You are going to think I'm nuts but I have had some pretty crazy dreams lately. Two nights ago I dreamed that Stephen King was sitting in my congregation. I have this "hero worship" thing so I made a fool out of myself recognizing him while trying not to embarrass him.
Last night I had that reoccurring nightmare that goes back to my college days. I was in school again and started missing classes and going in late. I kept getting lost on the way and getting into a panic.
Earlier this week I had a dream that I was in the middle of a war and I had to get the people with me to safety.
Each time I woke up I wondered what I had been thinking or what these dreams meant, if anything. They were so vivid and real and they stuck in my mind throughout the day.
It's funny but in Biblical times dreams were supposed to mean something. Do you remember Joseph? He had some pretty crazy dreams and when he told his brothers about them it got him into a lot of trouble. Yet those dreams came true. The symbols pointed to a future reality.
I will never fully understand the nature of the dreams we have at night, but I do know something about the dreams and visions we have during our waking hours. God has put a dream in each of our hearts. He has given us gifts and he has a plan for our lives. We need to let those dreams rise to the surface and follow them. If you love children then you need to find a place where you can be that allows you to encourage and teach. If you have a heart for finance then you need to find that place where you can work to glorify God by working the numbers and creating the wealth need to fund his ministry. If you have a heart for singing then you need to get in the choir or do something that promotes music in our ministries. If you have a heart of compassion then you need to find a ministry where you can love people to a better life.
Don't let anyone squash your dreams. They are a gift from God. Embrace them and offer them up to Him.