Dry Bones

On March 19th I wrote some details of a very odd dream in my phone. I was in a helicopter and down below I could see a very vibrantly green field and the top canopy of trees as I passed overhead. It reminded me a bit of what I saw when I had the dream about bees only this time I wasn’t in the field below but passing over it and seeing it all from the top. I remember being in a group of people but we were quickly separated into small groups of 3 once we landed.

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We were supposed to investigate old houses or something in the town we landed in and I remember going into the house of an old woman.  There was a woman and a man about my age in my group and we ended up in the old woman’s attic or maybe even a room on the second floor. We all split up across the room to see what we could find. The young man soon found a trap door in the wooden floor and pulled out a quilt. I was in the middle of opening a drawer (I think it might have been a desk drawer) and I didn’t look at what was inside yet because I had stopped to look back at the quilt he found. When I looked back in my drawer I couldn’t tell what was inside yet so I picked it up. When I looked down it was the length of my hand but it just looked dark and flaky and I still didn’t know what I had picked up. The young man behind me said loudly “It’s a baby!” and I realized I was holding some kind of old fetus (Fabulous). When I looked back down at my right hand it didn’t look like a fetus which was what I expected to see now more clearly. This time it was thin and tall almost like a scaled down adult skeleton. Then I woke up.

I remember going through the morning after my dream really unsettled. Who dreams about holding an old decaying fetus in their hand? Why didn’t I find a quilt? I couldn’t figure out why I was dreaming about this or if it meant anything. This morning I decided to see if I could find anything in the Bible about my dream.

Apparently there are quite a few references to trees in the Bible but the one that seemed relevant was in Genesis 2:9 “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight”. This seemed fitting because I love the way trees look. I actually remember back in High School I used to like to sit in my car in this cemetery because it had the best tree canopies. The green colors, the way the branches and leaves created a fort under the sunlight. It was one of my happy places. And in the Bible God appears to be a fan of trees as well. He made various kinds of trees and they were all “pleasant to the sight”. He didn’t just make one he made tons of kinds and made sure they were all beautiful and unique. So in the beginning of my dream I am flying over the tree tops and my perspective in not ground level like in my Bees dream but aerial/from the top down.

The next thing that seems important is that I end up in a small group. A group of three in fact. There are a few things I can think of automatically that occur in threes in the Bible i.e. the Trinity, the cord of three strands, and Jesus was in the grave three days. I don’t know however why there is one man and another woman with me and if that matters.

The only thing I could really Biblically make of the dehydrated little body was the part in Ezekiel 37:5-6 “God, the Master, told the dry bones, ‘Watch this: I’m bringing the breath of life to you and you’ll come to life. I’ll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You’ll come alive and you’ll realize that I am God!'” Which could make sense since the young man in my group seemed to immediately see what I couldn’t by exclaiming “it’s a Baby!”

What’s interesting is I didn’t know what it was before. It was decaying, kind of locust-y, and kind of disappointing in a way when compared to a quilt–something normal you could find in an attic.

So what could it mean?

I think there’s a definite connection now between my dream about Bees and this Baby dream. First because they seem to be taking place in the same location. I am in a place that is very vibrantly green and pleasing to the eye. In the first dream I am on the ground and now in this dream I am soaring over the landscape and seeing my surroundings from an elevated point of view.

I liked the description on Wikipedia of Canopy Trees for a few reasons: 1. Canopy trees are able to photosynthesize rapidly due to abundant light 2. The canopy layer provides protection from strong winds and storms 3. Forest canopies are home to unique flora and fauna not found in other layers of forests. Many rain forest animals have evolved to live solely in the canopy, and never touch the ground. 4. The canopy is the highest of seven layers.

With that in mind it seems like I am both literally and figuratively above what is happening below. I am no longer where the bees sting. When I was on the ground previously bees swarmed and people ran. In this dream I am high above the canopies and removed. Perhaps this is supposed to signify a change in perspective or moving on to the next step.

Once I am exploring the house the young man finds a quilt. Typically quilts are historical in nature, tie together years of family history, and are passed down from generation to generation. In a way it’s a unified piece tied together by lots of little pieces. But I wasn’t the one to find it. This other guy did. Perhaps this represents my belief at times that people’s lives are falling into place. The sum of all their pieces are neatly tied together and it’s a completed product. People are getting engaged, people are getting promotions or a breakthrough in their careers, etc etc. Whereas what I find is nothing like that. Seemingly to me it is decayed and shapeless. However to the other guy in the room what I hold is fragile and just beginning in it’s infancy.

If it’s any consolation to dream-me, I seem to be doing better than the other young woman who finds nothing. Is she another person for comparison to show me I am making progress? Or is she me? Is she who I was in the other dream? Is it like the Bible story where someone does nothing with the talent they are given but the others at least find something in the proverbial attic? I’m not sure.

I feel certain that if God is trying to tell me something I can expect a third dream. Biblically if something happens three times it points to greater fulfillment yet to unfold. I’m not going to list all of those examples out here, but there is tons of information online especially about the significance of three’s for those who are interested. Maybe my last dream dealt with my past i.e. being stung, running away, being attacked, and this dream is dealing with my present i.e. traveling above those attacks, searching for something, not seeing something in it’s completed state–being in a transition. It’s exciting to think my next dream could have to do with my future and provide clarity.

Jesus you see the order of my life all at once. You know my past, my present, and where I have yet to go. Nothing is impossible for you and I thank you for what you might be showing me while I sleep. Continue to show me what I do not yet understand or if there is anything I have interpreted this morning that isn’t from you. I look forward in expectancy to all you are doing.

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