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It’s been said a lot, but it is true: “Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship.” And it is because our God’s main concern is having a close relationship with us, it is for this reason, that He gave me “The Black Crows dream.”
In the dream I was looking up into the sky at a large white sail that was being carried by half a dozen crows. As I continued to watch them fly away, I realized that they were not carrying a sail, but a robe. It was my own white robe that the crows were taking away from me. I looked on, bothered by this fact, and meanwhile I was chewing a piece of raw meat. I just stood there, watching and chewing. I was not able to swallow the meat; I found it to be inedible.
Upon waking, I deduced that since the crows had taken my “robe of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:10) it must be that God was clarifying His disappointment with me, and telling me that I had become unrighteous.
During this time, I was listening to the “Spiritual Warfare” series produced by Living God Ministries, and thanks to the truth presented through these messages, God began to show me that the dream was actually a really clever way of teaching me about Law versus Grace, the lie versus the truth.
God saw that I was in danger of believing the devil’s lie, so he chose to “wake me up” through a dream.
He used this dream to show me what NOT to believe; to reject the lie that my sin makes me unrighteous. . . . Because believing that lie prevents me from being able to eat “the meat” of the Scriptures.
God is amazing! And so personal! He knew exactly what I needed to hear.
The interpretation that God gave me is this:
Satan is a liar who wants me to believe that I can lose my righteousness. The devil condemns me, accuses me, and gets me to think that my inability to overcome certain sins makes me unworthy and unholy. Satan wants me to believe that he has the legal right to remove my ‘robe of righteousness’ (he uses his minions, his demons, represented by the crows, to accomplish this task.) And as long as I believe the devil’s lies, I cannot swallow the meat of the Scripture. I will not grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. My Christian life will be stunted and stagnant, as I remain a baby, one who can only drink milk.
I then memorialized what He taught me by writing this poem in my journal:
The black crows carried an ivory sheet,
Five birds flying with a large white sail.
But on second look, it was a cloak.
A robe. A symbol of my righteousness.
They were stealing it, taking it, flying away.
But it was not theirs to take.
I was watching it happen while eating the meat
that had become inedible.
The theft was induced,
By iniquity and shame.
The theft was produced,
And I granted their gain.
My enemy is skilled with thievery and lies,
I doubted not the black crows’ rights.
Yet robbers they were. I began to see,
That the white cloak remained on me.
Our God wants to have a close relationship with us, and He wants us to trust in the fact that He has completely forgiven us of all our sins – our transgressions have been removed as far as the east is from the west.
The images in dreams are often symbols or types, so if you think He has given you a dream, ask Him for the interpretation, and He just may tell you what all the symbols mean!
For me, the meaning of the dream was all about His acceptance of me. He not only loves me, but He accepts me and relates to me in the midst of my sinful condition. . . . Because of the fact that Jesus finished the work 2,000 years ago.
Lauren Daigle was diagnosed with cytomegalovirus when she was 15 years old. The infection necessitated a two-year absence from her high school. During the two years of recovery at home, God gave Lauren dreams and visions of her future.
“He started imparting vision to me during that time. It was amazing because I was laying on the bed, wasn’t able to do anything and I would get visions of touring, and tour buses and being on and off stages, and venues, and interviews, and charts. I mean He showed me literally so much of it, and I would lay in bed and say God is this just me dreaming? Am I getting cabin fever, or is this really what you’re calling me to?
It was beautiful because not only in that time did He awaken a dream in me, but He also didn’t allow me to fall under to what the enemy wanted to create in that time – loneliness & depression. God let me see the next season.”
( “Lauren Daigle’s unexpected path to purpose.” www.life1025.com
In the midst of suffering, God encouraged Lauren Daigle with hope. Seeing into the future, He decided to share some of His knowledge with her which, of course, proved to be spot-on accurate. (Check out her breathtaking 😅 tour schedule here! )
I’ve experienced – on a MUCH smaller scale – two occasions of God showing me future events through dreams. Two simple, short dreams that made a lasting impression, and that I later saw unfold before me with my waking eyes.
