Sunday Salon: Reading Block

Have been slow in reading lately, due to work and a lot of activities going on until there’s no way in setting aside time to read.  Am trying to finish reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and send it off to the next reader waiting in line, but keeps putting off reading only a few pages.  The pace is real slow.  It has nothing to do with the book. The subject of the book is interesting – about suicide pact between two teenagers.  I have definitely enjoyed reading it and wanting to know more about what happened next, but just couldn’t continue fast enough.

The other day I had this funny nightmare.  It’s not scary and took only 5mins or less for it to be over.  I was sleeping turning to my right hand side, and suddenly I woke in the middle of the night and found my feet unable to move. I quickly turned over and saw this shadow in the shape of a book hovering above my bed (Haha… my friends laughed at me and said I have spent too much time reading and have become crazy). Perhaps it’s really true I have spent too much time in bookcrossing related activites. Anyway, I hope I’ll soon pick up the momentum in reading, and spend my time more wisely.

I have recently bought some movies which I hope to be able to watch soon – The Amazing Grace, The Other Boleyn Girl (I had read the book), and Blood Diamond about the Sierra Leone war and child soldiers.  Was introduced to this movie by a fellow bookcrosser after reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beal.

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Another Vivid Dream I Had

This was 1-2 years before that “mousy” dream I had. The dream was so vivid that until today I could still remember it.

I was in front of a faregate (like those in MRT stations), with police standing around to check our particulars. A wall behind this faregate blocked the view of what was inside. Once I passed through and turned right, a big airport came into view. It was a very beautiful airport no words could describe and so big. It was not our Changi Airport; yet, in the dream I knew I was in Singapore. In the dream I was very happy, and I greeted everyone I saw. The happiness exuded from me naturally. The first person I met in the dream was a Caucasian lady at one of the seats. I greeted her and even remembered what I said to her “big huh?” (Referring to the airport.)

After this I saw on my left a very big aquarium-like swimming pool in open air, encased with glass. Sunlight shone directly into the pool. There were different sea creatures swimming inside – those you see in the movie Nemo. Nemo was one of them, and they were all dressed in colourful coats. There were people standing around watching. In fact, the whole airport was brightly lit like a golden ray. It was a very cheery dream and I was very happy in it. The dream was so vivid that when I woke up I could still remember every detail.
Could this be heaven? The whole place was filled with golden light and so beautiful no words could describe. Maybe God was pushing me on, and trying to remind me that my citizenship is in heaven. Those who believe in Christ are on a journey of personal growth that is to last a lifetime. He’s telling me that we are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, that’s why the airport vision?

Dreams

This happened in Nov/Dec 2007. My cell mates & I decided to watch the movie “Ratatouille” and we agreed to meet at the cinema at 3 p.m. On the day of the meeting, I overslept and when I woke up it was already 3 p.m. I panicked as I found lots of messages and missed calls on my mobile. I started blaming myself and was already visualising being scolded by one of the friends. Anyway it was too late for me to rush down to the cinema. My friends would already have gone into the theatre. I went back to sleep and when I woke up again it was only 9a.m. Haha…what a dream but it was so real I’d thought it was real.

Are there some meanings to my dreams I do not know? Would it be good to have a friend like Joseph who can interpret them, like what he did to Pharaoh’s dreams in Genesis 41 v. 1-57.
I wonder whether God still speaks through dreams like in OT times, or he has stopped doing so after the Bible was completed. If God is still in the centre of everything we do, it could be that He’s trying to tell me something through dreams. If this is so, then He really has a sense of humour despite what Isaiah 53 v.3 said about Jesus being a Man of sorrows and grief. Or is it a case of 日有所思,夜有所梦? (In the days we reverie, in the night we dream!)

Everyone dreams in sleep. Amusing dreams, scary dreams, incredible dreams … Is there any dream that is providential? If you have the answer, please share with me.