I have a recurring dream which I’ve read is common among those who have been to college. In this dream it is the end of the semester and I suddenly realize that I have not been attending a class that I’m registered for. The final exam is looming ahead of me and I’m panicked because I haven’t done the work for the class. Thankfully, I usually wake up at this point and realize that I’m off the hook. It was only a dream.
I haven't dreamed that dream lately, but I instantly recognized it as one I have had from time to time. I've always been curious what it might mean, so I went to a dream interpretation site on the internet to find the following:
Description: You arrive late at the test room, after the test has begun, or you are unable to find the test room, or are handed a test for which you are completely unprepared or cannot finish in time. An alternate version would find you in a play, musical performance or sporting event in which you have forgotten your lines or music, are missing needed equipment, or simply don't know what to do.
Frequency: This is a fairly common nightmare, even for those long graduated from school. It typically occurs when you are feeling "tested" in waking life.
Usual meaning: You feel unprepared for something, that you will "never make the grade," or are playing the wrong part in your waking life.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Where do you feel tested or judged now in your waking life?
- Who is assessing you?
- What can you do to better prepare?
- How can you relax and handle things successfully?
- If you are in the wrong place or don't know your lines in a performance, ask yourself:
- What do I need to change in my waking behavior?
- What do I need to learn in order to improve or change roles?
- What am I missing to perform well?
- Where do I feel deficient?
I will be better prepared to "use" this dream should it recur in the future. I am struck by how frequently God gave direction to people in the Bible! In the events surrounding the birth of the Lord Jesus, for instance, it was in a dream that God informed Joseph of the miraculous details of Christ's birth AND a dream that informed the magi to return to their home by a different route! Of course, in the Old Testament, Joseph was given a special ability to interpret dreams.
I often record dreams in my journal when I remember them in the morning. Frequently, in writing the details, I have had insight into a situation in which I am involved...Have YOU had any unusual or recurring dreams? Have you ever gained insight from a dream?