God doesn’t always give us an immediate interpretation of our dreams, and this is another reason it is good to keep a journal. As we reread our dreams, sometimes He drops understanding into us months down the road from when we first had the dream. Why? Perhaps events had to unfold in our lives before the dream could become relevant to us. It could be a matter of maturity in our understanding.
Early in my experience with this type of revelation, I had a dream that explained specifics of what my primary function in the Body of Christ was to be. There were many details, and the Lord explained most of them to me immediately. Some details seemed important, but were held from my understanding for another two years. I read through that dream often, and continued to ask about the unexplained details, and eventually the interpretations were given.
Dreams with recurring themes are particularly important to pay attention to, even if they seem a little silly. Over a two month period, I dreamed four times about turtles in various situations. God did not tell me right away what the turtles symbolized, and dream books and people I knew who were familiar with dream interpretation were not able to help me with this one. I like turtles, so for me, turtles are connected with happy things. I pondered the turtle dreams before the Lord many times, asking into them, and eventually understood that they represented blessings and God-promises in my life. The Lord then showed me what He had been speaking about my promises in each of those dreams.
Dreams can be either panoramic, full-blown stories or snapshot pictures of one simple scene. I sometimes doze off while praying, and when I do, I’m likely to have snapshot dreams from the Lord. Even the snapshots can be full of important details. Here is an example:
I had been praying for favor for my husband and myself – God’s favor and also a particular person’s favor. In a snapshot dream, I saw a man in brown uniform running up to our front porch. I just saw him from the back as he got to the porch. I immediately awoke, startled. I understood from the brown uniform that he was a UPS driver, and then had this conversation with the Lord:
“Lord, what was that?”
“He’s bringing you a package.”
“What is it, Lord?”
“Is it God’s favor or So-and-so’s favor?”
“God, You know that first and foremost I want Your favor!”
“I know that, and that’s why you can have the other one, too.”
Some of the details of this dream continued to nag at my mind over the next couple of days, so I asked more questions, and got more revelation:
The UPS man was running to show haste. God said we would get this favor quickly. The package was left at our door – which meant I needed to actively receive it, to take it in.
I asked, “Lord, why was the package left at the front door? They usually leave it at the back door.”
“It is front-door favor, not back-door favor. It will not be done in secret.”
A week after the dream, we were given great favor by the person I had prayed about, and it definitely happened in a public manner. It was also something we could have rejected, but chose to accept.
If you haven’t yet explored hearing from the Lord through dreams, I encourage you to get started now. Ask Him to speak to you through this avenue, and be serious about recording your dreams and asking into their interpretations. Those of you who have difficulty hearing from God in other ways may even find that dreams are the key that unlocks the door of revelation for you. You will want to expand into other ways of hearing from Him, but dreams are a great place to start.
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