Keep Calm and Shine On

I had a dream a few nights ago. I didn’t really think it had much significance because it was so weird but today it came to mind as I was waiting for my bus to work and I told my mom about it. I don’t remember the dream being very long and I believe it was right before I woke up. I was with a group of girls my age. As we were moving around I had an awareness that something was on my face and went to go look in the mirror. When I looked at my reflection there was almost a blue glitter gel (think the 90s and body glitter) smeared across my forehead and nose mixed in with dark blue confetti flecks. I was surprised by what I saw and I just remember saying out loud “Why didn’t anyone tell me?”.

I’m still at a loss for what this could possibly mean as I’m writing this. The only suggestion my mom had was that she thinks a forehead symbolizes wisdom. I decided today that I would try to look into this and see if I could find anything interesting about my dream.

Symbols in my dream and what I associate with them:

Mirror- Reflection of self

Glitter- Sparkly

Blue- Calm/peaceful color

Forehead- Knowledge

Bridge of Nose/Nose- Center of your face, used for smell

Symbols in my dream according to the Bible:

Mirror- God’s Word i.e. the Bible  2 Corinthians 3:18, James 1:23-25, Corinthians 13:12

Glitter- N/A..:)

Blue- Glory of God Ezekiel 1:26, Heavenly Exodus 24:10, Holy Clothing Exodus 38:36-38

Forehead- Strength/Endurance Ezekiel 3:9, Frontals/Protection/Reminder Exodus 13:9 Deuteronomy 11:18-19, Consecration Exodus 28:36-38, Seal of God/Property of God Revelation 9:4

Bridge of Nose/Nose- Discernment i.e. being able to distinguish smells like in Exodus 29:18 compared to Leviticus 26:31

After spending much of the daylight hours today looking into various Bible verses I actually found a lot of interesting things that I never knew. For starters in the dream I was looking at my reflection and surprised at what I saw looking back at me. I wasn’t embarrassed but I was just confused as to why the people I was with didn’t tell me something was on my face i.e. when you have broccoli in your teeth you want someone to tell you. So I see myself in the mirror and reflected back is God’s Word  and what He sees “God removes the veil and there they are—face-to-face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him” – 2 Corinthians 3:18. How awesome is that? I didn’t recognize myself but God did. My reflection was not of my self but it was of my God self. I could clearly see myself as God sees me–with the brightness of His face–glittering. Maybe in the dream I saw my true likeness, “as clearly as God sees (me), knowing him directly just as he knows (me)!” – Corinthians 13:12. So often people “glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like” but we need to be affirmed by what God sees instead of what the world sees or we see with human eyes -James 1:23-25. 

But what’s the deal with the fact that it wasn’t my entire face? Right? Not to worry, I looked into that.

The first verse I found about foreheads was in Ezekiel 3:9 “I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.” According to a commentary on BibleStudyTools.com John Gill explains that the word flint derives from the word adamant and “adamant has its name in Greek, because it cannot be conquered or subdued, neither by the hammer, nor by fire; the one cannot break, nor this other consume it..it is called “shamir” in Hebrew..it will cut iron in pieces, which is harder than stone, and therefore must be harder than that. Bochart takes it to be the same with “smiris”, a hard stone, which jewelers use to polish their gems with. The design of the simile is to set forth the courage and fortitude of mind…in order to face an impudent and hardhearted people.” Adamant in the adjective form means “refusing to be persuaded or to change one’s mind”. How COOL is that? So when you add that together with my true image in the mirror, the God-image and add the forehead aspect to it it becomes a picture of God fortifying my mind. Making it a hard stone that will not be thrown off by people who do not understand me as a person or God as savior. Jesus is the jeweler in this case and my mind is his gem–and He is polishing it up, #shinebabyshine. Or my head is the flint and Jesus is the Rock and together a spark forms and we create fire.

