You… speak lying and misleading words to me until things take a turn. Daniel 2:1-16 The only way the King could be certain of the interpretation of his dream was if those who claim to be able to interpret the dream, could in fact first tell him the dream. If we believe that dreams are God’s way of connecting with us how can we expect others to interpret God’s meaning for us? The King’s request suddenly, doesn’t seem so unreasonable. In difficult situations we sometimes want people to tell us what we want to hear when what we really need is the truth. Thank you God for by your Word we are drawn into your truth and by your Word you help guide us away from deceits.
Dreams can be incredibly wild and at other times quite serene. From my own experience a consciousness at stress perhaps has a tendency to lead us into the wildest of dreams. While a consciousness at rest leads us into the more serene. How do we know which ones to hold on to? For me the ones in which my mother appears always gets my attention. She lived to encourage me and anyone she ever encountered. Even today, the Lord knows when I need intervention from the Host High (Sirach 34:1-8, 18-22), her spirit descends. As we celebrate All Saints this Sunday I am grateful for my mother’s presence still encouraging me today. Be encouraged. A consciousness at rest in the Lord always receives its reward.
How many storms must we go through before our faith breaks through and we are not concerned about what other people say about our weaknesses? If the truth be known, we are weak in various ways that all too often we are afraid to admit, because we fear that we will be scorned, rejected, or taken advantage of somehow. But that’s not what needs to happen, and normally it doesn’t. Rather, if we allow our faith in God to break through, God’s power will come to us and help us in the way that we need help. Most of the time that help comes in the way of changing our way of thinking, from a physical point of view to a spiritual one. Pauls’ letter to the Romans (12:2) encourages us that we should “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God…” Recently I had a dream about a previous event that caused great pain in my life. When I awoke for a moment I thought I was still in the dream. I looked around and realized that I was safe, but I also realized that the event would forever be like a thorn in my side, except without the fear, without the frustration, without the power it seem to have in my life. My weakness remains, as Paul’s thorn remained, but with God’s power inhabiting that weakness, he has turned it into his strength to do what I was meant to do and in fact need to do, that I may inherit the joy, the love, and indeed the very life, that God wants to bestow upon me. The dream served to remind me to depend on and have faith in God’s mercy and his grace. Understanding that this is very different from depending on one another, which as we all know can be risky, particularly since we are all imperfect in some way; the good news is that because of our relationship with Christ, God takes on that risk if we just allow him by our faith to be in control of our lives and we learn to forgive one another as God has forgiven us.