Four reasons why bible-based dream interpretation can be fun – in the context of a relationship with God.
Dream interpretation undoubtedly takes some time and effort. So maybe you are wondering whether it’s worth it? Are there some positive benefits along the way?
I have found that dream interpretation can be rewarding – and even fun! Read on to find out why.
I approach dream interpretation from a biblical perspective. My belief is that our dreams can come from God, and understanding them is best understood within the context of an ongoing relationship with Him.
If you have just come across this post and are new to dream interpretation, it is worth mentioning that dreams are symbolic in nature. You might find it helpful to read Understand your dreams: A bible-based introduction to dream language and my 3 step dream interpretation method to give you a foundation.
Dream interpretation can be fun
I have been interpreting dreams for more than 15 years in the context of my relationship with God, and in previous articles I have likened the process to climbing a mountain: There are some times of hard graft, but also some wonderful moments that make the climb worthwhile.
The truth is that dream interpretation takes perseverance; it is a skill that needs to be honed over time – with the help of the Holy Spirit. There will be times when nothing seems to make sense and you will feel like giving up.
But there are some fantastic positives too! I often find myself laughing when I realise what a dream means – or a certain symbol, and it is rewarding when your relationship with God deepens as a result.
I have written this article to focus on the fun aspects of dream interpretation – and to inspire you to pause occasionally and enjoy them.
Make sure to pause occasionally and enjoy the fun aspects of the journey!
4 REASONS WHY DREAMS ARE FUN
1. Dreams are like puzzles to solve
I am continually astounded by how God shows up and confirms things He is speaking to me about. For example, consider what happened to me while I was writing this article:
I had been and thinking about how interpreting dreams is a bit like solving puzzles. Then I remembered how my parents loved doing the Telegraph crossword (the cryptic one) and thought I might take a photo of one to use in this blog post.
I arrived at their house, and this is my photo of what they had open on the kitchen table:
They had only filled in one clue, and the answer was … ‘DREAMS’! The clue (6 across) even says, “Daughter has lots.” I am their daughter and I have lots of dreams; in fact, that’s what my blog is all about! I couldn’t have planned a more appropriate example, even if I’d tried.
The crossword puzzle explained
The Telegraph cryptic crossword is more than just a simple crossword: You have to think creatively to find the answer. Let’s take the example in the above picture:
- The clue: Fantasies? Daughter has lots
- The answer: DREAMS
The word ‘fantasies’ tells us the straightforward meaning of the answer: The word ‘dreams‘ can also mean ‘fantasies’.
The rest of the clue is more cryptic: The first letter of the the word ‘daughter’ gives us the letter D. The next part of the clue, ‘has’, tells us that we need to add something else to this. The final part of the clue, ‘lots’, gives us the word ‘REAMS’ (‘reams’ means ‘lots’). So, when we put them together, D + REAMS equates to ‘daughter has lots’.
- Fantasies = DREAMS
- Daughter has lots = D+REAMS
So that was a nice example of what I’m talking about. Did you get it straight away, or did you have to puzzle over it for a while?
The reason dreams are like this crossword is that the language is metaphorical, like in parables, and needs interpreting. And just like that crossword clue, there are often several parts to a dream that say the same thing in different ways, and when you see how they fit together the meaning becomes clear.
Interpreting dreams can feel much like solving a puzzle.
It takes practice and experience to be able to unravel the dream symbols and identify which part of our lives they are about. It feels much like solving a puzzle.
I love cryptic crosswords, and I love this aspect of dreams. So, if you enjoy doing a crossword or other types of puzzles you will enjoy solving dreams too!
2. Dreams give us ‘light bulb’ moments
Going back to the crossword clue above: When you saw the answer, did you get a glorious feeling, as though you ‘knew-that-you-knew’ that the answer was right? Did you have an ‘a-ha’ moment when you understood how the answer fitted the clue? That is the beauty of the cryptic-style crossword.
The wonderful thing about dreams is there there is a similar feeling when we hit upon the right interpretation. There is a sense of elation, or ‘rightness’. This is secretly the main reason that I enjoy dreams. I am addicted to that moment!! It feels as though I have just solved a puzzle that someone has set for me.
“I am addicted to that ‘a-ha’ moment of understanding.”
I believe that someone really is sending us these dream puzzles to unravel. This is the key to my enjoyment of the process. I have become convinced that our Creator God crafts these dream messages for us night after night.
As a follower of Jesus, I have found that listening to Him can often be very subjective, like a more simple crossword, where there could be a number of potential answers to any given clue. But with dreams, there comes a moment when I ‘know-that-I-know’ that I have heard from God, because all the parts of the dream add up into a glorious picture.
When I cross-match this with other dreams I have had and the other ways God has been speaking to me, I have that ‘a-ha’ moment of understanding – that confidence that I have heard God correctly. The elation of that moment is worth it all.
When dream meanings fall into place, it gives us confidence that we have heard God correctly – and it feels good!
More about moments of understanding…
3. Dreams contain puns, riddles and wordplay
Another reason I find dreams fun is that God uses puns, riddles and wordplay to get His point across. It’s a bit like ‘dad’ jokes. Some of you will know what that means (if you don’t, you’re lucky that you haven’t had to endure them!). Essentially, these involve rather corny plays on words.
