I woke up this morning laughing. Seriously. I was laughing hysterically; it was the laughter that woke me up. Fortunately, I didn’t wake Janice up, but I was really laughing. Has this happened to you?
In my dream a person, who couldn’t jump any higher than a steamroller could, was trying to hook a banner up by taking a running jump up at the hook on a wall. The person was laughing as they attempted the feat, onlookers laughed too, and being a person who can’t jump much either, so was I. To the point where it woke me up.
Wouldn’t it be great if we woke up to laughter every morning? The world would be a better place! Sadly, I can’t say that happens to me much. As a matter of fact, I rarely remember what I dreamt about in the first place. I wish I did. At least most of the time I wish I did. Sometimes you don’t want to remember your dreams!
I read somewhere that the Bible records 21 dreams. In the course of thousands of years of recorded history in the Bible, that only 21 are recorded seems pretty sparse. Half of those come from Genesis, and six from Matthew.
The Bible teaches about dreams too. In Numbers 12:6 it says, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream.” So God speaks through dreams. Both in Joel and in Acts it says: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;” Now, it doesn’t say what kind of dreams the old men will have, so I guess last night proved the Scriptures true!
Humans have long been fascinated with dreams. They are mysterious to us, and I have no new insight to add. I will say that I have always understood Biblical dreams to be serious, to be directives that God gives to His people. Having said that, the imagery in Judges 7:13,14 is pretty hilarious – look it up! The interpretation was quite a leap!
So what if the dreams the old men have turn out to be just funny? What if God provided dreams not just to instruct, but also to reassure, to comfort, to entertain? What if we looked for God in our dreams, all of them? Maybe, once in a while, we would actually hear/see/remember something of significance. I really want to remember more of my dreams – how about you?
If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24