Now, I'm sure all you dream gurus are going crazy reading into my stress dream…
Reference: v.1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God… (NIV Bible)
Explore: I have a recurring dream. Every time I am stressed I dream that I have to go back to school. I am usually repeating the final year of primary school or secondary school and during the dream something always goes wrong. Often in my dream I have a test or an exam yet I don't know what the subject is and I realise that I have not studied. Sometimes I'll get lost walking around the school campus or I'll lose my study books and not be able to complete a set task. Now, I'm sure all you dream gurus are going crazy reading into my stress dream, but its always a clear indication for me that I'm feeling out of my depth in my real life.
Application: It's interesting that when I am feeling out of control my mind takes me back to a time when I was less mature. God desires for us to be moving towards maturity in Him. We know that while we're on this earth we will never reach a full knowledge of God, but our desire as disciples is to be moving forward in our relationship with Him. When life gets crazy and we feel out of control we often fall back into old habits and don't prioritize God. We forget to pray or we don't have time to read the Bible. And yet it's at these times when we really need God more. If we desire to grow our faith towards maturity then we need to put our faith into action. It's in those times that we find our relationships deepen and grow in Christ.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay strong in my faith, no matter what is going on in my life. May I strive to grow in maturity in You. Amen.
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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.