Last week I shared two stories about literal dreams. One was a simple dream that saved a child’s life. The other concerned pending surgery and a swimming pool for me. Strange as it seemed, I didn’t understand until the moment God chose to reveal its meaning.
At that time, I was being treated at Duke hospital for infertility. It was so painful – physically, emotionally, and financially. I was so tempted to throw inthe towel in trying to have a child, but the Lord brought this dream to my remembrance as well as other words of encouragement.
Looking back, I find it absolutely fascinating that everything I dreamt came to pass. Because of this literal dream, I knew to embrace the invasive infertility procedures believing that somehow this was God’s will for me.
While that may sound improbable, I do think that God used these surgeries to change my fear of having children to a faith in Him that I could conceive. He gave me an appreciation of motherhood that I can never take for granted.
Can you believe that in the next few days my daughter will be 13 years old? YIKES! I am a mother of a teenager, but I am still in awe of what He has done. Only the one true God could do such a thing!
Hope this info makes sense? At least somewhat. But if not, here’s my 1-2-3 skinny about LITERAL DREAMS…..
1. How can you know your dream is literal?
Literal dreams are always real, require no interpretation and have the potential to happen as you see them. Check that your dream does not contain any symbolism. For example, I would never take my Bible on a roller coaster, or I would never be casting snakes out of a car. If you discover even one unrealistic symbol, then you must interpret the entire dream as symbolic. Otherwise, you can assume that your dream “might” be literal. Then, think about the destiny of your dream and what your next steps should be based on what you know is God’s will.
2. Is a literal dream destined to happen? All dreams are conditional because God gives us the freewill to choose. If it’s a bad dream, we can change the outcome through prayer and the choices we make in our life. If it’s a good dream, we still have to continue on God’s path to bring forth the desired results. In every case, we need to look to God, His word and the Holy Spirit for guidance on what actions we need to take next. Isn’t that great news? (That’s why we call the gospel the Good News!)
3. What actions, if any, should you take concerning a literal dream? If you think your dream is literal, make sure you pray about it – especially if the dream outcome reveals something negative. Ask for God to wake you up at the appointed time so that you are ready for His leading of your next steps.
Remember, we have the ability to change the world around us through the name of Jesus. That’s why He sometimes uses dreams to speak to you and me – for He always desires to help us! YEA GOD!