I dream strange dreams. The past few nights, those dreams have exploded into Dalinian splashes of interposed visuals and foley-art sounds. God has not given me the gift of dream interpretation à la Joseph, but I know that when I’m trying to save my sister, who was trapped in Charlie Sheen’s body, from a giant ant with the head of Macaulay Culkin, and my only weapon is a skewer given to me by Jennifer Grey dancing a polka… that’s weird. What’s weirder is that many of my dreams have come true (I’m currently keeping a look out for arthropods who starred in Home Alone).
Those dreams that have come true include: tripping and falling at my grad school graduation, my grandmother dying, my grandfather dying…. well, you get the picture, and it’s rather bleak. Last week, I had a good dream, and except for the fact that I was in it, the dream had nothing to do with me.
In the dream, I attended a friend’s wedding, which began with a flame-breathing circus act, performed by him to distract his guests so his bride-to-be could make her way out of the building to the ceremony. Then, as a group, we paraded down to a lush, green garden full of flowers and watched the happy couple say “I do.” Finally, we danced until the soles of my shoes wore through. The dream was so vivid and so real, I had to write to my friend in the morning and tell him what I’d seen.
For God does speak – now one way, now another – though no one perceives it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on people, as they slumber in their beds, he may speak in their ears – Job 33:14-16
Again, my dream was quite brilliant, visually. Which brought me to the question, do the blind dream? That question isn’t terribly clever of me; I’m sure you’ve asked it yourself.
Yes, they do, and this study, by Hurovitz et al, suggests that blind people even dream in picture, just not as often as sighted people do. As in waking, their other senses create the dream world. However, usually those who were born blind or became so early in life, do not dream visually. If they have some experience in the sighted world, their likelihood of dreaming with their vision improves.
I challenge you to dream striking dreams. Dream the dreams that feature you and some that don’t. Dream for yourself – brilliant dreams alive with color and sound and dream dreams for children and friends and family. Dream of what can happen when a Church stops having to make appeals for money, but is flush with giving out of the overflow of the congregation’s heart. Dream a dream because you’ve seen it, because you’ve heard it, because you’ve nearly touched it and tasted it and smelled that dream.
Most of all – in order to dream in color, you must have some experience with vision.
What is the weirdest dream you have ever had? Have you ever had a prophetic dream? Can you interpret my dream?