In the wee hours of the morning my daughter came running out of her room, crying and visibly shaken by a dream. She said that â€œa witch turned into a witch,â€ and that her daddy and I turned into starfish.
Alrighty, then, my dear child. What an imagination!
But while weâ€™re on the topic of dreams, Iâ€™m feeling called to share a few thoughts about a very recent one I had. While I donâ€™t believe every dream has a powerful spiritual message to uncover, (Exhibit A: my daughter’s dream), I do believe God can and does speak to us through our dreams. After all, divine messages areÂ revealed through dreams time and again throughout salvation history.
The other night I had a crazy dream, one where I’mÂ positiveÂ God was speaking. I don’t remember all the details, but the ones I do remember are quite vivid. The dream took place inside my home, we had more children (I think maybe four?), joy and happiness abounded, and the letter/number combination of â€œ20+C+M+B+13â€ was a key theme.
Do those numbers and letters look familiar? Did you inscribe them at the top of your door last weekend as part of the Epiphany House Blessing? The numbers represent the current year and the letters either represent the initials of the Magi or the Latin phrase Christus mansionem benedicat —Â Christ bless this house.
Home, kids, joy, 2013. Hmmm.
As Iâ€™ve continued reflecting on the dream, I know God is reaching out, telling me that He will bless our home and familyÂ abundantlyÂ if I just let go.Â If youâ€™ve followed this blog for any length of time, you know that Joel and I have twice suffered miscarriage. Iâ€™ve spent much time (often rather frustratingly so) working with a NaPro-trained doc to get to the heart of my fertility issues. Iâ€™ve supplemented with natural hormones to achieve and sustain pregnancy — those made me crazy. I reallyÂ really donâ€™t want to go there again. We also hopped on this marriage and parenthood ride a little later in life — Joel much later than I (jab, jab). To paraphrase Joel, we ainâ€™t in this for grandkids.
To get to the heart of all this rambling, we desire to have a larger family. How and if that unfolds will most likely take twists and turns yet to be revealed. But the dream serves as a powerful call. Just as the Magi traveled to Bethlehem to adore the Lord and open their treasures to the Child Jesus, I, too, am calledÂ to do the same. Well, maybe not to travel to Bethlehem (at least I donâ€™t think!), but to adore Christ, to manifest Him within our home, and to freely be open to the treasures I might be able to offer back. And by doing so, God will bless our home. â€œ20+C+M+B+13.â€ I am consoled and encouraged. We shall see what 2013 brings. Pray for us?
Question: Has God spoke to you through a dream? Were you consoled, encouraged, or challenged? I would love to hear about it and pray for you.