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Directional Dreams

Dreams are awesome!  I never paid much attention to them until I had a life-changing dream–or night vision?–several years ago.  I saw the phrase “Kindle & Kindness” lit up against a dark background.  The letters were large and outlined in tiny white lights like the  title of a film on the marquee of a theater.  But the letters were not typed.  They were written in cursive.

Wondering what the phrase meant, I “googled” it.   Nothing definitive came up.  A few weeks later, I tried a different search engine and found a Website with the phrase “Kindle & Kindness.”  Up to that point, I don’t think I knew what a Kindle device was.  I had seen the  icon on Amazon off to the side while looking for other items.

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, ...

English: The second generation Amazon Kindle, showing the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My unpublished novel was gathering dust.  So I took the dream to mean that I should publish it on Kindle.  I bought a Kindle and consulted Joshua Tallent of e Book Architects.  His group formatted the book for me so that I could upload it on Kindle and Nook.

For a while, I was more focused on the book than the dream or where it came from,  That was a mistake.  The real story is about a closer relationship with God.  My interest in dreams led me to John Paul Jackson’s Website.  John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter.  His insights have given me a deeper, Biblical-based understanding of dreams and visions.

I knew that dreams and visions are in the Bible, but I never thought of them as having significance today.  John Paul Jackson points to Job 33: 14-16.  “Indeed God speaks once, or twice, yet no one notices it.  In a dream, a vision of the night when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber on their beds, then He opens the ears of men and seals their instructions” (NASB).

Not every dream comes from God.  That’s for sure.  Dreams fall into different categories and come from different sources: the flesh, the mind, God, and the demonic realm.  While dreams are one of the ways that God speaks to us, He speaks primarily through His Word.  If you think God has spoken to you in a dream, make sure that the dream doesn’t conflict with the Bible.  God will never direct you to something that contradicts His Word.

A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is more important than anything in the world.  Books, inventions, and projects will come and go, but a personal relationship with the God of the universe lasts forever.

“Dreaming” Up Fiction

Lion - Louisville Zoo

Lion – Louisville Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

English: A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What do you do when you can’t think of a story to write?  Consider your dreams. Dreams are stranger than fiction, and mine are no exception.  Some could be turned into short stories.  Others are so weird they are hard to relate much less explain.

For example, last week I dreamed that Marlon Brando (who looked a bit like Tom Selleck) was sitting in a big oven and a small lion with a mane was sitting behind him.  Neither seemed uncomfortable.  The door to the oven was open, so I asked Marlon Brando for his address.  Then a lime-green, five-pointed star flashed in front of me and I woke up.  Try turning that into a short story!

I always keep pen and paper by the bedside, so that when I wake up, I can record my dream before I forget it.  I try to recall if the dream was  in black and white, sepia, full color, or partial color.  Who was in the dream?  What was the theme?  Then I choose a title.

To find a title for my Marlon Brando dream, I’ll take a cue from C.S. Lewis and “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.”  I’ll call it “The Lion, the Actor, the Oven, and the Lime-Green Star.”  How’s that for originality?

To learn all about dreams, consider John Paul Jackson’s CD “Understanding Dreams & Visions” and his weekly TV/Internet program “Dreams & Mysteries.”  John Paul Jackson is a Christian dream interpreter whose insights are priceless.