In my last post entitled. God is Speaking.......Are You Listening? I introduced the many ways that God speaks to us. One of those ways is through dreams and visions. Examples can be found throughout scripture of God using dreams and visions to communicate with people.
Joseph was hated by his brothers we read in Genesis 37 because of his dreams. He later interpreted the Egyptian king's dream and became second in command of the whole kingdom. He was able to see into the future and save his people as well as the Egyptians. God spoke to Joseph through dreams.
Years later, Daniel also was promoted to second in command by the king of Babylon and was known for his excellent spirit and knowledge and understanding and interpreting of dreams. Daniel 5:12
Joel's prophecy in Joel 2:28, tells us that the Holy Spirit would be manifest in that your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. This pouring out of the Holy Spirit took place on the Day of Pentecost as seen in Acts 2. So we can assume that God will speak to us in dreams.
In Matthew chapters 1 & 2 we read that the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife because the child she was carrying was of the Holy Spirit. And then later after Jesus' birth the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph again in a dream to warn him to take the child to Egypt because Herod was seeking him to kill him.
On his second missionary journey the apostle Paul had a vision in the night which must have been like a dream. A man from Macedonia appeared to him, asking him to come over here. You can read about this vision in Acts 16:9. Dreams and visions are one of the ways that God speaks to us. In the case of Paul, God was leading him in the direction that he would have him go.
Was God speaking to me when I awoke that morning with the memory of a dream still lingering in my mind? Maybe. Perhaps the point of my dream is to remind us that there are people all around us who think that the idea of God speaking to them is crazy; people who need to know that there is a God in heaven who loves them more than they could ever imagine. Maybe you or someone you know feels out of control and needs desperately for God to pick them up and cradle them in his arms and care for them. God is speaking through dreams and visions, but are we listening?