Of Thunderstorms And Dreams

August 27, 2013 — 5 Comments


I woke up a few weeks ago a little groggy thanks to a dream and a storm that woke me up in the early hours of the morning.  The thunderstorm shook the house for a while as I could hear the storm approaching and passing.  It sounded like a drummer pounding the drum head in the sky for thirty or more minutes.  As it passed by, I eventually fell back asleep.

A short time later, a dream woke me up.  In my dream, someone shared some disturbing news with me which led me to breakdown in tears.  And then I woke up again.  As I laid in bed, I reminded myself that it was just a dream, and I began to pray.

I wonder if this was just a coincidence or if God was sending me the storm and the dream as a reminder.  Do I believe that God still speaks today?  Yes.  I believe He speaks through His Word – The Bible.  I believe He can speak through life’s circumstances and surroundings.  But does He speak through storms and dreams in the middle of the night?  It’s a good question.

I’m not an expert on dreams (can you tell?).  But I’m thinking that our dreams are sometimes simply a response to our fatigue level, the happenings of the previous day, and the pizza we ate the night before.  But my hunch is that God can and does still speak to us through our dreams.  If that’s the case, does this mean that one of my loved ones is in trouble?  Or is it simply a reminder to reach out to this person and to pray for them more regularly?  More questions.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

Psalm 91

God, Thank You for this new day.  Thank You for storms and dreams.  May I always be listening for Your voice and be open for how You speak to me.  Thank You for being with me throughout the day and throughout the night.

How has God spoken to you?  When was the last time you heard God’s voice?

Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I think He can speak through storms and dreams. I think He doesn’t as much these days, but I won’t rule it out.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Do you think God has changed? Or why do you think He might not speak through storms and dreams as much as He used to? I’m just wondering if we aren’t listening as well. It’s something for me to chew on today. Thanks, Larry.

  • http://chrisvonada.info/ chris vonada

    This is a fascinating subject to me. Yes, I believe that God does speak to us through dreams and premonitions, and that we have anxiety dreams and those inspired by the evil one too!

  • Steve Y

    I think it comes down to listening for His voice, which as you said, might be through His Word. Psalm 32:8 says that He will counsel us and watch over us. There have been times in our families lives that I can recall Him speaking to us through a statement from a friend, or an answer to prayer. I do not have enough knowledge to know if He speaks through dreams. We must listen for the whisper as Elijah did, though.

    • http://jonstolpe.com/ Jon Stolpe

      Good point. I think the problem is that we often fill our heads and ears with too many noises and distractions that we miss out on the whispers.