Today's Reading: Daniel 7-9
In the first year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in bed. Then he wrote down the dream.... Daniel 7:1 NRSV
Have you ever kept track of your dreams?
The best way to do it is to keep a notebook and pen right by your bedside. When you wake up from a dream, quickly write down what you remember. Even if you only wake up when the alarm goes off, if you begin to do this on a regular basis you will recall more and more of your dreams and will begin waking after each dream cycle. You will also have more "control" over what happens in your dreams.
Obviously, keeping track of dreams is not a modern thought!
Daniel writes down his dream or vision. I would imagine that he has been doing this for some time. The biggest difference is that his dreams seem to come directly from God. The visions that Daniel has are messages about what God is going to do in the world and many of them are quite horrific. In his dreams, Daniel has an angel guide to help with the interpretation.
For many of us, we have no one to help guide us or provide interpretation. We must do what we can to figure out what our dreams are trying to say and where God has sent any kind of message to us. Yet, dreams can be invaluable ways of listening to God; God does have our undivided attention when we sleep!
God, thank you for dreams. Help us to know when you speak to us in our dreams. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims