So, you have had a dream. You know it is from God, and you have identified what each person in the dream represents, but where do you go from there?
Well, God has also included in the dream many symbols each of which indicates as to the meaning of the dream. If you look at the dreams that are recorded in the Bible, you will see that many contain symbolism. Joseph had a dream of stars, and they represented his family who would all become important figures, the 12 tribes of Israel. Pharaoh dreamt of cows and grain, which represented the various harvests.
So, each item in your dream holds meaning. There are several ways to understand the meaning of these symbols. One reliable way is to take what they mean in scripture. For example, arrows can be taken to mean your spiritual children (Psalm 127:3-4) or words (Psalm 64:3 and Proverbs 25:18) depending upon the context of the dream.
Another is to consider what that item represents to you. For example, many people love dogs and even call them “man’s best friend,” so having a dog in their dream could be a very positive element, something that represents loyalty, or companionship etc. However, I do not like dogs. Therefore when I see a dog in my dream, I know that it is a negative element, and something to be very wary of. It serves as a warning to me about the events of the dream.
To understand your dreams, you need to become familiar with what symbols mean to you. It is, in a way, creating your own “list” or “dictionary” of meanings. You will find that God will use similar symbolism throughout your dreams so that you can understand what He is saying. For example, I once had a dream in which there were pencil cases. It seemed a fairly significant element of the dream and yet I was not sure what it meant or how to apply it to the context of the dream. After praying about it and taking the dream to God, He gave me several more dreams in which there were pencil cases. Seeing this repeated symbol in different dreams helped to clarify its meaning for me.
A word of warning, do not become over-reliant on symbols. The “answer” to a dream is not merely the connection of a stream of symbols. There is much more to it, but I will talk more about that in another blog.
Timothy, author and friend of God, shares out of a place of daily walking face-to-face with the Lord, encountering both the angelic and the saints of old, seeing and understanding things from a heavenly perspective.