reply to post by DelayedChristmas
I saw your post just after you put it up but I wasn't able to study it in detail then so I bookmarked the thread to check back later. So as you're
still waiting for actual interpretation, I'll do my best.
I'll start by saying that I don't draw on any of the many lists of dream subjects and meanings that are available; I find that while they're
interesting it's best to take each dream within its own complete context and also with regard to the one who dreamed it.
Okay, now down to details. You have given witness to your faith in your introduction and also said that you have asked to be shown what God's plans
are for you. So, I will look at the dreams with those key points in mind.
In the first dream you give the location as in a "castle-like corridor". So, seeing as castles weren't built just to be cold and draughty places to
live in, but were often also for defense from attack and a place for some of the district Lord's soldiers to stay, I'd say your location symbolizes
you being within the Lord's house. Simply put, you dwell (live) in and through your faith in God. You could even see yourself as a soldier for the
The elderly woman could be symbolic of an "elder" within a church. As you know, not all elders or lay leaders in a church are old, but symbolically
that would fit. And as you also know, not all of those who exhibit the outward signs of their faith (eg going to church) actually live with that faith
within. What we perceive is not always what is really there, and the reality of some of them is far from pleasant.
And, you recognized this! Her face turning upside down symbolized her "real" face, rather than the one she shows publicly. In other words, her real
self: the opposite of what we usually see. Ditto the eyes. As they are the "window to the soul", what we see there gives us a good idea of what is
truly within that person.
Summary: even within your Lord's house, you are not free from attack by those who seek to deceive you, though they go to church and seem to worship
with you. "Don't lose faith" is both a warning and a command: hold firm to your faith and don't be led astray, even when those who lead you that way
seem to be among the most faithful themselves. Place your ultimate faith in the One who is above all of them.
The second dream is about temptation. Temptation itself
is not the problem, it's what tempts us and how we respond to it that can be!
Temptation is just a development of desire, and in a way, stems from the natural levels where we have "needs", such as for food, clothing, shelter,
being valued and loved and so on.
Ask yourself this question and then after thought and (if you wish) after prayer, answer it: "What has tempted me recently, and how did I respond?"
(No need to tell me. The answer is for yourself, not us.)
You saw a wallet filled with money and also containing a pearl necklace. You were tempted by the money and you took $20. Even though you had to act
cautiously so your friend wouldn't know, you gave in to that temptation.
But two points here: the first is, why did you take only $20 and not more? Secondly, why did you not take the pearl necklace? The answer to the first
is that you are not greedy. Just temptable.
And the second? DelayedChristmas, do you know the parable of the "Pearl of Great Price"?
I can almost hear you say, "Ahhh...Right!"
You were drinking of the waters that are Life, then you were tempted by a material thing of this world, but the pearl necklace, that symbolizes
Pearl of Great Price, you ignored and left where it was.
And then, when the couple returned, you repented: "Right before I told her that I stole money, I awoke from the dream."
In other words, you had already realized that what you did was wrong and wished to return the money and seek forgiveness. But while that is good, it
means more than that!
In summary, the dream says this: you know what your source of Life is and you drink from it thirstily, but still you are tempted by the material
things of this world and sometimes you falter. (As we all
do!) But next time you are tempted this way, look instead to the Pearl of Great Price
(that is one with the waters of Life) and remind yourself of where your real
So, both dreams give guidance. Putting the two messages together, it's possible that you may be offered the chance to do something that on the surface
seems very attractive (and perhaps lucrative), but be wary, and make sure that if the offer comes from a fellow believer in your faith, this person is
not one who has "two faces". And also, could accepting the offer perhaps take away your focus on the Pearl? If it could, then you know that it is
probably not within the plan God has for you.
edit on 20/11/11 by JustMike because: minor rewrite for clarity