It’s pretty cool to have that happen, but I don’t think that is God’s main desire for us: that we see future events in our night visions. I believe His main goal in our lives is to show us how much He loves us, how much He accepts us, and how He wants to truly be our “life.”
I had a dream once that taught me about God’s acceptance; it literally changed my life, changed the way I relate to God, and changed the way I understood how He relates to me. I call it The Black Crows dream. This is how it went…
I was looking up into the sky at a large white sail that was being carried in the air by half a dozen crows. As I continued to watch them fly away, I realized that it was not a sail, but a cloak, a robe. My own white robe . . . and the crows were taking it away from me! I looked on, bothered by this fact, and meanwhile I was chewing a piece of raw meat. I just stood there, watching and chewing. I was not able to swallow the meat; I found it to be inedible.
You are probably familiar with the idea of a “robe of righteousness”:
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
So when I woke in the morning after the Black Crows dream, I thought, “Okay, God. I get it. I hear You. My sin is making me unrighteous, and that is why the crows were taking away my white ‘robe of righteousness.’”
Was my dream interpretation correct??? Heck no!
. . . But this post is already too long, so I will continue with this next week. 😆
Darren and Darryl were two gay guys that I once worked with at Café 66, the intracoastal restaurant located on the property of Pier 66, a 4-star-hotel and resort in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They were both waiters. Darren was my best friend at that job, but Darryl didn’t like me at all.
Darren accepted me because he too was a Christian, but Darryl gave me these intense, scowling stares during our staff meetings in the kitchen. Other than the creepy looks, Darryl avoided me. Except for the day of his dream.
Disturbed by a dream he had the previous night, Darryl went from employee to employee asking their opinion. Finally, he approached me. He told me the dream and then asked if I had any idea what it meant. I was honest and said no.
I worked as the Administrative Assistant to the restaurant’s Executive Director, Steve Silverman. A highly polished and manicured Jewish man who had a legendary reputation for having his secretaries quit on him. After I got hired, I heard this phrase numerous times from employees all over the resort, “Oh, you’re Steve’s new secretary? He’s awful to work for. You’re not gonna last long.”
However, I lasted a year and a half; I seem to have a knack for getting along with difficult people. I did quit, but it was to pursue my Biblical education in another state.
My office was down in the basement, but on the day of Darryl’s dream, I was up in Café 66 filling in for an absent hostess. After I told him I had no idea what his dream meant, I went back to my station at the hostess stand . . . and prayed.
I said hesitatingly, “God, if you want to give me the interpretation of his dream, you know, that would be cool.”
And then suddenly, with an almost physical sensation of something being dropped on my head, the meaning of the dream was downloaded into my brain. It was clear. And it was cool! God was preaching the gospel to Darryl!
So, I sheepishly walk over to Darryl, tell him that this has never happened to me before, but that God had given me the interpretation of his dream.
In his dream, Darryl was driving a car and in the passenger seat was a toilet bowl filled with poop; it was raining out, and the steering wheel was shuddering. There were other details that I don’t remember (this happened almost 30 years ago), but the basic message was this: “Darryl, you have sin in your life, and you are trying to control your life with your own effort, but you are headed for destruction and therefore God wants to save you, and be the One who ‘drives’ your life.”
Darryl was thoughtful, but unsure. He said “okay, thanks,” and then I walked back to my station.
About an hour later, he excitedly came up to me and said, “I finally figured it out! I ate pizza late last night, and the pizza is what gave me the weird dream!”
“Oh. Okay, thanks.” But, of course, I didn’t believe that for a minute; I knew that God had preached the good news to him through that dream, hoping to save him. Hoping to give Daryl new life and to begin a relationship with him.
I believe God occasionally speaks to us through our dreams. And I believe that God Himself gives the interpretation. I was thankful to be used by God to give Darryl this message about sin and salvation, about death and life. It is now 30 years later, and who knows, maybe by the time of this writing, Darryl has surrendered to God, and been reborn with the life of Jesus Christ.
To be continued . . .