Everyone dreams. Not everyone remembers what they dream, but according to scientific studies, we all dream.
Wikipedia describes dreaming in this way: “The average person has three to five dreams per night, and some may have up to seven; however, most dreams are immediately or quickly forgotten. Dreams tend to last longer as the night progresses. During a full eight-hour night sleep, most dreams occur in the typical two hours of REM.”
I certainly do not remember dreams each night after I fall asleep. I certainly don’t remember seven per night. Sometimes I will remember a fragment of a dream as I am waking, but it fades and I may forget it completely before I’m wide awake, or perhaps only have a fragment left to remember. But occasionally, there is a dream that is so vivid, it seems as if it means something and as if I need to pay attention to it.
The Bible is full of references to dreams. Sometimes God spoke to men through dreams with a specific instruction or a warning about what they should or shouldn’t do in a specific situation. There are accounts where angels appeared in dreams speaking heavenly messages. At other times dreams were very symbolic and in need of interpretation by someone gifted by God with the ability to make the meaning of a dream clear. At times dreams were prophetic in that they revealed something that would come in the future.
I have had crazy dreams that were nonsense as well as important dreams that were not. At times it is hard to tell the difference.
I started having dreams many weeks ago about blizzards. At first, I thought perhaps I had kicked the covers off and got cold in the night. But the dreams of snow and blizzard have continued and passed into waking moments as well.
In one dream, I saw myself walking through the snowfall in bitter cold wearing a nightgown and having a raggedy blanket wrapped around my shoulders. I was trying to get somewhere (I think to check on my parents.) I had no socks or shoes on my feet and was walking barefoot through the snow. Even in the dream, I realized I was dreaming and the thought hit me that it was a very bad dream to be having and must be important to remember.
Whether it was a dream about coming events in my own life or to my loved ones, or whether it was a vision of actual blizzards ahead this winter, I do not know. If it was a bigger warning than just my immediate family, then perhaps there is a message of preparation for this region.
It would be a good idea to stock in some extra groceries that don’t have to be cooked if the power went out for several days. If no bad weather comes, the food would still be usable in spring and summer. It is always a good idea to have extra water stored up in case of an emergency. A flashlight and batteries for each member of the household is also a great idea.
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