I awoke a week ago from a somewhat disturbing prophetic dream about a tornado, and noted it I my journal. This morning, I awoke to notices on my phone that our son had tried to call late last night.
I returned his call immediately to find out about the tornado that devastated parts of the Nashville area.
As I write this, sadly, 24 people have died… with another 200 hospitalized, and 140 buildings devastated. Let me stop right now to say to all those who suffered loss due to the Nashville Tornado: we are praying for you.
When the alerts grew more alarming and pinpointed to his neighborhood, he gathered his wife and three young children, and moved them to what he viewed as the safest place in their hundred-year-old farmhouse.
As he described the sounds and sights that he and his family experienced– and specifically the “baseball-sized hail”– I quickly realized that a dream I had received– exactly 7 days earlier– may have prophesied the tornado!
He reported that they were all safe and sound after an intense scare, and the storm moved eastward. The family went back upstairs; but he went to his studio to track the tornado on his computer for hours.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” he reported to us, “tornados just don’t come to Denver. The pounding of the hail– ping-pong-sized to start– and the whistling of the wind– were pretty scary! And the hail was almost coming down sideways on account of the winds!”
WHAT ABOUT THIS DREAM?
Well, here’s the dream:
Feb 25, 2020– The first bit of the dream was not impressive enough to recall in detail, but I remember that when a certain notice came (you’ll know it when you see it), a change of address was to be put in immediately! I’m talking about one of those cards you give the post office when you move.
Next, I find myself in a home resembling my Grandma Edith’s farmhouse. I was looking out the north window seeing hail violently pounding everything in sight, including the swing-set out there. The hailstones– not small and benign, but large and formidable– soon become baseball-sized.
This was so disturbing that I presumed that a tornado must be nearby, so I ran to the east window. As I expected, the clouds were ominous and dark, but I couldn’t actually find a tornado clearly formed or touching down.
I ran to the north window again and said to myself, “It’s hailing debris now! The tornado has surely hit somewhere nearby because I’m seeing evidence of it right here!”
Interestingly, only one item fell from the sky… the corner of a bed-frame with a wheel on it. No other debris came as I waited
Strangely, I remember now an earlier scene where one of our daughters got a newborn kitten (still in the fetal position), and we were amazed at how quickly it was walking!
WHAT DID THE DREAM MEAN? WAS IT ABOUT THE NASHVILLE TORNADO? AND WAS I SUPPOSED TO HAVE WARNED HIM?
Unless you are new to our ministry, you know that the Lord makes good use of symbolism in the dreams He sends. Jesus spoke in parables; the Old Testament is filled with symbolic items and actions; and dreams in the Bible are often encoded.
Grandma’s farmhouse– the one I delighted in visiting– symbolized our son’s farmhouse. Easy to make the connection, since there are no other farmhouses in our family.
And BTW, it’s not uncommon for me to dream of her place… most of the time, symbolizing a place (in life) I long to be.
That dream element was the one that caught my attention, since our son used the same exact term. Both the dream and his experience included pounding and disturbing hail.
The swing-set wasn’t a big focus in the dream. It was just there. And looking back at the dream, it’s easy to see that it represents the presence of children in the dream. So between the farmhouse and the swing-set– if I’d stopped and thought long enough about the dream, I might have made the connection that the dream was not about my life, but about our son’s.
THREAT DIRECTLY OVERHEAD
This dream element actually reveals that the tornado would not touch down (or possibly do any damage) to our son’s life and property, but might bring devastation elsewhere… which it surely did.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
That’s exactly what our son did… move everyone to a safer location!
THE BED-FRAME CORNER
“It’s hailing debris now!The tornado has surely hit somewhere nearby because I’m seeing evidence of it right here!” This notation indicates that the tornado formed overhead, but actually will touch down elsewhere.
Interestingly, the only tornado debris was the corner of a bed-frame with a wheel on it. This may symbolize that the tornado will interrupt people’s sleep causing them to need to relocate. It could even prophesy our son’s inability to sleep (he tracked the Nashville tornado’s path for some hours).
THE WALKING BABY KITTEN
This dream element links directly with our son, as they love cats and have always had several. It prophesies that they will “receive” something new (but not as significant as some other things), and it will start functioning very quickly.
Could this be the “tornado shelter” he’s already proposing today?
THE DREAM RAISES SOME QUESTIONS
1. WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THE DREAM?
2. DID I MESS UP IN NOT MAKING SENSE OF IT AND WARNING HIM IN ADVANCE?
3. SHOULD I HAVE KEPT MY RINGER VOLUME UP SO I WOULD HAVE HEARD THE CALLS?
2) Let me start with this one. I’ve learned over the last 20 years that we need to pretty much be 100% sure of the meaning and application of a heavy prophecy before warning people in advance. If there’s even a chance we could be wrong, we need to pray earnestly about it and get further confirmation.
Although after the fact, I can see all these connections (making me confident that THE DREAM DID PROPHESY THE NASHVILLE TORNADO), I don’t believe this dream would have been enough to tell our son that a tornado was coming to his neck of the woods!
I have done that sort of thing before and regretted it. I must say here, however, that there have been times, people, and circumstances that did allow me to specifically prophesy heavy things.
But can you imagine the havoc I could have instigated by such a warning? God knew they were not prepared to hear that. So, He in his wisdom, did not lead me to put the clues together like I’ve done today.
3) And what about us turning down our ringer- volume at night? I’m not going to guilt-trip about that. Robo solicitors call day and night, and my husband and I are of an age where getting awoken in the night may result in sleepless hours.
If I’d answered at the time… sure, I would have made the connection, and assured them of God’s protection over them.
But God apparently wanted them to get their comfort directly from him! What a concept? A test of faith… we see them all over scripture!
Since this post is long already, how about YOU tell me! Best answer receives a free personal dream interpretation! Submit your answers by email- firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment below with other thoughts.
Hope this was thought-provoking.
Pray for Nashville!