Psalm 144:15- Happy are the people to whom such blessings fall; happy are the people whose God is the Lord.
I am one who dreams vividly and often times tellingly. Some of my dreams are really weird and totally unexplainable, but there are others that I can interpret their meaning exactly.
For instance, there was my famous triceratops dream. Years ago when I was in charge of a major fundraiser for our church’s youth choir, I was pretty anxious about all the details and the outcome. I dreamt I was racing down flights of stairs, and when I got the bottom of the stairwell, there was a triceratops that was blocking my exit. I had nothing with me, so all I could do to get past that beast was to roar at him to scare him away. I did this in my dream, but apparently I also did it out loud, because I woke Joel up when I ‘roared’! He then proceeded to wake me up and ask if I were all right, because he thought I was having a heart attack or something…
I explained to him that I was roaring at a triceratops, and he thought I was very strange. But in my dream, the stairs were the days of the calendar flying by, the triceratops was the fundraiser, and I had to ROAR to get past it! Which, of course, I eventually did, and happily, it was a success.
This week I dreamt that I was in situation where all I could move were my eyelids. In it, I had to spell out words by blinking my way through the alphabet. After I awoke in horror, I gave it a try to see how it might work. Just to blink out the words, ‘I love you’ added up to 109 blinks! I couldn’t do it; my eyes grew tired by the effort.
Tired, but not sleepy. Needless to say, I was pretty shaken by the dream. Somehow things always seem bleaker in the dark hours of the morning as opposed to during the daylight. Thoughts raced through my head. Was it a premonition? Will I become incapacitated? Why did I dream that?
The all knowing ‘they’ say that night fears such as these are a vestigial dread that stems from our ancestors who truly did live in terror of the darkness because of all the wild things that would come out at night. Whether or not that’s the case, it’s certainly true for me that the morning sun brings a blessed assurance that all my uncertainties can be overcome.
In hindsight, I think I dreamt this because scientist Stephen Hawking was in town recently for a conference of ‘very smart people’ (that’s about the best way I can describe it). Of course, he is such an inspiration to many with his full life in spite of his long term ALS diagnosis, and truly, just about all he can move ARE his eyelids!
Would I be so determined and courageous in the face of such physical helplessness? Only God knows what my future holds, but I do know that no matter what it is, I aim to try my best to look for the good in his plan. In the meantime, though, I will celebrate breathing, smelling, seeing, hearing, touching, feeling, tasting, speaking, moving freely and never ever complain about the small inconveniences of life.
Maybe my dream was a reminder to celebrate my blessings? A broken fingernail? Horrors! What will people think? Late for a meeting? The end of the world! The trash man overlooked my house? What a mess!
We are all SO blessed in this country that the vast majority of us have absolutely no cause for complaint. Good health, loving families, faithful friends, opportunities to worship in freedom, a means of employment and a safe community all add up to a paradise on earth.
Take the time in your prayers to give thanks for the ordinary days of wellness, safe havens, and prosperity of a kind that the majority of the world would envy. Because as the recent events in Virginia have taught us, it just takes one moment of being in the wrong place at the wrong time to have it all snatched away.
I think it also goes without saying that we should take the time to appreciate our brave young men and women who are in harm’s way as they serve in war zones miles away from our peaceful communities.
And never, ever forget to say, ‘I love you,’ to those who are dear to you, whether near or far. (Helpful hint: it works better when you say it out loud instead of blinking it with your eyelids!)