A friend of mine use sleeping as a stress reliever. Whenever she’s faced with any difficult situation, she sleeps. Afterwards, she feels she’s ready to take on the world. For my sister, sleeping is a hobby. All her spare time is spent in la-la-land. How she does it, I don’t know, but she could sleep all day and all night if life permits. Myself, and half the normal people I know, sleep out of necessity. Regardless of the many reasons people sleep, one thing is common during all occasional slumber…Dreams.
Sleeping does wonders for the body and mind, but what’s even better, it host the most original and intriguing kind of free entertainment. Dreams! In the movie theaters of our minds, a wide array of involuntary and unpredictable motion pictures debut sporadically during sleep. The sad part–we don’t get to choose what or when we view. The bright side–we don’t spend a penny.
Who could ask for more?
Probably it’s the free entertainment that relaxes my friend, and keep my sister going back for more.
We close our eyes for a few minutes or hours, unsure of the show we’ll be seeing, or even if we’ll be seeing any show at all. Yet we can be sure when the curtains go up, we’re in for something different every time. The action could be drama, thriller/suspense, horror or even a love story. Some dreams are even shown in 3D, and the realness of it makes us feel as if we’re awake. When each scene jumps out at us as the images unfolds, hearts race as adrenaline pumps. It gets more exciting when we’re starring in the featured presentation. But sometimes it gets too exciting, then we wake up screaming…or drenched in sweat…or both.
There is something special about these spontaneous moving pictures occurring in our sleep that doesn’t happen anywhere else. Maybe it’s because sometimes bits of random scenes in these movies come alive. Have you ever seen a particular scenario unfold in real life and thought: “Hey, I’ve seen this in my dream!” Or maybe it’s because day-dreaming has nothing on the real thing. When we day-dream we choose the setting, characters, plot, and ending. Nothing is left up to chance. But with dreams, everything, from start to finish, is unforeseeable. At times, what’s showing doesn’t even make sense; it’s like little snippets of several unrelated films all combined in one.
We may not always enjoy the show, but then again, who consistently enjoy everything they’ve watched? Occasionally, we might be scared to go back to sleep since we fear an encore. Some of us, like Nebuchadnezzar, will then take extreme measures to interpret these dreams (Daniel 2:1-12). But just as how the astrologers and sorcerers couldn’t bring him any answers, neither will fortune-tellers or Google. Let’s view dreams as God’s random gifts of unexpected surprises. If He gives them to us, He’ll also give us the right interpretation at the right time. Until then, enjoy the show!