The Road of Faith (as revealed in a dream)

This dream seems to start at OCS (the school my daughter is currently attending). This is a Christian school.

I am not sure whether or not we — that would be my wife and I — dropped off our daughter at OCS or not, but it appears we are coming from OCS in the dream, driving along the road, and our goal at this point in the dream is to make our way to a theological school I attended back in 1988 and 1990. Now mind you, OCS is in Ottawa, and the other school — well, that school went by the initials OTS when I was there, which is not that far off from OCS — anyway, that school is in Toronto.

So here we have two schools at the outset, both of which are Christian, and their acronyms are not that far off, either. The one, OCS. The other OTS.

What is this dream about? It seems to be about schools. But in fact, I think it’s more likely that it’s about something overtly Christian. In the past, OTS has seemed to refer to heaven, at least that’s how it seems to have been used in the past in at least two of my dreams.

In the dream, we were coming from OCS, and heading to OTS. OCS is the “small school” — because it’s an elementary/middle school. But OTS is the “big school” — because it’s a theological school. In the dream, we were coming from OCS and we were heading to OTS — from the “small school” to the “big school”. I think the “small school” in this context represents the Christian life/faith on earth. And the “big school” in this context represents the Christian life/faith in heaven.

At one point, as we came to the point in the road where we naturally had to turn left (or so it seemed that left was the right way to go), I was somewhat hesitant and thought about getting out the GPS to aid us in our journey (note that we purchased two GPSs and both were cheaply made and broke, so we currently do not have a functioning GPS). In any event, my wife, who was seated beside me, said not to do that. I think this is reminiscent of what Thomas said to Jesus, and what Jesus said in response. For we read,

“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:5-6)

It seems that this part of the dream is simply a reflection of my knowing the way to get to heaven. There is no need for the GPS — I can make it. Just turn left. So in the dream, we turned left.

As we were driving along, it seems like it was not my wife who was beside me. However, I do not know who it was. Perhaps it was Jesus who was beside me. There was someone there to help me, that is for sure. But it does not distinctly seem to be my wife, like it was at the corner, before we were about to turn left, when I was considering using the GPS. In any event, as we are driving along (well, I am at the wheel, so I am, in fact, in the driver’s seat) — it is a very nice car, by the way, it seems to be very expensive — as we are driving, and the car is moving very fast, I continue having trouble seeing outside, and my seat keeps slipping into a position where I find it difficult to look out the window. So the imagery is that of (1) very quickly speeding along, and (2) not having much visibility. I suppose you could say, that’s faith! So I suppose what the dream is getting at (that is, the Lord is getting at in giving me this dream), is that I am exercising faith in what I am currently doing, which is, I am heading towards the goal that God has set out before me in Christ Jesus.

Paul said,

“Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.” (Philippians 3:12-16)

This passage is all about perseverance in our walk of faith. Keep going! In the dream, I was continuing to move along at a very steady pace — and there was some definite risk-taking involved, that is for sure!

At one point, as we were driving along — that is, I was at the wheel, and there was this other person whom I think might be Jesus sitting beside me (Jesus said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” – Hebrews 13:5) — as this was happening, I noticed at one point there was another car very close to us, on our right, and it was speeding along in the same direction. Who was it? Was it another Christian pressing on towards his or her goal in Christ Jesus, as Philippians 3:12-16 (quoted above) says? I guess so, and I guess that was either my brother or sister in Christ who was driving that car. Well, I came very close to that person’s car — but fortunately, I did not hit it!

I was rather annoyed, in the dream, that my seat would not stay upright so I could see more clearly! I would have much rather seen the road fully, like I do when I’m normally driving in my car here on this earth. But, alas, the person sitting beside me did not seem overly concerned about it! Whoever it was who was there to help me certainly could have helped me more than that, I think, but decided not to. It’s interesting, because in the car, much earlier, when it was clearly my wife sitting beside me, she said, “No!” to using the GPS — there was no need. Aha. A simple thing like that evoked a great big “No!”. But here I am, now, speeding along a road, and my seat is so low down I can hardly see — well, you would think it would have evoked a much STRONGER response than that. But whoever it was who was sitting beside me, that person just didn’t consider that to be such a “big deal” at that point! Faith, friend! Faith!

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:3)

Well, I guess you could say, this dream is all about faith. It is all about reaching our destination for Jesus. It is all about getting from this present life — full of it’s challenges, longings, problems, heartaches, and all the rest — to the next life. There’s a road to travel in order to get there, and it’s the road of faith. This dream would possibly speak to many people in their present circumstances. In my own case, it definitely speaks to me.

The final part of the dream is very encouraging.

Finally, I arrive at OTS. Remember, in real life, these two schools are cities apart (some 5 hours apart, in fact). But in the dream, they are not that far away. Well, that reflects a reality. I remember a lady once, who when she died, wanted a closed casket. She said she did not want people looking at her body, as though it meant anything, because in real life, as a believer, she was not there, but in heaven. I remember thinking, “I cannot see her, but she is just around the corner.” Heaven is like that. For the believer in Christ, it’s “just around the corner.” It’s not far at all. A lot more could be said about heaven — about how big it is, about how beautiful it is, about how amazing it is — but for now, I cannot go into much detail, for I have not been there myself, but I certainly can say, based on what God’s word teaches, that it is an AMAZING place that you certainly do not want to miss out on! As we read,

“but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

There is indeed, a lot waiting for the believer in heaven. However, the most important things are people. And that is who I saw when we arrived.

