I'm a dreamer, always have been. I dream to explore the possibilities, to escape reality, to expand on things I've read. My mind tends to wander when I'm bored, stressed, when I'm thinking hard to solve problems. Many of my dreams have become books.
Many fellow writers have the same experience, turning dreams into print. I'm not alone out there in fantasyland, dreaming up fairy tales and people we'd like to be, make believe, fiction, writing the impossible and making it possible.
Why dreams? Were they created for a purpose? A higher purpose? Often when I think on complex issues I turn to the Bible for answers. I wondered just how many people did God speak to in dreams either directly with words or with visions?
Abimelek, Jacob, Joseph, the cupbearer and baker, Pharaoh (Genesis 41), a man (Judges 7), Solomon, and Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel. God spoke to Moses, Aaron, Miriam, Job, and others but not in a dream.
Are all dreams from God? Obviously not. In Numbers 12:6 God says, "When there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams."
But, we are warned to be on guard against those who make claims. " “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully."
I believe God still speaks to us. He impresses upon our hearts his desires, his will. It is our "conscience". If we are still, quiet, and obedient we can hear his voice. It may not be as clear as it was in the Old Testament, but He is alive and well and active in this world. These days, I still dream, daydream, wonder and while I do I try to steer it in God's direction. The characters in my books usually manage to drift towards God, seeking his face. Often purposefully, sometimes not.
This is a bit of meandering post, I think because my mind still wonders and wanders, searching God. I know Him and He knows me and I know He knows me because I search for him....in my dreams and in my reality.
Next I will share two dreams that I had recently that intertwined. Share your dreams with me.
Why the blog?
I write as the Spirit moves me. I have prayed about what I'm supposed to do with my life a lot. A lot. Writing. Writing is what I believe God is leading me to do. Whether or not He wants me to write for anyone to read is His business. Much of my writing has been therapy for me so maybe I'm the only one who is supposed to read it. So, why the Blog? As a sounding board, a note pad, a place to keep my ideas and thoughts. A place to share and promote my books, and photography. Written prayers, a place to vent. Possibly, even a place for the unknown reader to learn about the love of Jesus.