Be prepared to dream

If you live into your nineties be prepared to dream dreams. Be sure of this because you will then be old, and the prophet Joel foretold it. He said that when the Holy Spirit came that young men and women would prophecy and young men would see visions and old men would dream dreams. I am not sure if Joel could see as far as to our day and this time.  If he had seen accurately he would surely have included young women among the visionaries and old women among the dreamers.

Don’t be concerned with the limitations of the prophet.  If you are a young woman or a young man do not fear a vision given you.  Tell the church about it and seek to fulfill it.  You will not be sorry for when you are  old your dreams will be filled with the litter of visions that guided you when you were young.

Now that I am ninety and may rightly be considered an old man, I believe that I have dreams generated by both my age and the Spirit.

A few nights ago I dreamed that I was in Tampa/Sarasota where Rhoda and I had lived for 56 years. I mention both cities because sometimes in the dream I was with Tampa people and other times I was with Sarasota friends. In my dream we were strategizing for church planting or conference formation.  My Greencroft Goshen Indiana dreams are often about the vision that gave direction to my life in the Southeast.

What seems wise to me now moves me to suggest to you who are young that the stuff of your future dreams will be a rehearsal of what you are doing now.  If you want pleasant dreams pursue your better visions.

Most of my dreams are pleasant, but not all because unpleasant activities of the past intrude.  Just last night my dream was obnoxious. It seemed that I was leaving Tampa and was required to dispose of two dogs and a cat.  I had the captive critters in the back seat of a car and was driving North on Nebraska Avenue in search of the pound where they could be put down.  But the going was very difficult because the avenue was under construction.  I can’t describe my frustration.  I finally released the dogs.  What happened to  the cat I don’t know.  Perhaps I’ll learn more about the cat in another dream.  Dreams are that way.



About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Be prepared to dream

  1. Miriam Showalter says:

    Ah, yes: “Pursue your better visions.” I love this wisdom, the thought of rehearsals in the future, shaped in part by what we are doing now.

    Good word, Martin.

  2. Mary Bew says:

    “Obnoxious “ dreams reflect difficulty moments, or difficult times. Thanks for writing!
    My “dreams” of my youth, to my surprise, have “shown up” fulfilled in my life. I’m very grateful.

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