The curtain is drawn, and this is the final round. Now, which way are you going to choose? One path is filled with light, a strange magnetism, even the image of a white horse at the end. The other is dark, tangled, uncertain, and a mass of black crows are hovering over it with menacing authority. Which way? Time is almost up. Which way will you go? One might wonder: Is this choice like the one presented in Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken”? It is clearly about choices in life – going mainstream or going it alone, and yet this choice feels eternal, powerful, life-altering. It is more ambiguous and dangerous, and yet…..it is only in a dream.
Should We Listen To Our Dreams?
Frost was a man of unique vision. He saw both roads as the same, merging off of one another. Isn’t that like it is in real life? Often sin runs parallel to our road of integrity and salvation. Frost looked at the roads as lost opportunities, and that is pretty much what the poem is talking about, but for the sake of this blog we are putting it up against the significance of making choices. He regretted that he couldn’t travel both, and how many times have we looked longingly beyond the narrow road toward the easy and wide way? In the case of the dream (above), it is highlighting the importance of final destination. Both of these roads are clearly different – light and dark. Even Frost admits, when he considers the entirety of the journey, “Yet knowing how way leads on to way, / I doubted if I should ever come back” (line 14,15). Does our choice make all the difference? How many do we know personally who have chosen the dark road and have yet to find their way back?
So What Does It All Mean?
What if your dream consisted of these symbols? A friend of mine shared these thoughts with me recently and admitted that she had been presented with two choices in a dream very familiar to the one above. The setting was different, but the outcome was basically the same. What does it mean when we are given choices in a dream? Should we listen to our dreams when we know without a doubt that we are dealing with a spiritual dream?
The most definite answer is YES!
Here Are the 7 Basic Reasons To Listen To Our Dreams and Visions:
1. God Declared that He WOULD speak through dreams.
*Numbers 12 tells the five specific ways that God speaks.
2. God Declares that He DOES speak through dreams and visions.
*Hosea 12:10, “I have also spoken by the prophets., and have multiplied visions; I have given symbols (parables) through the witness of the prophets”
3. God Declares He WILL communicate in various ways including dreams and visions.
*Acts 2:17, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.”
4. God Declares that He will counsel us even in the night.
*Psalm 16:7 (Standard), “I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed my mind instructs me in the night.”
5. Dreams Call us to change.
*Job 33: 14-17, “For God may speak in one way or in another, yet man does not perceive it. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction. In order to turn man from his deed, and conceal pride from man,”
6. God does significant things through dreams and visions.
*Genesis 15:12-13,17-18 (Abraham’s covenant), “Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. Then He said to Abram: “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not their, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. . . And it came to pass, when the sun went down and it was dark, that behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed between those pieces. On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram. . .”
7. God grants supernatural gifts through dreams and visions.
*1 Kings 3:5, “At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?”
Once You Know It’s A Spiritual Dream – What Next?
Most dreams require something from us. When you are dealing with a Spiritual encounter it is because there is something that the LORD wants to communicate with you. So, what do we do when dreams call us to action? We pray. We learn to discern the difference in whether we are dealing with a spiritual dream or a soulish dream. We seek confirmation in HIS Word and Godly, and if possible, trusted counsel. As I spoke with my friend concerning her dream of “choice,” I was overwhelmed by the clear and precise warning. I knew, from my natural understanding, that she was in a difficult season, and with the message of the dream it was clear that the LORD was showing her that she had reached a place of decision. Just like the scripture in Joel where it says, “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision” (2:14). The dream was in exact alignment with her life and certain situations that she was facing. You may say, well, why didn’t the LORD just tell her? Of course, He most certainly could have, but how often do we really hear correction for our own life when we are right in the moment? A lot of times we set our “arguer” on high alert and rationalize why things are this way or that way. The LORD was graciously speaking into her inner man (bypassing that “arguer” that tries to say that we have it all together. You know which one I’m talking about? The one that always thinks we are okay even when things are tearing us apart), and HE was showing her how to handle certain situations, but also showing her that the choice lay within her own hands.
Does He Let Us Choose Our Own Path?
He is such a loving and wonderful God. He does not force us to take the road He sets before us. Instead, He allows us the free will to choose. It’s so beautiful, and it is also very scary. How often, as a teenager, did you think that you knew so much more than your parents? I have both hands in the air right now! I was the teenager that took those side roads and encountered obstacles, and traversed many pathways that were difficult and trying. I might have worked my way out of those messes into a better place, but I didn’t walk away unscathed. I came out with a few scars and battle wounds, consequences for my own actions, and some hurts that took many years to be healed. What if I had chosen the right way to begin with? Maybe things still wouldn’t have been easier, but perhaps, I would have found a lot less pain in the journey, right. Choices are so important! Think about your spiritual dream. What have you came up against lately? Have you ever found yourself wondering, “Am I doing the right thing?” or “Have I missed something, turned the wrong way, missed some important direction from the LORD?” Whatever it is, if the answers come through a dream, the Word, a prophetic utterance, or His still small voice whispering in your inner man, just ask for wisdom to know and discern and the strength and dedication to follow through. Ask for wisdom to adjust your focus, choose a different road, make a u-turn if needed, and get back on the right track. The Bible says ask and it shall be given. Be blessed!