The Dreams Begin – Santiago, Chile
I was sitting in a taxi cab with the window open. A handsome young man with dark wavy hair and green eyes leaned in and kissed me goodbye.
That was my first vividly recalled dream that wasn’t a nightmare. I had been serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santiago, Chile for less than a month when I dreamed this.
Unbeknownst to me, I had met my husband-to-be already. We met at a church-sponsored dance and dated for a while. Shortly after we stopped dating, I decided to serve a mission like my grandmother had in Hawaii as a young woman.
Missionaries for the Church serve one and a half or two years. During that time they commit to not dating or looking for a spouse. So, as I was not currently dating, this dream and the one that followed were not a result of a current relationship. And although the dream reminded me of Clint, with his wavy hair and hazel eyes, it had been 6 months since I last saw or heard from him.
After a second similar dream, I retold the dreams to my companion Hermana Parra (Sister Parra) when she asked how I’d slept. She was very interested in dreams and told me a little about dream symbolism. Rough waters as a symbol of trouble is the only thing I remember. It was an important key to the symbolism of a dream I had a few years afterwards.
When Clint wrote to me near the end of my mission, I was shocked and delighted. We were engaged two and a half weeks after I returned home and married several months later. That’s a story for another time. 🙂
Dreams Have Meaning in My Life?
I didn’t used to believe dreams were significant. Even after the dreams I had as a missionary I lacked confidence in the possibility. Who was I to have access to God through dreaming?
That was before I read The Memory Catcher: When Angels Speak, Who Will Listen? by Sarah Hinze and Visions of Glory by John Pontius. As I read about Sarah’s life and how God guided her to discover her purpose, in part through dreams, I started to believe God would do the same for me. My confidence grew when I later read Visions of Glory that God speaks to ordinary people like myself, at times, in dreams. I needed to be open to the possibility and realize I was not the exception to receiving gifts from Him! And neither are you!
I’ve found as I look for meaning prayerfully God shows me He often uses dreams to address my concerns and needs.
Does That Mean All Dreams Come From God?
No, obviously not! A nightmare could be just a bit of undigested beef, stress, or health related issues.
Generally when I’m under more stress and not sleeping well I don’t give as much heed to the dreams I have. They are usually more fragmented and difficult to understand.
The clear, easy to remember, or repetitive dreams are the ones I especially pay attention to look at their meaning. Sometimes they lead to learning new information that I may not know how to use yet. Life is like a puzzle that way where we learn and eventually put assorted pieces together for a clearer picture.
I suggest more do come from God, or could if we believed in the possibility, than we give credit.
Going Deeper Into Dream Meaning and Interpretation
We’ll be discussing dream symbolism and review some captivating books in future posts.