Last night I had another vivid dream. As a student of Scripture, I pay attention to dreams. Sometimes God speaks to us in dreams. When it’s not God speaking, it’s still sometimes the spearhead of revelation. Spiritually, there is much going on around us. For someone with a mind always churning like mine, slumber is often the only time the brain is quiet enough to hear what the spirit has to say. One thing I’ve found, both through dreams and intuition, is we often know things before we understand them.
In last night’s dream, I was back in college. I don’t think I was a student, but it was a college environment. I remember I didn’t need to walk. I was able to move just by thinking. Everywhere I went, it was like I was skiing over the surface. I even was able to ski over carpet, which was a new sensation. It’s hard to describe the sensation. I was gliding so effortlessly and quickly.
Of course, I don’t remember all the details of the dream. This is pretty common when I dream. But, the sensation was extremely vivid. And, as I was in that half-wake state after dreaming, it brought up memories of doing this before. I had never done this before; but, I had clearly dreamed that skiing sensation before. So, what does it mean? Well, I thought it might be useful to look at some of the recurring themes and sensations I’ve had in dreams, and try to investigate what I think either God or my spirit is trying to reveal.
I wonder if this represents walking in the Spirit. Is God bringing me into a season of life where he just propels me, and I glide along effortlessly? Is this gliding representative of his blessing, open doors, and ease of movement? Is this a possible picture of a period of time where I will have God’s favor in a particularly strong way?
College has been a recurring theme in my dreams. With the most recent dreams, I think it just represents a new direction—a fresh start on life. I’ve had a few dreams where I’ve been teaching and speaking to large college audiences. I think that might be representative of ministry—that God may be preparing me to have some sort of impactful ministry to young people.
Many of my dreams have included flying. This one is a little difficult, because there is a fine distinction between flying on one’s own power and being carried by God. I think proper discernment sometimes relies as much on the feeling of a dream as it does the images of a dream. In at least a few dreams, I think the flying is representative of God empowering and taking me somewhere. In other cases, I suspect it’s just that I’m a free spirit that likes to be creative and find my own path.
I’ve had several military-themed dreams. I suspect these dreams often reveal spiritual warfare. I likely need to be on guard when I experience one of these dreams. Perhaps they serve as a warning that what I’m seeing and experiencing in the physical isn’t the whole story.
It’s somewhat hard to explain the sensation of these dreams. I dream I’m driving a car, but I’m not at the wheel. I’m far behind the car trying to keep it going the right direction. Obviously, steering is difficult, and the car always ends up feeling out of control. I suspect the out of control is part of what these dreams mean, but I also think it has to do with me trying to control a situation when I just need to let God be in control. Go ahead, say it! Say it! I know you want to!
“Jesus take the wheel!”
Okay, do you feel better now? Good, because I’m not so sure about me. I’m talking to people who aren’t even there! Anyhow, I think these dreams mean I’m trying to be a back, back, back, way-far-back seat driver, when I just need to relax and let God drive. I might be missing some great scenery or a chance to get a good nap.
WALKING THROUGH HEAVINESS
This is another sensation that recurs in my dreams. I’m trying to walk (or run at times) and everything feels thick and heavy. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to make any headway. This could have a few different meanings. Perhaps my body needs better care than I’ve been giving it, so things are moving slowly. Or, at times this might mean I’m trying to walk in the flesh instead of the spirit.
ARE THESE RECURRING THEMES LIKE TRAFFIC SIGNALS?
I think in some ways these recurring themes are like traffic signals. The skiing sensation may be a green light—God is granting me favor, so hit the gas and enjoy the ride. The sensation of walking through heaviness may be a red light—slow down, because I'm trying to do things in my flesh. The disembodied driving may be a yellow warning—I'm starting to get out of control, so slow down and put things in their proper perspective. The warfare might be like a deer crossing sign, showing me that just outside my vision of the road ahead, many dangers are lurking. It may be telling me I’m too myopically focused on the road, and I need to be aware of things I can’t immediately see. The college symbol might be like a sign telling me of an upcoming on-ramp: both new opportunities and experiences I should be open to, as well as a possible indication of the future road I should follow. Flying might be like an unlimited speed limit sign—something that is rare that is going to transport me in ways I’ve never experienced before.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
We’ve all had those relationships that we allowed to continue far too long. We knew in our gut, but our brain was behind the game in telling us to get out. Or, we may have had that relationship we missed, and afterwards we knew we missed something special. It may not have been a relationship. It may have been a job or family situation—either that was allowed to continue for too long, or was missed entirely. At times our brain is too slow to process things. We knew before we understood, but waited for understanding; and, in the waiting made a big mistake. Paying attention to dreams can help us decipher where we’re at on the road of life. On rare occasions, a dream may be a word or warning from God. Most of the time, I think dreams reveal to us the things we know before our brain understands them. Dreams can be wonderful traffic symbols on the road of life, but only if we start to pay attention to them.