The jury is still out on why we dream, what dreams mean, even how we dream. The Cleveland clinic, in an article tells us that really the only thing known about dreams is the place in the brain they occur. Dreams occur throughout scripture as a way God speaks to us (Paul, Daniel, Joseph), and the interpretation of dreams is seen as a spiritual gift.
The prophet Joel tells us of the coming days of the Lord, how dreams and prophesy shall be markers of God’s arrival.
“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame. You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I, the Lord, am your God and there is no other. And my people shall never again be put to shame. Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
Joel 2:26-28 NRSV
Peter quotes this scripture in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost too. I’m not much of an “End times” Pastor, I think a lot of that is cloaked in fear, shame, and guilt. But, I AM dedicated to building the Kingdom (Kin-dom) of God. However, to this point I think dreams and prophecy are good indicators we’re on the right track In the work we do. Especially when those wild dreams of justice, mercy, and joyful abundance are pursued and feel more and more like reality.
I feel like during the height of the pandemic; the days when we were numb from loss, frustrated and fearful of each other, Isolated; in those days we didn’t dream too much. I didn’t at least, and if I did I was saddened by how far removed from reality my dream was. I’ve been dreaming more recently. Maybe that’s a sign of greater hope, maybe it‘s just the weather, but I think my brain and body sense possibility again.
Are you dreaming again? What dreams do you have? Dreams for our community, for your family, for yourself? As we continue to readjust to this new and changing world, let’s keep dreaming. What would it mean to _____________ in our church? What if I ____________? I think this town really needs a __________.
Let’s dream dreams and see visions. Let us pray for God to use us in new and exciting ways and let’s be open to however that may occur. Dream on!