Ever have a dream that you can’t wake up from? I mean a creepy, scary NOT FUN dream? – Not the kind where you’re actually liking it – and wanting to ‘push the boundaries’ a little further – to see if you can see how far the dream will go – or maybe a nice dream about someone you haven’t seen in a long time – a great conversation or situation where your subconscious has ‘made up’ for an unresolved issue you may still have in the ‘real world’. I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about really dark, depressing and oppressive dreams. The kind that press down on you.
I have had this kind a couple of times in my lifetime. Something frightens me and seems to be holding me down – pressing on my chest – not letting me catch my breath – or say anything. I want to scream out – but I can’t even find my voice to do so – I can’t make my voice work at all! Frustrating – and very scary. Last night this happened again. First there was a feeling of weight or a pressing down on my chest – then the feeling of being held down by an invisible force – and the inability to form any words to cry out – trying to shake myself awake – and couldn’t.
The name that comes to mind when I feel that way in those weird, dark and scary dreams – is the name of Jesus. I try to say it over and over – and when I can’t make my voice say it – I just keeping repeating it in my mind – and finally I am released from whatever is holding me down.
Dreams can be an imitation of life – the subconscious talking while our body is resting. And sometimes when we have situations and life pressing down on us – this can be just the way that it feels. Like a waking dream. Like something invisible has a strangle hold on our hearts and minds. Something we cannot free ourselves from – and we try to ‘cry out’ – but there is no one there to listen to hear us – no one who can hear the ‘struggle’ that we are in. That is when we need to remember the name of Jesus. And by speaking that name – we know He hears us and will release us from the tangled situations and circumstances of life.
It is important to remember the famous words of Jesus when he said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” He encouraged us to ‘cast’ our ‘cares’ and put our trust in Him – He can handle it. And sometimes when we feel life closing in on us – we need to remember that promise just for us – in our time of need – when we feel things pressing down on us. The dark, scary and sometimes depressing things of life can be lighter – when we call out the name of Jesus. And when we have those bad dreams – we don’t need to be afraid – we know that His name is just a whisper away.