I had a couple of dreams in the last month that were, well, difficult. I had a feeling I knew what they were, but I was not sure. I gave them to a friend who has studied Biblical dream interpretation and is really good at it and, well.. She confirmed it to me.
They were as Pharaoh’s dreams that Joseph interpreted, one and the same.
I was afraid of that.
In one, I was in a sort of rodeo type arena where my horses were being held. I had gotten a new mare and we left her in there with all the other horses overnight. In the morning when I came back, I found one horse was severely injured and later found another dead. The new mare had done this.
In the other, I was in an zoo type enclosure with a lady who was telling others about alligators. I didn’t realize it was alligators because when I first got into the enclosure, it was for something else. As in dreams sometimes, the enclosure changed. The alligators calculated on a board in the back of the enclosure that if they grabbed her, they would have enough points. For what I do not know. She came close to the water and before I could warn her, they grabbed her. I pulled her away from them, but she pulled away from me and scurried into the water where they piled on top of her.
I know. Weird dreams. And here I am putting it out there for you all to read! Honestly, I am a bit, nervous to do this. But yet, I feel like I need to.
Alligators have big mouths and large tails. The mare was vicious. Horses are symbols of authority. The dreams were about gossiping, telling tales, slandering and the like. The horse was representing authority.
I was shown through these dreams that I cannot mess around any more with gossip and slander. It is vicious and is a killer. People have been severely hurt and wounded by gossip, slander and lies.
I have been a part of that way too often. I know better and I still fall into it. Through these dreams, I realized just how dangerous it really is. Then when I was looking for a verse for this post, I noticed something. The majority of the time gossip was talked about in the Bible is was in a list like this one!
3 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful,unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, [a]haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,5 holding to a form of [b]godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
2 Timothy 3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
It is, as you can see, listed with a long list of people types, which when you read it we say, yes I can see that as a sin, so is that so is that… but then surprise, gossip is right there in the middle of the list. Right there between words like unloving, irreconcilable, brutal, without self-control. Now I can see why being unloving and brutal could be sinful and a person you would want to avoid, but a gossiper? Don’t we all do that sometimes?
To be brutally honest, yes.
What I saw in my dreams was that, gossip is malicious. I causes serious harm and sometimes, death. Look around. How many young people have we seen die because of gossip and slander? How many young people in the church have we seen walk away from God because of the same things?
It broke me.
Father God, thank you for revealing these things to me. I am so sorry Father, for cooperating with gossipers, slanderers and tale tellers, and for even being one myself. Father God, heal the hearts of those I have wounded, and let me be one who brings about healing and reconciliation to those who have been wounded by mine and others gossip. Lord, to those who are reading this and that have been wounded in this way by me, cover them in Your love, and will you please forgive me for hurting you. Thank you that you reveal truth for the purpose of healing and reconciliation.