I was reading through the book of Daniel for the last few weeks (yes, it took me awhile!) and Daniel had some CRAZY dreams! In Daniel 8, after his dream of a ram & a goat & after the interpretation of it, this is what was said in verse 27: “I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.” Also, in Daniel 7:15, he says: “I, Daniel, was troubled in spirit, and the visions that passed through my mind disturbed me.” and in verse 28: “This is the end of the matter. I, Daniel, was deeply troubled by my thoughts, and my face turned pale, but I kept the matter to myself.”
Why am I saying all this? Because I feel a little like Daniel sometimes. Let me tell you why. I’ve always been one to have some crazy, wacky dreams. Now, they intensified when I was pregnant, but they are still pretty crazy when I’m not. A lot of the times these dreams are scary and I wake up thinking they are so real & many times will lay there crying. After getting married, my husband has been there for me in the middle of the night many times praying for me & holding me. He is such a comfort. But, back to the point. Since I am so sensitive to having these dreams, I have to be careful what I watch, read, or listen to sometimes. I think that God wants to use me by giving me HIS dreams, and I want my head to be clear of all evil so I can think on him & his goodness even while sleeping.
This past week, I posted about finding forgiveness & gaining a new mindset from God. It has been amazing to see how I react differently & how God has really changed me. But guess who’s NOT happy with that? You guessed it. The devil himself. So I think he was so upset that I had given my mind to God during the waking hours of the day that he decided to try to take back the nighttime hours. I hadn’t had really bad dreams for awhile, but last week I had 2 horrible realistic dreams concerning my children. (He knows right what to go for, doesn’t he?!) The only thing he wasn’t remembering was that while I am awake I react differently now. Instead of getting upset & dwelling on the dreams, I quoted 2 Timothy 1:7: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity (fear), but of power and love and discipline (sound mind).” (parantheses mine). And the 2nd night it happened I quoted Philippians 4:8: ” Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” I reacted differently! Isn’t it amazing how the power of God can change a person?
Since the night of the 2nd dream, Chris & I have been praying before we go to bed that God not only keeps my mind pure & away from bad dreams, but that I have godly dreams as well. I would love for God to speak to me at night as well as during the day.
Daniel was troubled & scared, and so was I. But we both “got up & went about the king’s business”. The devil isn’t going to get the best of me… day or night!