Feb 2, 2012

On a roll...

This last week I was on a roll. I keep a journal with me most of the time and whenever I think of a topic for this Sunday article, I jot it down. This is very helpful for those weeks when I have writer's block. Well this last week I thought of three topics at the same time. I got out my journal and wrote them down. They were great topics! I'm sure you'd find them amusing and entertaining. But unfortunately, we'll never know. You see after jotting them down ...I woke up. It had all been a dream. I immediately searched my brain trying to remember what I had written. But alas, while my mind remembers writing the words down it doesn't remember what the words were. ARGGGHHH

I don't dream much. In fact, my dreams are very boring. I might remember dreaming about two or three times a year. And my dreams are very plain and bland. But I know people who dream in full-living color. In fact, I know at least one person whose dreams are so real, she thinks that everything in the dreams really happened. And then she gets upset with me when she finds out I didn't do the things I said I did in the dream.

Researchers aren't quite sure why we dream. Many of them think that dreaming is a time when the brain performs some functions – like getting rid of unnecessary memories or strengthening others. Others believe that during dreams, the brain is simply resonating synapses. What we do know is that dreaming happens during Rapid Eye Movement (or REM) sleep, most dreams last 5 to 20 minutes, and it is estimated that the average person spends about six years of their lives dreaming.

Of course the Bible is infused with accounts of dreaming and dream interpretation. In fact Joseph became great because he was able to interpret Pharaoh's dreams. I have had a few dreams where I have wondered what God was trying to tell me. But acting on a dream takes a lot of faith; faith to believe the dream is from God, faith to interpret it, and faith to act on it.

It is good that our salvation is dependent upon Christ alone and not our dreams. Because while some dreams may be a sign from God, they aren't always clear. If God was trying to tell me something about my writing it was completely lost on me. But I do know that I am God's precious child and he loves me whether I dream in full-blown living color every night or have plain dreams once in a while.

Blessings,

Pastor David Hook