Dream: I am in a small group of people at a stadium like event. Each of us are taking turns wearing a gown. When she puts this blue velvet and white chiffon gown, the woman wearing it is lifted in the air. I think she is flying. It turns out she is being carried around the room on the upraised arms of the crowd, moshpit style.
You might think, “oh, fun” this could be an entirely good thing. However, it seemed that whoever wore the gown became cannibalistic and would pick off people to eat. My turn came, and I could not believe how wonderful it felt. It truly did feel like flying. I went two circles around the stadium in the air.
I stated in a previous blog, dream interpretation can be like putting together a pearl bracelet. Each detail an element significant to the interpretation of the dream. Like the colour blue of the dress will mean something. You take each piece and look at its meaning individually before stringing it into a cohesive, meaningful understanding.
In this dream I see these symbols that I would research: blue, dress, white, chiffon, flying, camera. I would look for correlations like the fact that when a person wore the gown they became cannibalistic, and what happened when I put on the gown.
Sometimes, what is most important about a dream will not be the details but what you will hear in a whisper in your spirit as soon as you sit down to record it. I will tell you the first thing that came to mind when I sat down to write this dream.
John 5: 41 I do not receive glory from men; 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
43 I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God”
I instantly thought of the crowds in my dream. They were raising us up on their uplifted arms. The meaning seemed to leap out at me. It was a symbol of receiving ‘glory’. Contemporary synonyms for glory are honour, praise, good opinion or judgment.
When we glorify men, we do not believe God. How is that? When we FEED off the worship, attention, opinion of others we do not believe in God as our source of fulfillment.
He was also telling the religious people of the day that because they had a system of who they should ‘glorify’ or value, they could not recognize Him as coming from God, because He did not fit inside their box.
When the church has a culture of valuing men too highly, we do what is called recognizing people after the flesh and not the spirit. We also become cannibalistic in taking turns of receiving ‘glory’ We get angry and jealous when other people are promoted. This is the crux of the problem.
Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
If we had a culture where we believed in God as the source of everyone’s worth we might not be so tempted by pride and jealousy and strife, the very definition of an antonym for servanthood as prescribed in the previous reference.
Corinthians 3:3 for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men when you receive glory from one another?
Paul goes on to talk about different ‘cliques’ believing they should exalt Paul or Peter and his response is NEITHER, “So, then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is, but God who causes the growth.”
James 3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
So then, let us not think of people as worthy of praise and respect, or as a ‘nobody’.
Let us love others, and give glory only to One.
The One who creates such beautiful beings of all of us.