreams at night. There was one about a wolf in sheep's clothing that stole a little lamb away from the line to get into heaven. (Spoiler alert the lamb got away) There was another dream about my dad giving me delicious dried fruit to eat. Then all the constant dreaming about me being at airports.

It's just my brain categorizing information you say? Maybe so. But I cannot stop wondering if God is trying to tell me something.

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33.

He is the revealer of all things secret and he also grants wisdom to all those who seek it. Daniel 2:21-23. I asked God to interpret the dreams to me. Here is what he showed me;

The lamb waiting in line to get into heaven was me. The wolf disguised in sheep's clothing was trying to tear me away from God or sanctification.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.

"Who is the wolf Lord?" I asked, ready to X out all the people in my life. We will get to that.

In the dream where my dad gave me dried fruit, I was boarding an airplane. There where bridges to cross to get onto the plane. There have been many other airport and airplane dreams this year, but Let's pause there. Although airplanes were not invented when the Bible was written, the Bible does talk about travel and here is what I felt that God was telling me;

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

And the bridges? John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

This explains my recent strong desires to tell others about my Heavenly Father.

But what about the dried fruit?

I had to look around for dried fruit in the Bible as I was not familiar with any scriptures about that. I came across Hosea 3:1 And the LORD said to me, ‘Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 

I have learned that sometimes the people in my dream are symbolic and not literal. My dad was giving to me delicious dried fruit, just as our Heavenly Father gives to us good gifts.

The trickery of idolatry is the turning of a good thing, a gift, into a god thing.

We are worshipers, we were made to worship. Our Heavenly Father  redeems us through the perfect atonement of Jesus (the bridge) from the fruitless worship of idols to the divine worship of his immeasurable  self.

The ravenous wolf in my first dream was one of my idols from my past that I have not yet surrendered trying to steal me away.

To be continued...