Sow & Reap: Does God still use dreams?

Dreams are funny things. Have you ever awakened from a dream in a cold sweat?

“Oh, no! I can’t believe I forgot my pants!”

or

“The purple monster is going to eat me.”

Yeah, they’re not all that unrealistic, but sometimes they give us clarity and sometimes they enable us to laugh at ourselves. And then other times, they wake us in a cold sweat shaking and shivering. Then other nights, they make no sense at all.

This morning I woke to my hubby breaking out in a cold sweat. He’s usually a dreamless sleeper, so I was curious to see what he had to say.

“Whew, I’m glad that was only a dream. The cows were out and I couldn’t get them back in. They were all the way in the next county and got all mixed up with another herd. It was a nightmare.”

Are you giggling behind your hand yet? Only a farmer, right? 😀

I can’t laugh too hard because all of my dreams this week have been about burning dinners and not having enough food. Shudder.

So what do dreams mean? Anything?

During Bible times, dreams were used to forecast the future. I’ve been reading Genesis and just got to the part about Joseph and his dreams.

Remember his dream about the sun, moon and stars bowing down to him? Genesis 37

Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”

Sure enough, it did mean something. Aside from the fact that it made his brothers and father angry with him, it came true many years later when his brothers came to buy food in Egypt. (If you haven’t read the story of Joseph, I would encourage you to do so. It’s a very fascinating story.)

God used a dream to warn Joseph, husband to Mary to flee to Egypt to protect Jesus from Herod’s clutches.

Let’s talk about this for a little while.

Do you think that God still uses dreams today? Have you had any dreams that changed the course you were on?

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4 Responses to Sow & Reap: Does God still use dreams?

  1. Kari says:

    Yes! and Yes! God uses dreams to talk to us. He has used dreams to awaken me to a course I am on…When we talk about time, for example the time of Joseph and his need to flee and our time now, it is just a blink of an eye. It is all in God’s time. He has perfect timing and dreams are part of it. ~Kari

    PS Don’t worry about the food and burned dinners. You are doing a magnificent job, those dreams are to tell you to stop worrying, everyone is happy and fulfilled around your table…especially all of the interns. :-)

  2. Lynn M says:

    Yes, yes, yes and yes! First off let me say emphatically, HE has directed me in dreams. Not often, but more than once. But, the subject of dreams is fascinating to me since I am always intrigued by how the mind works and in dreams you get a real picture of what it is doing unsupervised! I have been aware of dreams all of my life (or at least since I was 8). I walked and talked in my sleep for 30 plus years. I still talk a lot, but walk less. I used to categorize dreams I had: those with complex symbols, those where I continued an activity in my sleep that I’d been doing all day; those where my conscience that was vulnerable due to sin brought on awful, life-threatening nightmares; those where my brain accounted for external stimuli like the radio alarm trying to wake me up; problem solving dreams in which I never came up with a solution that was useful when I awoke, but in the dream the idea suggested seemed brilliant; original story/movie dreams with actual plots that I wanted to finish even if I woke up before the end; lecturing dreams where I was intensely explaining something to someone; and then few, and far between, dreams where the LORD answered something I’d been appealing to Him for direction concerning. Now-a-days I don’t dwell on dreams so much, but I still am quite aware of them. I found that I have a range of parasomnias. As I age, they are less and less worrisome. Whenever people talk about dreams, I listen. Many people dismiss dreams as being meaningful; I don’t.

  3. kelli says:

    I spent some major time reading about Joseph months ago and there is much wisdom there in terms of Biblical preparedness and being able to supply your own food needs (by God’s hand of coarse). Have you ever heard of The Joseph Project? Google it. :)