Cautionary Dreams–A Memorable Sunday Afternoon Nap

October 21, 2007 at 3:39 pm 2 comments

“Thus far has the Lord has helped me.” I love that quote from where the memorial was built and the place called Ebenezeer.  After every major mountain I have to climb, I hear it in my head.  “Thus far, has my Lord helped me.”

It’s been a good few days.  Trying to stay on top of housework, kids, and tasks.  Trying to rememeber and soak in what the Lord last said to me.  Not moving ahead until He says so. 

This weekend has been my husband’s last weekend of study before a big exam on Friday.  That test has re-organized our family time this fall.   Sometimes, it’s seemed redudant and stressful to keep the house and kids quiet and stay grounded near home.  In other ways, it’s been a refreshing change of pace to just be home and learn to be still.  I’m sure it has allowed me to stay on task with my 90 days reading!  I need to catch up, even today!

This will be a different kind of week I’m sure, him reviewing notes and doing final study.  I hope he does well.  A couple nights ago, I dreamed he made a 90.  (But, then again, I don’t think it’s prophetic, for I also made an 80.  I would have probably beaten him, but a proctor was being so loud and obnoxious, I took him out in the hall to give him a talking to.  Fortunately, I woke before I had to hear that lashing.) 

I’ve been having such strong themed dreams lately.  I just took a nap just now and dreamed I was driving along, praying, sort of stressed with a lot on my mind.  I was going fast, and climbing a huge mountain on a four lane road, only there was a mountain between me and on-coming traffic…where the median would have been. 

When I looked up, an enormous floor to ceiling rainbow caught my eye, and it made me smile.  I could barely make it out with my sunglasses on, and wondered if I saw it at all, so I took off my sunglasses.  Oh yes!  There it was, but the car in front of me was sort of blocking my view.  In my dream, I immediately started to pass–without looking over my shoulder.  When I remembered to do so, there was a car was right there, in my blind spot.

I corrected just before I hit it, and veered back toward the curb of my lane.  A came to a — non-existent emergency lane,  just as I would have dropped off to sure death down the mountain.  So, I swerved back just as my tires felt the raw edge of blacktop, just barely missing the car in front of me, knowing I could not brake now or I’d lose traction, though I wanted to, to keep from hitting the car in front of me.  I was right on his tail. 

I willed the car not to hit.  My heart would have started beating fast and I would have freaked out, only I told it I could not, I breathed deep, and willed the car again, and held on tight.

And I woke.

I took a deep breath, my heart at normal speed. 

I should have hit the cars in that dream.

I thanked the Lord for all the times he’s saved me. Before I got up, I asked him if there was something I was supposed to gain from that.  

Whether it was Him or not, I do not really know.  But, what I sensed was the message was this at the time:

First things first.  Some things HAVE to be done when they have to be done.  There is no waiting.  And…be careful.”

It was a scary dream.  It was not a dream I want to have again.  But, I almost missed it, and I’m glad I didn’t.  I turned over once, stared at the ceiling, and then realized there was no more napping today.  I came to the kitchen and there was Red, trying to open us his jar of homemade frozen strawberry jam (frozen, like he likes it, but the jar won’t ever open for him).  I said, “Son, what are you doing?” 

He said, “Dad said I could have this!  Dad said I could!”

“Okay, well, where IS Dad?”

“He was asleep in your bed.”


That’s where I would have been.  If I had, I would have missed this unusual dream–I dreamed it in the minute before I awoke.   

Yes, we are to live spiritually like police officers.  Always on duty.  Always alert, even in our times of rest and need for inspiration and reflection.   Even with other things on our minds…first things first.



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  • 1. Misty  |  October 23, 2007 at 8:17 am

    You had that dream because you’ve had some near misses on the road in recent times. And you’ve been stressed about that and other stuff that’s been going on, worried about loved ones. See, I’m good at dream interpretation—not quite as good as Joseph, but what ya gonna do? 🙂

    Maggie replies: I considered that, but it didn’t seem to apply. I’m not sure. I would have thought so, except for the Lord continuing to caution me as I’m driving: you are stressed, make SURE to pay attention as you are driving. I really thing he was warning me to stay undistracted when I need to!

    Now, my own dreams, I have NO idea what they mean lately. I’ve had dreams ranging from silly to gross.

    Night before last, I had a dream that Arnold Schwartzenegger was working in a K-Mart in my home town. I was in there shopping for a digital camera for my mom (she was apparently alive in my dream) and he came by and said, “Hi Misty!” in that Austian accent he has. And…he was in a wheelchair. Now how wierd is that!?

    Maggie replies: I don’t know, but I heard on the radio this morning that he is signing tons of legislation right now related to alternative lifestyles in education that will eventually affect books for our children as well. That state, they said, is the largest purchaser of educational books. It’s very serious. They plan to make teachers PROMOTE the lifestyle. Not just avoid it, according to this program from Focus on the Family.

  • 2. Misty  |  October 23, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Oh, and you’ve felt out of control about the situations, so you “willed” the cars not to hit, kind of a subconscious wish that you could “will” things not to happen in real life. How good is that? 🙂

    Maggie replies: 😀 That seems logical. But, I sense that part was more straightforward. I just didn’t want to hit that car going 75 on that dangerous stretch of road! And, I will, without some extra attentiveness and the Lord’s help. I’m just begging for it, and He’s asking me to stay alert, I have no doubt.

    It’s so great that you are reading three days old. What a great friend you are!

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