I woke up at 1:53am in a panic. I’d had a terrible dream of being attacked by Lions in a river. I hadn’t eaten before bed, which is typically when such a horrific dream would occur, so I didn’t understand the cause of it. But the more it sat on my spirit, the more I realized that this was God at work.
I’ll prelude this story but saying that it’s very rare that I remember my dreams. I usually pray for peace in my mind before I lie down at night to prevent the enemy from attacking my mind as I sleep.
I was in a place of sin with four other individuals, a place I had no business being. My phone rang and I had to step outside of where we were to take the call, but I had every intention on going back. ***I am intentionally not divulging where I was, because I do not want it to distract from the main part of the dream.***
Upon my exit, I found myself immediately in a panic. Surrounded by violently rushing waters, with Lions all around me in the water. Although the waters were violent, it did not phase the Lions. They surround me, staring me down. Silent. Still. Just silently staring at me, not phased by the rushing waters.
In a panic, I grabbed what was closest to me to defend myself against the Lions. A silver metal fence appeared to surround my body, but it was loose enough for me to protect myself with, yet defend myself against the Lions.
I hurled the end of the fence at the Lions, trying to keep them away from me. The end of the fence would hit them, but they still did not attack me. They remained still, silent.
It was not until I tried to run back to the place I was that they became violent toward me. As I tried to escape back to that sinful place, they roared at me and stepped closer to me. Trapping me on the little island surrounded by the rushing waters.
I opened my eyes from the dream. Instead of ignoring it and falling back asleep, I got up and began to research what this dream could mean. I grabbed my phone and searched the web.
This is what I found: https://www.symbolic-meanings.com/2007/11/08/symbolic-meaning-of-lions/
To sum it up, the Lions represented God. The King, the ultimate Authority. I was in place of sin, somewhere I had no business being. It was no coincidence I received that phone call to leave. It was my way out. When I left, the Lions (GOD) would not allow me to go back into it.
I think of 1 Corinthians 10:13 that says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
God will always give us a way out of sin. Sin is so tempting, especially when it involves pleasing the desires of our flesh, but God, the Lion, doesn’t want us to live in sin. He will give us an alternative. And because He loves us so much, he will sometimes keep us out of our own way- He will not allow us to continue to make poor choices.
Even when I found against God, the Lions, with the fence, he never left me. The Lions, God, never tried to attack me. They were there to keep me from going back.
Which brings me to another topic. When you repent (Turn), don’t allow yourself to turn back. When God delivers you from a stronghold, stay in your delivers. Our enemy will always tempt us to go back to where we came from, our comfort place, but stay on the path of righteousness.
I find it interesting that as violent as the waters were, the Lions were not moved. It reminds me that God is ultimately in control. The is the Alpha and the Omega. He controls the violent waters, which are symbolic of the tribulations in our lives. He is not moved by our circumstances, He is moved by our faith.
Keep believing and trusting in God to remain faithful to you, and remain faithful to Him.
“To see a fence in the water symbolizes an emotional barrier that you are building up around you. You are afraid to reveal your true feelings and don’t want to let people in. The condition of the fence is analogous to your emotional state.” source: http://dreammoods.com/cgibin/dreamdictionarysearch.pl?method=exact&header=dreamsymbol&search=fence
It’s interesting that the fence symbolizes secrecy. But when I think about the Lions still being there in the waters, it lets me know that we cannot hide anything from God. Our deepest, darkest secrets or sins, God still sees. We have to hand it over to Him and let him deliver us from the things that are holding us back from him.
As I reflect over this dream, I continue to think about its purpose. What is God trying to say to me, specifically. What changes is He asking me to make in my own life. For anyone reading this, my prayer is that you ask yourself those same questions. Communicate with God and ask him for guidance and your change your life for the better.
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