Always Relevant: God is
Proverbs 15:15-17 Amplified
2 Corinthians 2:14 Amplified
It’s important to understand the days of the afflicted presage evil and they are surrounded with a bad lot.
I’ve said many times before I’ve had dreams and visions since I was a young teenager.
They have been a roadmap for me, but not an easy roadmap to follow.
See (in my case at least) dreams are symbolic of something. My visions have tended to mirror something in my life that is happening or is about to happen.
I learned early on that dream interpretation can be difficult. I’ve also learned that there are people who have the gift of interpretation. Various people who have that gift have been very very helpful!
Proverbs 15:15-17 tells us,
“All the days of the afflicted are bad,But a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of the circumstances].
Better is a little with the [reverent, worshipful] fear of the LordThan great treasure and trouble with it.
Better is a dinner of vegetables and herbs where love is presentThan a fattened ox served with hatred.”
I’ve shared before that I was a young teenager when I had my first dream.
It was a strange dream. I was at home by myself and I was looking out of the large picture window in the living room. I saw a black dog who was as large as a house stomping through my neighborhood. It was coming toward me.
I woke up before I had an encounter with the dog.
At the time I had the first of many many dreams throughout my life, I had no idea it was from God.
I didn’t know I had the gift of dreams and visions.
I didn’t know my dreams were symbolic.
When I woke up from this dream I was scared and unsettled. It thought it was just a weird dream.
Some time after I had that dream I was at home, playing outside and when I rounded the corner at the side of my house, a large black dog was growling and showing his teeth.
I was petrified and I screamed. I always scream when I’m afraid. I froze dead in my tracks. I didn’t know what I was going to do.
My retired neighbor who lived across the street heard the scream from his garage and he stepped outside. He saw the dog and knew I was cornered. He grabbed a large garden tool and he ran toward me shaking the tool.
His shouts startled the dog and he ran away even before he reached me. My Mom heard the commotion and came running out of the kitchen door. She thanked our neighbor for coming to my rescue.
Some time later I thought about the dream I had with the large black dog who was the size of a house. I told my dad about the dream and I told him I thought it was a pretty weird coincidence.
“Hummmm…” said my dad, “it doesn’t seem like it’s a coincidence to me.”
As the years went on and I had other dreams that became a reality I started to put the pieces together.
Since then I’ve had too many dreams to count that came true. Now when I have a dream that is a message, I have a sense that it’s from God.
Not all of my dreams have a message. Not all of my dreams are from God.
Just like Solomon wrote about in Proverbs 15:15-17, life is filled with good and bad. Some of my dreams that are a message from God are a warning, a presage from God telling me to beware because something bad (evil) is about to happen. Other dreams from God are a presage of something very good that is coming.
Three times when I was expecting a child I had a dream that was a presage and I saw the baby. I knew the child would be a boy or a girl. I knew their name. I rejoiced.
The fourth time I was expecting I had foreboding of an older child named Angela. It was a warning dream. I miscarried the baby.
The fifth time I was expecting I had a vision and I knew the child was a boy. I knew his name and I rejoiced.
God has warned me through my dreams about what is to come.
A few nights ago I woke up when I screeched. It was a strange sound. I saw in the dream a bright flash. It felt like something is about to happen. I do not know what will happen or when it will happen. I didn’t have a sense that it was good or bad.
It just was.
What I know is that in time God will make it clear. 2 Corinthians 2:14 tells us, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us spreads and makes evident everywhere the sweet fragrance of the knowledge of Him.”
Spiritual Practice: Guidance
Think of a time when God brought you clarity. Thank God for guidance.
In God, Deborah