In the last days I will send My Spirit on all people. Then your sons and daughters will speak God’s Word. Your old men will dream dreams and your young men will see visions. Yes, on My servants, both men and women, I will pour out My Spirit in those days.
The Christian church has tended to forget the religious value of dreams.
Morton Kelsey: Dreams: A Way to Listen to God
I’ve been slowly making my way through the book of Ezekiel this summer. It’s not a book of the Bible most folks spend a lot of time in. One reason for this is all of the supernatural visions and dreams that Ezekiel has. They can be very confusing to understand.
Stuart Briscoe wrote a book years back based on Ezekiel, titled “All Things Weird and Wonderful.” I like that title! It is precisely because it is weird and wonderful that I was drawn to sit down with it for a spell.
I determined from the get-go, however, not to read it analytically, like we Americans tend to do with almost everything. Instead, I took my reading cue from Jesus, who said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like a little child, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Children accept things at face value. They are neither put off by fairy tale images nor do they try to relegate those images to hard, discernable facts. They get swept away in the imagery, as if they were there in the story experiencing it for themselves. That’s what I wanted to do.
So, with a child-heart I began my adventure.
My journey started in the evening when my hubby had gone to bed. I lit a candle and put on some hauntingly beautiful Celtic music and read the first verse of Ezekiel. I closed my eyes and imagined sitting alongside the Kebar River, where suddenly the heavens opened and there before Ezekiel’s eyes stood the throne of God.
I began to weep. Tears continued to stream down my face as I sat before the vision Ezekiel had. Windstorms blew. Lightening flashed. Four awesome creatures appeared. I could almost feel their wings brush my face as they passed by. I could hear the voice of the Almighty in the sound of their wings. Sparkling chrysolite wheels shimmered below them and all around the very real presence of the Spirit of the living God hovered.
The sky above was clear as ice and there in the center, a throne of sapphire appeared, with the figure of a man dressed in linen standing nearby. Brilliant light radiated from him. And like Ezekiel, I, too, recognized the Savior and fell facedown.
When I crawled back into my chair an overwhelming sense of awe flooded over me...my God is both mighty in power and stunning in beauty. I sat in the flickering candlelight for some time...silent.
Living Ezekiel’s dream with him may be the closest I ever come to dreaming dreams. But, I’m so thankful that I could catch even just a glimpse of his with him.
So often we approach God’s Word with an attitude of, may I say it? arrogance. Arrogance in the sense that we read it as if we have it all figured out. We Western-minded folks have an affinity to determine that “this means that, and that means this.” And I’m as guilty as the next person. Certainly, many thoughts written in God’s Word have dual meanings. And that sparks our curiosity to get to the bottom of it.
But, in our endeavor to figure out the meaning behind the words, we lose the words themselves. Somewhere along the way our breath is no longer taken away by the mystery, wonder, and miracles. We have forgotten how to marvel. We’ve lost our child-eyes.
Ironically, Ezekiel never does fill us in on the meaning of the vision itself; the vision was all he or we need. A vision of the throne room of the Lord God Almighty!
I have dreamed in my life, dreams that stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
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