I have nightmares that make me weep.
Dark thoughts unbidden from the deep.
Disturbing dreams that make me wonder,
Where did I get their ugly thunder?
The haunting of my sleep.
Then I think of Joseph, the dreamer from of old.
A baker asked Joseph what his dream foretold.
In this nightmare birds picked at his bread.
“It means three days till you’re hanged and dead.”
Shaken I ask, “What’s my dream’s meaning?”
This ugliness my mind is weaving.
Do they reflect what I am inside?
Take them, please take them, I can’t abide.
The Lord’s response:
Three days I spent in death’s dark terror,
that your nightmares may be condemned as error.
I arose with dawn just and true.
be assured I have good dreams for you,
Remember this, the fight’s been won.
My mercy is new as the coming sun.
Each morning I awake of this I know,
His unfailing love won’t me let go.
So if fears and hurts plague your thought,
Know that each one He has bought
and buried forever in the deepest hell.
That you might draw joy from salvation’s well.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies. Psalm 23:4-5
Dear Stephen Hufman,
I really ‘love’ this poëm. My horrifying dreams and nightmares brought me to despair this week. I prayed… Now reading this feels a bit like an answer to my prayer. Thank you for writing this. Thanks to Jesus for all He has done for us…
Thank you for your comment. It is good to know God can even use our nightmares for His glory.