When we arrived, I walked into a room (my “helper” — whoever it is, is no longer there in the dream). The room was quite large, and there were lots of people there. I immediately saw someone I knew, my friend Bill. I went over to Bill, but his back was turned to me, because he was engaged in a conversation with another person. Bill was having fellowship, which is to converse and commune with a brother or sister in Christ. Bill was engaged in a meaningful conversation. There was no malice. There was no anger. There was no sadness in this room. It was a place of fellowship. I walked up to Bill, but as I approached him from behind, he did not see me. I decided to move on, because I could always come back and talk with Bill later. Bill did not want to be disturbed at that point, and what is that a reflection of? The word is intimacy. Heaven is a place of intimacy, where you can have your deepest needs met, and where you can be known and understood. It is a place you want to be. The fact that Bill did not turn around to greet me at that time was because he was involved in intimate conversation. It was “do not disturb” time for Bill. Not a problem. I would return later.

There are a lot of people in this world who long for intimacy. In fact, I would say that all do, because that is how we were created. We long for something deeper than simply living our lives. When people do not find this ‘deeper’ thing which they are looking for, well, they tend to do rather strange things. You name it, they seem to do it. Those ‘other things’ are a cheap replacement for the real intimacy that God wants to provide. God has the answer. The answer is found in Jesus Christ. Jesus offers His peace, His assurance, His love, and His wonderful intimacy to those who will follow Him and obey Him. He said,

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:21)

The above passage is a reflection of the type of intimacy that God wants to give to each and every one of us. What does He want to do? According to that passage, He wants to disclose Himself to us, and it is very much tied in with God’s love for us, as we can see in that passage. However, it depends upon something: Our willingness to keep God’s commandments. God longs to be gracious to each and every one of us. However, He cannot if we rebel against Him. It just doesn’t work. Any good relationship depends upon two people being willing to cooperate. God is asking for your cooperation. So if you really want God’s intimacy, well, then, you know what to do. Do the ‘right thing’ and obey His commands. But how are you going to even know His commands? That’s where reading the Bible comes in. You’ll need to do that “religiously” if you hope to really understand what God wants for you. I would suggest reading the gospel of John, and then keep reading! Develop a Bible study habit, so that you are daily reading God’s word. Why not sign up to read the Bible in a year (at www.lifesanswer.com). You should, however, be reading from the pages of your own Bible, as well. It’s something you will want to chew over, and meditate on, as God speaks to you from His word.

“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”

(Psalm 1:1-3)

Finally, in the dream, after I left Bill (Bill did not see me, as his back was turned to me at the time I approached) — after I left Bill, I then saw other friends, all of whom were from the “old days” when I was back in high school. Bill or William can mean, “will, desire, helmet, protection” (www.behindthename.com/name/william), all of which have deeply biblical overtones.

Briefly, we will to follow Christ. That’s how we become Christians! Bill was in heaven, because he willed to follow Jesus.

What about desire? In the Song of Solomon — which is ultimately all about our relationship with God — the bride says concerning her husband,

“I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” (Song of Solomon 7:10)

This is all about intimacy. And that’s what God wants for you and I. The church is The Bride of Christ. It is the entire church that is His bride. He is not polygamous, but is married to one. So the bride is the whole church.

“For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:2)

What about helmet? The helmet, in the Bible, represents salvation.

“And take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17a)

“But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8)

Salvation is our very entrance into the kingdom of God. It begins at the moment we have faith in Christ.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

And finally, what about protection? For that is the fourth and final meaning associated with the word “Bill” (or “William”). Who is our protection but God? Have you been afraid? Are you fearful? Put your trust in God, for He will see every one of His children safely to His eternal kingdom. He is our protector and deliverer. Yes, man may fail us, and persecution may come. But God will not forsake us, and we will gain our lives by our faith. Those who enter God’s kingdom because of their faith will never need to worry again about crime, or sadness, or despair, because there will be none of that in God’s eternal kingdom.

“And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

But that’s not all. In the dream, after I left Bill’s presence, I met another friend from my high school days. His name is Kemp. Kemp was facing me, and Kemp said something like, “Hi Dan, it’s good to see you!” Kemp and I had fellowship. And this really is where the dream ends. Now the name “Kemp” means “champion, athlete, warrior.” (www.behindthename.com/name/kemp) All of these, too, have deeply biblical overtones.You can be that champion, athlete for Christ, and warrior in God’s kingdom, as you pursue righteousness, defeat sin, and fight the good fight of faith.

Press on, dear warrior in Christ. Be that champion that God has called you to be. And get the prize. Which brings us right back to a previous quote:

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

Go!

Scriptures have been taken from the NASB version of the Bible.