Don’t Just Stew

Post by Rev. Frank Burg

Hello dreamers wherever you are in this great big wonderful world of ours!

Of course, regardless of the longitudinal and latitudinal position you happen to be occupying in this big beautiful world, isn’t it wonderful that our God has chosen to communicate with us through dreams? No matter where you are or what you’re going through, God knows your needs and cares to answer your every prayer, both spoken and unspoken.

I remember the early years in our marriage as we were raising our five kids when we were going through trials and situations that absolutely baffled us. We weren’t aware that God was weighing in on those things, because we weren’t positioned to perceive just yet. We had no idea that many of the dreams we awoke from were actually heaven-sent messages.

We had plenty of “churching.” You know the drill… go to church, be on this and that committee, serve here and serve there, give with our time and offering… yet something seemed to be missing. Knowing that God could and would speak directly into and about our lives was still elusive to us, but we were certainly on our way. We were traveling down a winding road guided by God all the while thinking that we were calling all the shots.

Eventually the earth split open and we fell in… on our heads, no less. The insight that we had been operating within our daily Christian lives soon became obviously lacking. We were full of questions. How in the world did we get here? What did we do to deserve this? How could divine order and redemption come out of this mess? And I guess more urgently…how the heck do we get out of it?

Good questions without a whole lot of answers. The obvious answer seemed to be “wait.” Oh no, not that answer! Not the answer that renders no answer! Yikes. A good word to describe this time in our lives was “stew.”

You know just pray, wait, pray some more, whine a little bit, maybe some complaining to spice it up.

When we ask, “Why isn’t God showing up? Can’t He see or hear me? Has He overlooked me?”, we didn’t comprehend that God has an answer.

Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:27-28

God has a different view of seasons of stewing. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

For years I thought that verse was saying that God would suddenly bestow strength and energy as a reward for such seasons. I now know that it is BECAUSE of such seasons that we gain strength.

At the time, we pressed in to God with fervent prayer struggling to believe that God’s promises— that until then, hadn’t been tested by us— were actually true.

God tarried a while but eventually showed up in power and might. He blew the doors off our situation— setting me free overnight from my “dark night of the soul” and showing us that He can do what He promises. He can do it literally— not just on the pages of the Bible, but in our lives.

God had been using the 15 month season to turn a page in our lives. The recurring dreams my wife had when we were first married now made sense.

THE 1st RECURRING DREAM

She had kept dreaming that she had a condition like macular degeneration. She described it as having no vision in the center area where a person focuses. She could only see the periphery areas surrounding it, but see them vaguely because she could not shift her eyes to focus on any of it. The dreams were, of course, frustrating and disturbing.

We now know that God was portraying through the dream how she was seeing life. Her view of life at the time was hindered so greatly that she was almost completely missing the most central truths. This, of course, described my perspective on life as well.

We were blind to what was MOST important to God and what He desired MOST of us… things like: child-like faith and total security and fearlessness in Him. He wanted us to learn that He cares most deeply about how we treat others… that He’s less interested in our checking off a list of religious do’s and don’ts than in our love for and obedience to Him. And He wanted us to grasp the full truth of the scripture.

THE 2nd RECURRING DREAM

Following those macular degeneration dreams early in our marriage were dreams of dreading going back to college. She would find herself back at her alma mater, but this time with a feeling of great anxiousness concerning the experience.

These dreams prophesied a very long season of spiritual education… and not always a pleasant experience.

DREAMS DURING A TURNING POINT

Dreams that take place at a turning point in a person’s life— especially recurring dreams— most likely have long-term implications. That is, they may be more about decades than days or weeks.

Did you have impressive dreams as a child or teen? My wife tells me that when in Junior High School and evaluating career directions, she had recurring dreams of chewing meat. Instead of breaking down like it unusually does, it got larger and larger. She would spit the meat out in a water fountain and take a drink, but it kept reappearing for her to chew more.

God was showing her that she had the heart of a teacher, to chew on the “meat” of the Word and to drink of the Holy Spirit.

DON’T JUST STEW

God sends us letters through dreams. When we make sense of them, we are prepared for whatever season we are in, even the stewing seasons. Divine insight brings extraordinary level of peace, empowerment and strategy… something we missed for decades. Learn more about the language of dreams (we have a course on dream interpretation, you know).

I would encourage you today, no matter what you are going through; stay the course. Keep looking to God in prayer. Ask Him for deliverance and restoration…sit back and watch the Master do His thing… in His time. Don’t stop asking, believing and pressing in for the answer. God rewards commitment and persistence.

And don’t just stew about what’s going on in your life. Ask for dreams of enlightenment and encouragement, so you may know what He’s up to in your life.

Please share your answers and testimonies with us by way of comment.
Every Blessing,
Rev. Dr. Frank

May 1, 2018

9 responses on "Don't Just Stew"

  1. Hi April – God is keeping you encouraged during your time of wait. Be sure to know He is speaking of opening a door for you… a door no man can shut. Blessings!

  2. How do you evaluate when someone else shares a dream about you? A woman in my life group dreamed about me “speaking from a podium”. Since people frequently mix up the words “podium” and “lectern” it could potentially change the meaning enormously. I have a history of award-winning public speaking but am in a new season and waiting on God to show me what I am to do toward advancing the Kingdom. Does this possibly indicate an open door (providing me a podium/platform) or is it a red flag about ego and thinking I’m better than anyone else, e.g. “lecturing” (standing behind a lectern and lecturing).

    • Hi April – God is keeping you encouraged during your time of wait. Be sure to know He is speaking of opening a door for you… a door no man can shut. Blessings!

    • April. Regardless of whether the dream is using you as a symbol for the dreamer’s own encouragement (i.e.- you may symbolize the dreamer), this still is encouragement for you. If the dreamer used the word podium, that word was Holy Spirit-led, so take it for what is is. Thank you, Marigold? You are to be encouraged. Go forth! God will guide!

  3. Hi Lyn. I sent an email to you a few weeks ago about your prophetic training class. Not sure if you missed my response to your original email to me.

  4. I dreamt 2 creatures came through my roof floated down toward me. One was red, one was blue, they were identical other than color. Red was on my left and blue on my right. They both had horns coming out of the top of their head and came down about to their waist and curled. They floated in front of me, the red one communicated with me but never opened his mouth. Blue never spoke. Then red had a tube w/something in it, I sensed he wanted to cram in it my mouth. He said “tastes like cake”. I said will it make me fat. He continued toward me w/the tube. I wouldn’t let him. He finally got mad and said “oh go read Isa. 53! Both times he spoke it was in a mocking/taunting tone.

  5. Notice also you are giving meat, which generally symbolizes rich information. Match these 2 ideas up with what you are doing or called to. God may be conveying that what you are providing is above these folk’s level. What aspect of you life do you think this applies to?

  6. This speaks to me. I haven having a recurring dream for about a year. Each dream it’s a different animal begging me for just standing around me and I suddenly give them meat and the take and walk a away. The animals are never vicious they are just seem to be worsem. Each dream it’s a different animal—I have seen lions, tigers,dogs,cat etc.. I have been praying for answer with these dreams. I know god is saying something. I know is the word but I’m not sure what the animals are wanting.

    Great topic

    • The key to understanding the dreams is discerning what God is speaking of with regard to animals. God surprises us sometimes by having a bit different take, but He is very frank. One of my adult children also dreamed of a number of animals, like you. In her case, God was speaking into what she was accomplishing in her job- working with preschoolers! Can you see how God would compare preschoolers with animals? They must be tamed!

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