I dream every night, and even in an occasional daytime nap, a little dream will edge its way in. My dreams seem to be products of a kitchen blender; a combination of past life experiences, people I know now or have known, items of the daily news broadcasts, and the script of the last movie I saw! The results are dramatic and vivid, often confusing and sometimes frightening, waking me up feeling baffled and amused. Fortunately, the dreams are quickly forgotten, and I understand that dreaming is essential for mental health.
My oddball dreams are far different from those spoken of by the apostle Peter in Acts 2:16-17: “And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men dream dreams.” (ESV) Peter knew that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel 2:28-32, and that the signs, wonders and speaking in a multitude of languages prepared the people of the early church for the moving of God’s Spirit. In Old Testament times, God’s Spirit filled certain people for a specific purpose. Under the New Covenant, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is for all who call on the name of the Lord. With this supernatural supply, anyone who is willing to lift up and say the name of Jesus receives the Spirit, young or old, men or women. It enables Christians to show His unconditional love, to offer mercy instead of judgment, to have a humble heart and not a proud one, and show compassion rather than insistence on the letter of the Law.
My dreams are a mix-up of my life experiences without power to do anything, except wake me up! The dreams of God empower His people to do the impossible and change the world, just as the people of Pentecost changed their world. As our world is shaken by pandemic, uncertainty, and racial unrest, pray for God’s dreams and visions for His people, to reach out showing God’s love, mercy and compassion.
Prayer: Saviour, Thy work revive: Here may we see those who are dead quickened by Thee; come to our hearts to-night, make every burden light, cheer Thou our waiting sight; we long for Thee (F.J. Crosby, 1823-1915) Fill us with your dreams, Holy Spirit, enabling us to reach our world with the love of Jesus. Amen.