Blog 10: The 2018 Dream Interpretation ~ Finally! The Interpretation of the 2018 Dream – my apologies for the delay!

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Interpretation of the 2018 Dream

In this blog post, I will be discussing the 2018 Dream I shared on March 10. If you have not read it, or wish to refresh, here is the link: Post 03: 2018 Dream.

At the time of the dream, I really had no understanding of what God was revealing or saying. After much prayer, I simply set the dream aside. As is typical, I forgot all about it. Recently, when I unexpectantly discovered it in an email I had sent to my sister (at the time of the dream and forgotten I had saved), I re-read it. I was amazed at how it now applied and at what God started revealing to me!

This dream is about the Church, the Ecclesia or Ekklesia. It is clearly about what God is doing in the Church TODAY. WOW! I was astounded! This dream is in its “now” moment!! How exciting!

So, let’s break it down; let’s talk about the representation. Funny, how clear it is to me now, but I had no clue back in 2018. Isn’t that just like God? (Lots of smiles)

The main elements in the dream are: The man, me, the little girl, the Pastor and his wife, the teenage girl and congregation, the sanctuary, and the tears. I will focus on each of those.

The “Man”

In the dream, the man I went into the church with was neither my brother nor husband; there was no element of that connection or commitment. But neither was he a stranger or casual acquaintance with no connection or commitment; perhaps a friend…

I knew he had not been to church in a very long time. Perhaps he had grown weary and disillusioned about church. Perhaps he had been hurt, wounded, or abused – through family or divorce, or from someone in the church (one of the sad states of our churches is sometimes “kicking people when they are down” instead of loving the wounded, the fallen, back to health and life), or perhaps he had been wounded through community. Perhaps he had fallen into sin. Perhaps there were other reasons or combination of reasons, but for whatever the reason(s), he had not attended church in YEARS. He was downtrodden, broken, empty, rejected, and thought of himself as unworthy – unworthy to be with God’s people, and unworthy to be in God’s presence.

This man represents those who have been / are broken in the Body of Christ and are no longer connected. Those who feel unworthy; those who really, deep down inside, want and need to be reconnected.

The “Me”

In the dream, I was the one who had stood by this man (this person), encouraged him to attend, encouraged him to try. I must have I lived enough of my faith in front of him so that he wanted to try, so that he believed and hoped when I told him there was hope.

I represent those who have been healed, restored, in the Body of Christ. Those who walk in love, compassion, grace, and forgiveness; those who have – and extend – hope.

The “Little Girl”

The little girl, of course, refers to when Jesus said that unless we become like a little child, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and how He told His disciples to allow the little ones to come to Him for such is the Kingdom of God. (Matthew 18:3 and 19:14; my paraphrases.) This little girl is innocent in love – she judges not; she is meeting the man on his own terms – and not making a big, prideful deal about it; she is sharing the moment with him – in a non-threatening way. She is being Jesus’ loving acceptance of him; she is welcoming. She represents faith, acceptance, belonging, empathy, and love in the Body of Christ; the true Ekklesia.

The “Pastor and Wife”

The Pastor and his wife are leaders in the church (in the Body of Christ.) They have humble hearts before God and man, and they have hearts after God. They are in tune with the Holy Spirit; they are not intimidated by God moving in their midst. In fact, they allow and encourage others to allow the Holy Spirit to move. They desire and seek God’s presence; they lead others into His presence. They walk in truth with compassion.

The pastor and his wife represent spiritual leaders – shepherds, teachers, prophets, apostles – in the Body of Christ; leaders who walk in discernment and love rather than in pride and arrogance. These leaders see those they have ministered to as whole and complete, rather than continuing to see them as broken, which allows those healed to walk in victory!

The “Teen(s) and Congregation”

The teenaged girl, and then the congregation slowly one-by-one, moving to sit on the floor represents the Body of Christ accepting and embracing the hurting man (person.) They are all relating to where he is (putting themselves in his shoes – if you will.) Acceptance without pressure to “perform.” It shows a truly a humble spirit in the Body; they aren’t “better” than the man simply because they have been attending church.

The “Sanctuary”

I believe this is obvious: The sanctuary is a safe place. It does not just represent a church service; it represents a gathering, any gathering, of the Body of Christ – it is the Christian community.

The “Tears”

“…the man, still sitting on the floor, had his eyes closed with his head bowed down… Tears were running down his face.”

So why the tears? There are many types of tears: tears of repentance, tears of joy, tears of sorrow, tears of beauty, tears of pain, tears of an absolute sense of being overwhelmed… the list goes on. But this man’s tears, God emphasized to me, were restorative healing tears.

Restorative healing. That is very powerful. They were a combination of repentance and forgiveness (forgiveness given and received), rejection turned to acceptance, pain turned into healing, unworthiness turned into being worthy in Christ, and all that is represented when God totally comes in and one feels love, acceptance, belonging, worth, value, forgiveness, healing, and restoration. Restorative Healing.

In Conclusion

It is very evident that God is now doing a restorative healing in the Body of Christ. He is bringing back into the Body, those who have been wounded and those who have fallen or slipped away; He is binding up the broken hearted and healing them; He is re-gathering the isolated and alone: and He is strengthening us as one for these days we are living in.

Wherever you are, I want to encourage you to embrace His healing love, extend that love to others, walk in humility, (don’t judge or condemn, don’t put your expectations on others), and allow God’s grace and loving mercy to flow from His throne – to you, through you, and out to others! See people as whole, healed individuals! Be patient, kind, long-suffering, forgiving – and extend His grace to others as it has been extended to you. Remember: He didn’t die for us AFTER we were saved or AFTER we were worthy; rather, WHILE we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! (Romans 5:8)

Finally, in Ephesians 5: 1 & 2 (AMP): Therefore be imitators of God – copy Him and follow His example – as well-beloved children [imitate their father.] And walk in love – esteeming and delighting in one another – as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.

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