I better be careful what I ask for. Yesterday during our staff meeting we read Matthew 1:18-25, where Joseph is instructed by an angel in a dream to take the pregnant Mary as his wife. I commented that in our culture, dreams are rarely considered as means by which God speaks to us. So what did I experience last night? I awaken from a vivid dream, wondering what it means.
After last night’s stewardship meeting in which we discussed the progress of our “Crossing the Bridge” emphasis, I dreamed that I was crossing a large bridge in my car. It resembled the large interstate bridge that cross the Mississippi River near Rock Island, IL. I crossed it often in recent years, taking my daughter to college in Galesburg, IL. In my dream as I crossed the bridge, it dipped below the water line, but strong glass barriers kept the water off the road way. A bear and a wolf were crossing the bridge as well. As I neared the far west side of the bridge, I noticed that vehicles were turning around and heading back. I slowed as I neared the end.
A young teenager signaled for me to stop. He told me that the road ahead was blocked and that I would need to wait or turn back. I decided to wait. I got out of my car, which then became my bicycle. I leaned it against the wall and went to explore on foot. As I walked up the road straight ahead, I could see it was blocked by a grand piano, lying on its side. I looked for other routes. There was a small path to the left, but it seemed to small for my car (or bike?). However, there was also a major road to the right and that seemed to be the way to go, but a crowd blocking the exit from the bridge had not yet moved out of the way.
Needless to say, I have been playing/wrestling with this dream all morning. Various interpretations leap into my mind. Certainly part of it is my desire to push ahead quickly with the mission and ministry of Resurrection. I don’t want anything to block our way! Yet I discern the need to be patient, to explore the road ahead. The obvious way may be blocked for the moment, but a new way will be found. Psalm 16:11 You show me the path of life.
Has a dream ever played a role in your journey with God?
Or do you have a different interpretation of my dream?