Sitting on the couch, visiting my parents, the phone was about to ring. The children and adults were all exactly where they had been in that months' past (or was it only days?) dream. That heart clenching feeling in my chest and a mouth void of moisture had me acting outwardly composed...but anxious about what was to come. I knew it would be my mother-in-law on the phone and I knew she had bad news because that's how the dream went. But it ended when I woke up. I couldn't remember what the awful news had been. In real life, it was just a regular phone call. Life continued and whatever had turned bad in my dream never happened.
Those not-so-nice moments catch me off guard and take awhile to try to forget. No one else is bothered by it because they have no idea you knew it was about to happen... even if "it" doesn't end the way you dreamed it would.
That's not to say that all deja vu moments from dreams leave a bad taste. Often times, you are just living every day life when you suddenly know what is going to happen next. Sometimes it's fun to live in events you know will happen as they unfold. Then, the moment passes and you are left trying to remember just how long ago it was that you *knew* this would occur. Interesting how our minds and subconscious work.
Last night I dreamed that someone close to us died in a boating accident. It was so real and I woke up sick. It's those dreams that can haunt you. You know the person, the event, but not the time. Not real though...just a dream. But, when is a dream just a dream and when is it something your mind will pull up again in said moment of its occurance? Is it a reflection of past or future events?
My brother-in-law was killed in a car accident over 10 years ago. Is this newest dream a memory put into a new situation with a different person? So many questions with no real answers. Tell you what though.. It sure puts a bee in your bonnet about the urgency to tell those you love about the salvation that only Jesus offers.
Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord."
Romans 10:9-10 "If you declare with your mouth 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved."
So, why dream dreams that come true... but not always all the way true? Maybe it's a reflection of what could have happened if someone in the stream of living had made a different choice on any particular day. How often are we in a hurry and red light after red light blocks our path to get somewhere we need to be by a set time? Physical red lights or metaphorical red lights. When that happens to me, I may feel a moment of frustration, but I always consider that God was either protecting us from something or moving us through to where we needed to be (for our benefit or that of someone else).
God knows the plans He has for us. We just need to KNOW that; reflect on it daily and give our dreams (plans) to Him so He can mold them into where He wants us to go ~ who He wants us to be.
Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope."