I must say that it takes a lot to stop me from sleeping but stress will always work its way into my dreams.
Reference: v.1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying in bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: As soon as I woke up and recalled what I had been dreaming about I instantly realised that I must be really stressed. Many people struggle to sleep when they are going through a stressful time in their life. I must say that it takes a lot to stop me from sleeping but stress will always work its way into my dreams. I have two recurring stress dreams: one is that I have to return to school and complete my final year of primary or secondary school but something is stopping me from studying; the other is that I have a big task to do but I find myself underprepared and constantly distracted from completing the task. These dreams come in all sorts of different forms, in different locations with different contexts but they always have the same theme. As soon as I dream one of these dreams it confirms to me that I really am worried about something.
Application: While the dreams are not pleasant it’s a good way for me to realise exactly how I am feeling and start being proactive about what I’m stressing about. While not every stress dream is from God, it is clear that God can communicate with some people through their dreams. He certainly gave a number of people in the Bible dreams and visions – Joseph, Daniel, Peter, and numerous kings. These dreams and visions may not be crystal clear they are a chance for us to take note of something else that’s going on and start being proactive as to what God is communicating to us. God has many ways of connecting with us, let’s not be closed minded to the voice of God.
Prayer: Lord, we are so blessed that you care for us so much that you wish to connect with us. May we be open to your voice and active in our response. Amen.
How does God communicate with you?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.