Nightmares. Where do they come from? Last night around 2 a.m. (which is actually early this morning I guess), I was awakened by my wife’s panicked sounds. She sounded like she was in pain.
Actually, she was having a nightmare. She was dreaming about being in a carport and was afraid someone was there. She claimed that she was not petrified but it simply sounded worse than it was. Regardless, her nightmare and my own sudden sickness guaranteed that I would have a sleepless night.
Nightmares are simply bad dreams. I am uncertain if they are caused by bad pizza, stress, strange movies, all of the above or none of the above. I have no idea the real cause but I do know they are not as much fun as dreams.
Scientifically, I am told most of us dream every night. But, we don’t remember many of our dreams the morning after. Dreams can be very strange and can move from good moments to bad within the same dream sequence. Weird!
On a different note, I think all of us should give ourselves permission to have “waking” dreams. In other words, we need to keep our visions or our dreams alive about the future we are hoping for. Last week, I gave myself that kind of permission to dream! I allowed those kinds of possibilities to come to my mind and heart. It was incredible how energizing it was to put those thoughts in words.
I am uncertain how many of those dreams will come true but I am excited about the possibilities. For instance, I am dreaming about our church becoming a community center! I am super psyched about this!
Dreaming is good for our souls! God wants us to dream and have visions for the future. Sure, they may not all come true exactly as we dream them. And yeah, life may sometimes throw some nightmares our way. But, don’t stop dreaming!