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I’m a Dreamer

I’m a dreamer.  I don’t mean it in some creative, “I have a dream” sort of way.  I mean I actually dream.  I can honestly say that I have a dream almost every night.  I will have a dream if I lay down and take a 20 minute nap.  Before I was married, I never knew it was so strange to dream this much.  Others tell me that they never dream at night; and if they do it’s rare.  So why do I dream so much?  Let me tell you about these dreams, and then I’m gonna jump on your shrink couch and let you help me with some dream interpretation.

I dream in color.  I dream with vivid and real-life detail.  Sometimes my dreams involve people I’ve only met once, like a memorable cashier at the grocery store; and sometimes I dream about people that I’ve never seen.  I do dream the most about people I know very well.  The thing is that people behave differently in my dreams than I have to assume they ever would in real life.  You should see yourself in my dreams!

I dream terrible nightmares.  I’m not someone tormented by nightmares, but when I have a bad dream it is hardly forgettable.  I have a couple of doozies that I had when I was much younger, and they still give me chills when I remember them.  Something about my dreams (and unfortunately nightmares) seem terrible realistic to me.  Often times when waking up from a dream, I have to walk around the room and convince myself it was just a dream.  Yes, I walk around and talk to myself.  What of it?

I dream about conflict.  Many of my dreams involve a great conflict that I’m struggling through.  And I’m talking real-life conflict, not fighting aliens.  These dreams involve me trying to decide the best way to fire someone at work, or how I can have a difficult conversation with my wife, or asking someone for money.  And it should be noted that rarely does the conflict actually occur in my dream, the dream itself is all the things leading up to the confrontation.

I dream about things I love.  I’m 35 years old, and I still dream of quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys or hitting leadoff for the Texas Rangers.  Strange, right?  It should also be noted, that in these dreams I’m as confused as you are as to how I can do these things, but people in my dream tell me I can.  If they believe it, then I have to believe it too…right?

Which leads me to the big one. I have one recurring dream.  The scenario changes from dream to dream but it always includes the same thing.  The dream involves everyone telling me something is right, that I know is wrong.  Sometimes I’m accused in my dream of doing something wrong.  The thing I’m accused of doing I have no memory of doing, but somehow I know I did it.  Then in my dream I’m trying to make it right, but everyone in my dream will tell me it was allright.  For instance, I’m accused of stealing money from someone and I’m working feverishly to turn myself into authorities, but my best friends are telling me not to.  My entire dream will consist of dialague around the topic of me trying to do the right thing.  I also have a variation of this where somebody I know has done something terribly wrong, but I’m the only one that thinks so.


So Dr. Frued-like reader…what does it all mean?

Or why don’t you share your most common dream?

You do dream, don’t you?

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.


  1. Jwheatley · March 15, 2011

    Our church has a team of trained people that seriously seek God and will interpret dreams. Go to this website to check it out: http://www.houseoffreedom.org/Groups/1000013884/Freedom_Christian_Center/Ministries/Prophetic_and_Dreams/Dreams_Ministry/Dreams_Ministry.aspx

  2. Lindsey Baker-Whitney · March 21, 2011

    I’m the same way, intense memorable dreams every single night. Several a night usually. Maybe your reoccurring dream is preparing you for a major decision — you know, one of those “Francis Chan leaving the good life because God told him to and the church going all nuts on him” type of thing. It won’t make sense to those around you, maybe even your closest friends, but in your heart, you’ll know what to do.

    Not to get all weird, but I do think people with vivid dreams might have a gift. I’ve never tried to develop it, but God has spoken in dreams before — even in the present day. Migth be worth thinking about!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

  3. Helen · March 23, 2011

    I dream a lot too. I do believe God uses our dreams to reveal things to us. Sometimes they are warnings to pray…think about the dreams in the Bible. They are obviously there for a reason – maybe to let us know God speaks through our dreams.

    Did you know dreaming in color is even more rare than just dreaming. There is a book called the prophetics dictionary that may help you with understanding the meaning of your dreams. If you are interested, you can email me at helen@rockwilmington.com I know there is a lot of flaky stuff out there but over the last two years I have gotten some of the most balanced (non-crazy) information about dreams I have ever heard and God has really used it to speak to me.

    • Jonathan Cliff · March 24, 2011

      I’ve never met anyone that dreams in color and in first-person as often as I do. Next time I have a dream, I’ll try and remember to email ya!

  4. Lynne Payne · March 29, 2011

    I frequently dream about showing up at church on a Sunday morning, and the kids are all there, and I’m not prepared! ha! That is probably a nightmare for some children’s pastors =) (this has never happened in real life, and I try to stay very much on top of things) I think it must be a pastor thing, because I’ve talked to several other pastors who have the same dream! I just talked to a senior pastor who said he regularly has dreams that he shows up at church, steps up to the pulpit, and doesn’t have a sermon ready. ha!