“And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”
(Matthew 2:12 NIV)
I watched a Netflix documentary on the human brain. The first episode was about memories. Although somewhat useful, I was more interested in episode #2 – Dreams.
Dreams have always fascinated me. They reflect the goings-on in the dreamer’s life: the struggles, the joys, and the hopes. The other night I dreamed that Jeff and I were flying our home, which was a tent, from town to town. The next night I dreamed I was in a musical dance routine on my grandmother’s dock. My sister, Sandy, said she dreams often about bodies of water, as do I.
Perhaps dreams are like a computer data-dump, an outlet for minds to sift out the good from the bad. They skim fluff off the top of our thoughts so we can wake up to a clearer reality.
As an accountant for the Coca-Cola company in the 1980’s I punched cards for computer programs. My color-coded cards were carefully inserted into a deck of previously punched program cards. The new cards updated reports of fixed assets, accounts payable and receivable. I also ran a weekly data-dump program to clean out information no longer needed.
Awake, our brains constantly spark thoughts, trigger memories, and store new data. This cerebral activity continues while we sleep and generates dreams, remembered or not.
The quote “Divine guidance comes to prepared hearts,” is penciled in my Bible above Matthew 2:12. The wise men were guided because they were prepared. When I wake in the morning and remember a dream, I ask God, “What do you want me to learn from this dream?”
I welcome all dreams and lessons learned from the Creator. I hope you will, too!