Everybody has dreams. Some people remember their dreams, many do not. I learned in school that dreams are the result of the brain processing information. What happens, though, when the brain processes information that hasn’t happened yet? Will I recognize it when it happens? What makes me think I had a dream about future events? Well, I’m glad you asked! LOL
A few years ago my girlfriends and I were sitting at my dining room table visiting while our kids played. One of my friends began telling me about a strange dream she had. I felt my spirit stir within me, and mentioned it might have some meaning (Genesis 40:4-8). I told my friend about a guy my mom was listening to, the late John Paul Jackson. The Lord had given John Paul the gift of dream interpretation when he was little. God used John Paul to give messages to people through their dreams. My friends and I had a great conversation, and laughed about the possible interpretations to her dream, but we weren’t laughing at the end of summer when her dream came true.
I tell you all that in order to tell you the next part. Over the course of the last four years, my Father in heaven has given me several dreams. They were unlike my usual dreams. I have studied, and continue to study John Paul’s work. Mostly, though, I take my dreams in prayer to God, and ask him what he’s trying to tell me. I am not entirely sure if they have come true yet or not. However I am watching and waiting. Hopefully, I am learning and growing as well.
God woke me up in the middle of the night. After Dad’s death years ago, this was my first significant dream. When I asked my Lord what he wanted me to do, I felt he told me to read Proverbs. So I started with chapter one, and read through ten. When I went back to sleep, our Lord gave me this dream. I knew it was from him because I was seeing myself as I am, in my own body. I was not watching myself from a distance:
I was driving in my work pickup. For some reason, the roof and the windshield of the pickup were missing. I was holding onto the steering wheel with one hand when I hit a large bump. The impact was gentle, and the pickup bounced above the road in slow motion. I was lifted slightly from the driver’s seat. When we, the pickup and I, landed the second bounce was also gentle and in slow motion. Again the pickup rose, a little higher into the air and I from my seat, still holding onto the steering wheel with one hand. We bounced off the ground a third time. This time I looked at the top of a tree right in front of me; I was flying feet in the air above the pickup, but still held the steering wheel in one hand. I calmly said, “Jesus save me” as I floated in midair. The pickup and I slowly descended and bounced a fourth time, as on a trampoline. The final time I was floating in the air, holding onto the steering wheel. I was as high as the clouds. The sky was clear blue with just a few white puffy clouds. I was high enough to see several crop fields and a baseball diamond the size of a postal stamp. At that moment my alarm went off, and I woke up! I had butterflies in my stomach! My heart was pounding, my breath was shallow, and my muscles were tense. However, there was no fear of any kind, only an exciting, brilliantly exhilarating energy with an undeniable sense of peace and calm.
- windshield = vision
- vehicle = ministry, bigger vehicle = bigger ministry
- vertical ascent = going higher spiritually
- tree = mentor or spiritual leader
- peace, calm = good indication it is from the Lord
- four = number indicating God is doing something
My tentative conclusion is this: God is working in my life, and is using me to further his kingdom. He would like to take me higher, but I am holding onto the cares of the world, which is weighing me down (Parable of the Sower, Mark 4). I am not alone, but have the guidance of a mentor. If I want to go higher with the Lord, I have to let go.
This dream was in 2017. Since then I have written two books telling God’s story in our lives, with a third one on the way. I think the books might be a partial fulfillment of this dream, but I am not sure if it is completely fulfilled. What do you think?
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. Daniel 1:17
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