I often struggle to remember my dreams for very long after waking up unless the dream was particularly eventful or I make a conscious effort to record them. One thing I have tried to do recently is write down my dreams as I believe it is one method God uses to speak to us. What follows is a summary of a dream I had recently.
In my dream I had built up a debt on a credit card which I was struggling to pay off and some debt collectors were due to visit me imminently. I thought I had found a way to delay them by getting another card and transferring some of the balance to the new card. However, due to intermittent 3G signal on my phone I was being thwarted in carrying this out.
I was leaning against some sort of stone statue in a public park getting ever more frustrated by the situation when a couple of kids approached shouting, laughing and trying to climb the statue. My patience snapped and I shouted at them and physically removed one from the statue.
In the next scene, my Dad was talking with me, having heard about this incident, saying that this was out of character and asking what was wrong with me. Eventually I told him and immediately he offered to pay my debt. Due to pride/shame I was resisting this offer in the dream and it was at this point I woke up feeling rather low & stressed.
The first thing I took from this dream was a sense that I needed to remember and hold onto the fact that the price of my sin has already been paid, and that God wants to help me, but I need to accept the all that he has for me. Where does pride stop you from accepting God’s gifts?
I was also led to Jesus’ teaching on worry found in Matthew 6:25-34, as a reminder that worrying and stressing will get me nowhere. Instead I need to give my burdens to my Father who cares for me.
Matthew 6:25-34 – “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”