Do you believe that God could speak to you through your dreams? Throughout both Old and New Testaments, there are examples of Him conveying His guidance to people in this way. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What’s more, He is a God who delights in communicating with us. I believe that the topic of dreams is one that has been underemphasized… and that Daddy God just might have some vitally important messages to give you as you sleep.
Let’s take a look at today’s verse. “And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness—secret riches.” Today, as I was on my way home, Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about this Scripture. He pointed out that His communication to us through our dreams fits into this category: “treasures hidden in the darkness.” It’s dark while you’re asleep, right? We can conclude, then, that He deposits these treasures into your spirit, literally in the darkness.
However, there’s more here. “Darkness” is also symbolic; it speaks of mystery. When it’s dark, you have to peer closely to be able to see anything. You have to make an exerted effort with your eyes. This reminds me of what it’s like when I wake up in the morning, remembering a dream. I have to “peer” closely at my memory banks to capture the details of what I dreamed. Usually dreams have an ephemeral quality to them. The scenes that you “saw” as you slept often seem hazy in your perception. You have to make the extra effort to focus in on what they were. When you do so, the particulars start coming back to you.
The fleeting nature of dreams also means that if you don’t capture them, they soon tend to “evaporate.” For this reason, I pay close attention to my dreams, immediately. When, upon waking, I have a sense that my dream was from God, I lean into it. I avoid grabbing my phone and allowing the day’s busyness to rush over my senses. Instead, I keep my eyes closed and focus on remembering the dream sequence and details. I don’t move, until I have replayed in my mind everything that I am able to recall about them.
I have found that the more you practice this, the more you come to remember. I now remember much more of my dreams than I did when I started this practice. It’s like working out a muscle. Your power of dream recall will grow, as you exercise it.
Why do I do this? Because I understand that my God-given dreams are “secret riches.” Often, they are enigmatic and hard to understand at first. Daddy loves to speak to us through parables, and our dreams are no exception. They are frequently like puzzles, or riddles to solve. One of my daughters said to me recently, “I wish God would speak more directly.” I bet we all wish that sometimes! However, He takes great delight in our willingness to search out His mysteries. This demonstrates to the Lord that we are hungry for more of Him.
And I am hungry! So, after I finish intentionally remembering my dream, I either immediately make a voice recording of it, or write it in my dream journal. I have a journal dedicated exclusively to the dreams that God gives me. I used to add my dreams to my general journal. However, a couple years ago, Holy Spirit led me to start a separate journal for them. As soon as I did that, I started getting more dreams from Him. He rewards obedience, and He rewards hunger!
So if you haven’t already, why don’t you give it a try? Next time you have a dream that you suspect might be from Him, start with the basics. Take the time needed to focus in on remembering it, and then make a record of it. If you stick with it, I promise, you will not be sorry.
I’ll write again soon with more thoughts on this subject. Stay tuned!
Have you had dreams that seemed like they might be significant? Do you write your dreams down?