The Power of Dreams: Understanding Their Meaning and Importance
Did you know that a dream is often defined as “a series of thoughts, images, and sensations that occur in a person’s mind during sleep”? However, there are different words associated with dreams. For instance, we have the American dream, the dream team, the dreamer, among others. Unfortunately, many Americans believe that the American dream is a thing of the past. Recently, during and after the pandemic, many Californians moved to Texas in search of the new American Dream.
For a long time, I never took my dreams seriously until I became a Christian. Suddenly, I was introduced to the idea that my dreams had meaning. From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible mentions God speaking to His people through dreams. Even in the present day, God continues to speak through dreams to His disciples, sometimes to correct, direct, or warn them. Although the purpose may differ, dreams seem to be the modus operandi that God uses to communicate His thoughts.
Over time, I’ve come to understand that dreams can have literal interpretations, but most often, they are allegorical. For a long time, I didn’t realize that dreams could be allegorical. As a result, I didn’t give them much importance. Nowadays, I journal my dreams and wait on God for interpretation. Some dreams are easy to interpret, while others are more challenging. Pursuing the heart of God at all times makes it more interesting. Pursuing God, even for the interpretation, helps us discover a love language. God shows us vivid images of people, things, colors, and events to share His heart with us. Sometimes it might feel like a movie, while other times it may feel like a few images and scenes.
The next time you have a dream, ask yourself the source of the dream. Is it scary? Does it create emotions such as fear, shame, pain, darkness, or deception? All these emotions represent the dark kingdom (from Satan). The other source can be from our human psyche (from our soulish realm). God dreams have associations with light, peace, laughter, life, direction, purpose, brightness, love, respect, and scriptures. These emotions most probably come from God.
God wants to communicate His love for you by sharing the love language of His beloved son. He loves you so much and wants to have a relationship with you. He initiates by showing you a dream. Actually, the dream is a result of Him dreaming of you. That might be hard to grasp, but can God dream of a sinner like me? The answer is yes. He dreams of you every day and hence initiates this new way of communication that would foster and enhance effective friendship with the One who loves you.
If you have any questions about the dreams you’ve had in the past, feel free to ask. Also, share your thoughts or comments on those who followed their dreams and found results. Have you had any dreams lately that you knew had meaning but couldn’t interpret? Share them with us.