The next verse I found was in Deuteronomy 11:18-19 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. A frontlet or frontal is a decoration for an altar or an adornment for your forehead. I like that second definition because of the adornment of glitter on my forehead. In this case the word of God is the adornment or the sparkle on me. A reminder of His word. In some websites this was referred to as a kind of  “phylactery” which are items used to keep scrolls or scriptures on hand. Some people wore these on their literal heads between their eyes or on their arms and hands. With this in mind, pun intended, this could be God’s way of telling me to remember His words as I look in the “mirror”. To see myself only through them and nothing else. “Now consider this: Thousands of years before man developed the modern sciences and determined what parts of the brain are responsible for the various human behaviors and activities, YHWH told man to keep His words “on your forehead”. Touch your forehead. Go ahead. No one is watching. Just a fraction of an inch beyond your fingertips is the PREFRONTAL CORTEX. God told us to keep His word there. Keeping His word there keeps us from processing worldly desires and events” –http://www.therefinersfire.org/phylacteries.htm

Lastly foreheads are alluded to in Revelation 9:4 ” Make a plate of pure gold. Engrave on it as on a seal: ‘Holy to God.’ Tie it with a blue cord to the front of the turban. It is to rest there on Aaron’s forehead…it will always be on Aaron’s forehead so that the offerings will be acceptable before God.” That is a cool picture. Almost like you are stamped/engraved with a Seal of God..you are Property of God. If lost–return to sender. Right? Haha! In this regard it is a way of God marking His territory.

Now for noses. In the Bible there was a lot of weird verses about noses and none of them had anything to do with my dream. I did however end up going on an unexpected tangent about God’s “nose” and smells. In Psalm 103:8 it says “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love”. What they don’t tell you is slow to anger in Hebrew translates to “long of nose”. It’s the same word that is used in Exodus 34:6 ..”compassionate, gracious, long-suffering and great in goodness”. “The idea is simple.  If God takes a long breath, His anger is delayed.  The longer His nose, the longer it takes for Him to come to judgment rather than mercy.  And God has a very long nose!” – http://skipmoen.com/2009/03/16/what-lies-beneath/ That’s just awesome to think about. God is slow to anger and takes a deep breath. So not only is my nose important–God’s nose is. My nose is full of the same breath that God breathed into mankind’s nostrils–the breath of Life. And if He is slow to anger and gracious I should be too. My life should be a fragrant offering to Heaven. One of the best finds of today was an article called “Ooh, That Smell” http://www.theocentric.com/ecclesiology/worship/ooh_that_smell_1.html:

God ordained worship to be full of sweet fragrances and pleasing aromas. True worship was meant to smell good. Untrue worship, on the other hand, produces a foul stench, a rank odor. The actions of God’s people in worship will possess a potent smell. Those immersed in worship would go away bearing the divine aroma into the world.

Your Unique Scent

We each possess a unique scent. In her fascinating book, A Natural History of the Senses,Diane Ackerman writes, “Each person has an odor as individual as a fingerprint. A dog can identify it easily and recognize its owner even if he or she is one of a pair of identical twins.”[5]Struck totally deaf and blind by a mysterious illness at nineteen months, Helen Keller (1880-1968) noted this regarding our unique scent: “human odors are as varied and capable of recognition as hands and faces. The dear odors of those I love are so definite, so unmistakable, that nothing can quite obliterate them.”[6] She believed this odor collects over time, since she was convinced that all infants smell alike: “I wonder if others observe that all infants have the same scent – pure, simple, undecipherable as their dormant personality.”[7]

Just as our bodies possess their own unique scent, over time our attitudes and actions create a certain unique spiritual scent. The question is: Are we putting off a sweet fragrance or a foul stench? Just as we pay attention to make sure our bodies exude a nice smell through the use of perfumes and deodorants, we should also pay attention to the spiritual smells we exude through our attitudes and actions.

The scriptures call us to make our lives a fragrant aroma to God. We do this by carrying the odor of Christ to others. Though many are unaware of this, the very name “Christ” carries with it the memory of sacred smell. “Christ” is Greek for “the Anointed One.” His name reminds us of the sweet fragrance of the unique anointing oil of sacred worship. Because of this, when we carry Christ with us, we carry his sacred odor. For this reason, Paul writes,

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? (2 Corinthians 2:14-16)

 

With that in mind God knows us–He knows the hairs on our head, what we smell like, and other sensory information. In that way smell and our noses discern things and can distinguish between good and bad and also information that we long forgot.

All in all I think my dream served a purpose in that in reminded me of who I am as a daughter of the King and showed me some new characteristics of God. It reminded me of who I should see in the mirror because God sees me as that reflection at all times.

 

More information on symbols:

Blue – http://www.ridingthebeast.com/articles/colors/ and Stones: http://www.diamond-jewelry-pedia.com/sapphire.html#.U4U3AP3S-lJ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lapis_lazuli

Mirror – http://www.lwf.org/site/News2?abbr=for_&id=10031

 

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