Suzi (3 Aug
"To Wendy re dreams"
Thank you so much Wendy. You kind words mean a lot to me.
took me a long time to realize that the ability to understand the
symbols in dreams was not an 'occult' thing...since I'd been 'told' (I
call it Satan whispering in my ear) that it was one of the things that
made me 'special'.
For quite a while after I became a Christian,
it scared me that I still 'knew things'. Finally, as my husband and I
were doing our Bible study together, we got to Joseph, and my eyes were
opened to how dreams and their interpretation CAN come from God. Better
still, I realized that just understanding the 'language' of dreams is a
talent/gift that a person can have. Some people have a way with
animals, some can read 'body language'...it was something like that. I
really felt like Satan got a black eye the day I realized that 'he' was
not the originator of that ability. I felt a freedom that added to the
release/relief of salvation.
I always stress that what I 'get'
from dreams are from my own understanding. Just like someone who is
good at math can figure out a problem, or a wordsmith can read with
understanding, I just sort of 'get' the way our brain uses symbols in
dreams. I can usually tell when someone is just 'seeing' their own
thoughts/fears/problems playing out in their dreams (since that is what
God built us to do), but sometimes I can tell when a dream is truly
prophetic (my kids have those)...trouble is, the real proof of those
come after the fact. When we can look back and see that it did play
out. I've always been confused as to why God would give me that, when
usually I can't do anything about the events that are going to play
out. I finally came to the understanding that the main thing is just to
pray for His will. He's giving us a 'heads up' to things that will be,
so we can be prepared and in prayer.
One time, my daughter
dreamed that her friend had 'heart trouble', that he was going to
suffer a 'pain in his heart' and that 'death' was involved. She
couldn't 'get' if it was saying he was going to die, or someone he
knew....she was also involved in the dream. We both prayed for him, She
told him to get a check up (he was in the military). We talked about
this early in the day one day...later that afternoon, she called me
hysterical, her beloved dog Apple was killed by a train near her house,
and it was her friend that found her. His heart was effectively broken
(everyone loved that dog), he was also most likely the last person to
see her, and possibly let her out of the apartment, so he carries the
guilt/pain in his heart. Again, it's not always cut and dry, clear what
the dream symbols are, and when they are 'future telling', I believe
it's just God's way of trying to prepare us. We did not 'get' the
meaning, but after the fact, it became really clear. I think that
everyone can understand, but some people are better at it. Was there
enough in her dream to have kept them from allowing the dog out? I
don't know. She was so afraid (since the dream was so real and strong
and she KNEW it meant something), that all she focused on was 'death'
and her friend & his heart. There could have been other aspects of
the dream she overlooked.
I believe that when Adam and Eve
'communed' with God in the Garden, 'we' spoke with him in a symbol type
language..the language of dreams. I guess I won't know if I'm right
till I get to meet him face to face.