Dad joke: A wholesome joke of the type said to be told by fathers with a punchline that is often an obvious or predictable pun or play on words and usually judged to be endearingly corny or unfunny.Merriam-Webster dictionary
The easiest way to spot these in dreams is to write the dream down, and then try to detach yourself from the actual object in the dream. Rather, listen to what the word sounds like when you say it out loud, and then consider whether it sounds like a similar word.
Here are a few examples from my own dreams so you can see what I mean:
- I saw a bee. It turned out to be a word play on the word ‘be’, as in ‘be still and know that I am God’. God was telling me just to ‘be’ and rest in Him at that moment.
- I stuck a post-it note on a wall. It turned out to represent ‘posting’ something on Facebook (my social media ‘wall’).
- My sons were playing on the grounds/site of a school. It turned out to be about the time I was spending on my website – or ‘site’.
- There was a doctor called Dr Reigner. He represented God as someone who reigns, as in ‘reign-er’.
- A lady dreamed she was given a tea bag. This linked to a verse in Hebrews (as in ‘he brews tea’). This was a particularly corny one that seeemd dubious, but this meaning was confirmed to the dreamer in a couple of ways as being the correct interpretation!
- I was doing the hokey cokey (a child’s game/song). This indicated that everything would be OK in the end (hokey cokey is slang language for OK).
I think the comedian Tim Vine is the king of these type of word-play and double-meaning jokes. I can’t demonstrate them as well as he can, so I’ve included a YouTube link so you can see for yourself:
I hope watching that clip lifted your spirits – my son just came in to find out why I was laughing so much! Dreams have the same effect on me in those moments when I realise what they mean. I usually groan, but I also love it!
Dream interpretations sometimes make me groan – but I also love it!
So, to conclude this point, it may surprise you to find out that there are many examples of riddles and word-plays in the bible. I have devoted a separate article to looking at how they can help us with dream interpretation.
But maybe English is not your first language, or you don’t appreciate ‘dad’ jokes?
Don’t worry! The great thing is that God knows you too! He knows your sense of humour, and He knows how to make you laugh. You just need to be willing to engage in the sense of fun!
4. Dreams are an enjoyable conversation
For me, this is the whole point of this article – and what I have been leading up to: Dreams are a conversation, and the person I am having it with is great fun!
Dreams are a conversation, and the person I am having it with is great fun!
Dreams are an integral part of my relationship with God. I sit down every morning with my thoughts turned towards Him and my journal in hand. If I have had a dream we look at it ‘together’, and discuss the meaning.
Obviously He knows the meaning and I don’t, but that’s all part of the game! My job is to listen to Him, and try and figure out the answer to this puzzle He has set me.
As I pray through my dream journal, He seems to step out from the page and I can feel him laughing – not at me, but with me! The image that comes to mind is of two friends enjoying a good joke together. The God who speaks through dreams has a sense of humour. He knows each if us personally – and He loves to share that relationship with us!
There is nothing more rewarding than spending time with our good, kind, loving, and funny Creator God – and that connection can be facilitated through the dreams He gives us.
Real dream example
This is a dream I had early on in my interpretation days. It captures the spirit of what dreams are like for me, and the attitude I take as I try to understand them:
Dream: Searching for clues
I was in a room like a study in a university . In the dream I was a student there along with one of my very good friends.
We had been set some sort of quest or treasure hunt; some clues had been hidden behind pictures on the wall. Some other clues had been written on paper that needed unravelling, and there were puzzles to solve.
The dream ended with a sense of us having fun.
- Being a student: The setting of the dream told me the context: that it was about something I was meant to be learning. I had just started learning about dream interpretation at the time, so I could relate the dream to that part of my life.
- My friend: This particular friend in the dream was the embodiment of life and good fun, indicating the attitude I should take to the whole dream learning experience.
- The clues: These indicated some of the methods I would need to learn in order to understand my dreams. Some meanings would be found in the metaphorical language (‘behind pictures‘). Some things would need a bit of ‘unravelling’ in order to understand them.
This dream was encouraging me to apply myself to learning to understand dreams – to treat it like a fun treasure hunt with symbols and pictures to interpret, and clues to unravel.
We have seen how it takes dedication to learn the language of dreams, so it is important to keep sight of the fun aspect of the journey.
There is an aspect of needing to persist and put some effort into it. But it is also possible to enjoy the process a great deal. This mainly because we are getting to know a real person – and that ‘person’ is the loving, kind, and funny Creator of the Universe!
Every morning we can engage in this wonderful relationship – and seek out the messages in the dreams He gives us. He sets us riddles, wordplays, and other clues to unravel. Who needs Sudoku or Cryptic Crosswords when He is setting us dream puzzles to solve every day?
Who needs Sudoku or Cryptic Crosswords when our Creator is setting us dream puzzles to solve every day?
If you haven’t thought about dream interpretation as being a way of relating with God, why not put the idea to the test, and try talking to Him about a dream right now? Maybe you’ll get that sudden feeling of sharing a joke with someone. That kind of moment is worth all the effort.
So, finally… I hope you have caught that sense of fun, and feel encouraged to press on and learn some more about dreams!
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