Last night I had the strangest dream…

October 8, 2003



Actually, it was a few nights ago. I dreamed that I had decided to plant a church. I met with my pastor, who asked me for my 2-year plan. I replied, “Uh, we want to start a home group.” “And then?” “Uh, start more home groups.” I felt foolish.

I called up Mike Bishop to hear about his experiences and get some advice. I contacted Birgit and other members of our previous church back in the “early days”, when it was nothing but home groups for several years without a Sunday service. They had something special back then which has since been lost. When I asked how many members were converts, I was told 50%. Yes, fifty percent! Even with a Sunday morning service, it was clear to me that the energy of the church lay in its ordinary members meeting together. Then something shifted.

So in my dream, I was looking for reassurance and not finding much. I held an informational meeting for people to learn about the plant. Several people showed up. They all ended up leaving. Even Kay was sour on the idea of planting a home-based church, wondering what kind of experience our kids would have.

I have had “God dreams” before. This didn’t feel like one of those. I think I was just sleeping poorly because of our bed. We purchased it 12 years ago for around $150, and it had become lumpy and saggy. So a couple days ago we splurged and got a brand-new bed with thick cushy pillow-style top. Mmmm. No more strange dreams. It was just a dream.

Or was it?



Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

7 responses to Last night I had the strangest dream…

  1. Dreams are…
    1. Windows to our silent passions
    2. Windows to our inadequacies
    3. Windows to our desires
    4. Windows to the future
    5. Windows to the past
    6. Windows to God
    I totally ripped this off of somebody, but I can’t help it…it’s good stuff. The premise behind that list is that dreams can never be ‘nothing.’
    So, Jon, what was this dream to you? 1,2,3,4,5,or 6?

  2. 7. All of the above ?

  3. Fair enough. 🙂

  4. I think feeling foolish is a pre-requisite…

  5. Fascinating dream! I am having similar ones…about starting something new….always feeling inadequate or atleast not knowing the answers.
    Inadequacy = total dependence upon God = a good thing! :^D But very uncomfortable while it’s happening! :^(

  6. Hm, Rich’ comment reminds me of a song …
    “I can do nothing apart from you, teach me the power of total dependency….”
    😉