It’s a bird, it’s a plane.

The past two nights I’ve had very poor sleep. My brother is back in the hospital being evaluated, tension has been strong in my house, and over really the past year I’ve been thinking about taking a step back from one of my leadership roles at church. I think all of that has contributed to my sleep issues.

Last night I had a weird dream and I think it was somewhat interesting so I’m going to share.

Over really the past month or two, I’ve had sporadic dreams where I’m trying to catch a plane in an airport but everything is delayed or I was too late and missed it.

Last night I was in the airport, and going through bag check and they opened a bonsai tree I had brought with me. It was covered in cellophane and I told them I hadn’t opened it yet. The one man unwrapped the cellophane and out of nowhere when a bird squeezes itself out and feathers fall everywhere.

According to

  • To dream that you miss your flight or a connection or that it was cancelled indicates that you are feeling helpless and trapped by some situation. You feel that you are being held back, either physically or mentally. Alternatively, the dream may also suggest that you are feeling disconnected in some aspect of your life – work, relationship or home life


  • To dream that you transfer planes implies an important transitional phase in your life which will take you away from your intended path. These changes will take you to new directions and new heights of status and recognition


  • To see birds in your dream symbolizes your goals, aspirations and hopes. To dream of chirping and/or flying birds represents joy, harmony, ecstasy, balance, and love. It denotes a sunny outlook in life. You are experiencing spiritual freedom and psychological liberation. It is almost as if a weight has been lifted off your shoulders.


  • I also looked up Bonsai trees on Wikipedia and thought this was interesting:


The practice of bonsai development incorporates a number of techniques either unique to bonsai or, if used in other forms of cultivation, applied in unusual ways that are particularly suitable to the bonsai domain. These techniques include:

  • Leaf trimming, the selective removal of leaves (for most varieties of deciduous tree) or needles (for coniferous trees and some others) from a bonsai’s trunk and branches.
  • Pruning the trunk, branches, and roots of the candidate tree.
  • Wiring branches and trunks allows the bonsai designer to create the desired general form and make detailed branch and leaf placements.
  • Clamping using mechanical devices for shaping trunks and branches.
  • Grafting new growing material (typically a bud, branch, or root) into a prepared area on the trunk or under the bark of the tree.
  • Defoliation, which can provide short-term dwarfing of foliage for certain deciduous species.
  • Deadwood bonsai techniques such as jin and shari simulate age and maturity in a bonsai.


Bible verses I looked up this  morning:

    The Great Tree Is Made Small and the Small Tree Great ] God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, make a riddle for the house of Israel. Tell them a story. Say, ‘God, the Master, says: “‘A great eagle with a huge wingspan and long feathers, In full plumage and bright colors, came to Lebanon And took the top off a cedar, broke off the top branch, Took it to a land of traders, and set it down in a city of shopkeepers. Then he took a cutting from the land and planted it in good, well-watered soil, like a willow on a riverbank. It sprouted into a flourishing vine, low to the ground. Its branches grew toward the eagle and the roots became established— A vine putting out shoots, developing branches.
  • Behind and underneath all this there is a holy, God-planted, God-tended root. If the primary root of the tree is holy, there’s bound to be some holy fruit. Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and you wild olive shoots were grafted in. Yet the fact that you are now fed by that rich and holy root gives you no cause to crow over the pruned branches. Remember, you aren’t feeding the root; the root is feeding you.
  • Psalm 91:4

    He will cover you with his feathers,
        and under his wings you will find refuge;
        his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

All in all I think this is supposed to be a good dream. I am going to new places, I have packed everything I needed, and maybe the bonsai tree is to show that God is sill forming and controlling everything, and I can be free like the bird. 

I don’t have to be weighed down, maybe this is validation that stepping back out of that role was a God decision.

What do you think? Anything I missed? Comment below.

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