A Dream, a Life

Most mornings I wake up terribly depressed. This morning I woke up gloriously happy despite waking up from the following bizarre dream.

I was in Taiwan visiting some huge school along with pretty much everyone from Rose Creek Vllage. When we left, I was driving a bus and there were cars everywhere. I drove out the nearest exit hoping to get us near a highway, but we ended up in town. It was raining, and I could barely see. Even when I realized the windshield wipers were off and turned them on, I could still not see. Cars coming at us were passing into our lane, and I couldn’t go anywhere because there were cars parked in the right. I was constantly covering my eyes, expecting an accident, then finding we hadn’t hit anything, I was swerving left and right dodging cars, alternating with throwing my hands and feet up expecting a crash. It was crazy and frightening.

At one point I found a spot to pull over where no one was parked. I tried to look at the map, but suddenly I realized we were still moving. I looked back out the windshield, and we hadn’t even slowed down, yet miraculously we hadn’t hit anything.

Finally, we emerged from the city and the rain onto somewhat narrow but empty country road. The sun came out, my terror dissipated, and the peace of a beautiful, spring day settled upon us. I hollered back to the passengers, “Okay, now we can find out where we are.”

A friend hollered back, “Just keep going. We’re right on the path.”

I was puzzled. How could we be on the right path, I didn’t even know what direction we were going. I had just been trying to get away from the dangerous traffic. Then another friend told me, “Yep, this in the right road.”

Then I woke up, happy as a lark.

Somehow I think that is a real picture of my life.

About Paul Pavao

I am married, the father of six, and currently the grandfather of two. I run a business, live in a Christian community, teach, and I am learning to disciple others better than I have ever been able to before. I believe God has gifted me to restore proper foundations to the Christian faith. In order to ensure that I do not become a heretic, I read the early church fathers from the second and third centuries. They were around when all the churches founded by the apostles were in unity. I also try to stay honest and open. I argue and discuss these foundational doctrines with others to make sure my teaching really lines up with Scripture. I am encouraged by the fact that the several missionaries and pastors that I know well and admire as holy men love the things I teach. I hope you will be encouraged too. I am indeed tearing up old foundations created by tradition in order to re-establish the foundations found in Scripture and lived on by the churches during their 300 years of unity.
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8 Responses to A Dream, a Life

  1. Ed says:

    I love spiritual dreams. They say so much in pictures. The narrow road is obviously the narrow path. Easy.

    I see the bus as the spiritual vehicle that you are driving. You are influencing and leading many people. You feel the responsibility and it is pressure, crazy pressure. The fact that you are unsure of where you are or where you are going is adding to the pressure.

    The part where you pull off the road to get your bearings is a good and normal attempt to find your way. But, we must move by faith with peace. God is directing the bus. He has the map.

    Shammah, we trust you but most of all we trust God. We amen the fact that we are on the narrow path with you. It is a great adventure. We are on one of many buses as sojourners and aliens in a foreign land.

    We love you very much.

  2. paulfpavao says:

    Except for the part about vehicles, which is new to me, you interpreted this dream exactly the way I did.

    • Evan says:

      I think your dream was from the Lord Paul. A timely reminder meant for your encouragement (as well as for the rest of us) that “we walk by faith, not by sight” [2 Cor 5:7] which will be crucial in the days that lie ahead.

  3. Evan says:

    Sometimes in our dreams, vehicles such as cars, buses, boats, trains etc. are symbolic of the Holy Spirit. It’s imperative to remain in the bus and thus keep abiding in the Spirit and you and your passengers will arrive at the destination God has ordained for you irrespective of the hazards you see all around you. Keep pressing on as your faith is not based on what is seen but on what is unseen.

  4. Ruth says:

    now to retain this revelation. I hear this message I wish I heard it clearly. “In a glass darkly?”

    • paulfpavao says:

      Here’s my interpretation of it. Two things:

      1. We think we’re in control. We’re not.
      2. In all our inadequacies, weaknesses, forgetfulness, and even sin, the one who loves God and is called according to his purpose is predestined to be conformed to the image of God’s beloved Son. You will always look back and say, “How on earth did I end up on the right path?” God will answer, “It has nothing to do with earth.”

  5. Mitch says:

    Yup! “Just keep going. We’re right on the path.”

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