Loss of Reality (Dreams) – Blue

Posted on: March 14, 2010

Note: This photo is ‘stretched’ lengthwise. I was going to fix it, but then I realised, it ties in well with the theme of this post! Unreality….

It seems to me, the more stressful and difficult our lives are, the more intensely we dream.  At least that has been my experience!  It’s as if our minds cannot stand too much reality – and escapist night-time dreams become more vivid, the more we cannot cope well with our ordinary lives.

At one extreme, drugs bring a short holiday from reality.  The need to find a way out of everyday pressures leads to an alternative reality being sought.  Pain is numbed and the world of the ‘drugs high’ becomes the person’s reality, for a short time.  Later a horrendous price is paid.

God communicates to people in dreams, from time to time – for instance, in the Bible, we read about how God told Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus, that Mary was not pregnant by another man, but with the Son of God.  He told him the next step in his life (and his family’s).  I’ve also heard of people hearing from God in dreams, in contemporary times – receiving something  like a vision or a ‘word of knowledge’, but in the form of a night-time dream.  In countries that are closed to the Gospel, people have had dreams about Jesus, which have prompted them to give their lives to the Lord.  This was the first they had heard of Christianity.

Then there’s the dreams for our own futures that we form in our minds, consciously – ‘castles in the air’, these used to be called.  ‘I have a dream’ is probably the most famous speech ever made – Martin Luther King’s vision of a future of racial harmony.

I often wonder how much reality we are meant to take on board, on a daily basis.  If we saw what we were really like inside, as God sees us, I don’t think we would survive.  As light grows in our lives, as we grow in God, sometimes the view in the mirror can be difficult for our pride to swallow. 

But keeping pace with this less-and-less rose-tinted view of ourselves, should be an increasing grasp of how deeply God loves and accepts us.  That way, as our perception of reality grows ever sharper, we are stronger and better able to live with it.

I think there is a place for occasional escapism – eg light-hearted films, TV and novels  – as long as these things are a ‘safety valve’ rather than the main channel of the flow of our lives.  And even although God’s light brings reality to us, thankfully God does not reveal the same things to all of us.  There are things we will never know about ourselves, possibly, and certainly about other people and situations.  I’m very thankful that God is so selective about the things He reveals to me!

I am never quite sure how much reality I am supposed to walk in, at any one time.  Looking back, I am grateful for some of the illusions God allowed me to walk in – for a season.  Perhaps Heaven will be a place where people and reality will be a perfect match – reality in all its aspects will be something we can embrace fully, without flaws and sinfulness causing us to flinch, or to escape into a dream.


1 Response to "Loss of Reality (Dreams) – Blue"

What a great post! Loved reading it. (I found you through Gate Church International. )

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