Question 4: Do you stand out for God?

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!”      Revelation 3:15

I was in the market for a new car. Most of the cars at the dealership were not exactly extraordinary. The majority were drab, dented, old-looking, and various shades of dust gray. The only one with any kind of noticeable feature had three bucket seats in the front with a seat belt for each one… weird. But still too gray to suit me.

There were only two cars that stood out in a nice way, and they were beauties. The first was a bright yellow Mustang convertible with chrome that sparkled, and a brand new paint job. I was dazzled.

But then I saw another car, about the same size, a beautiful royal blue. It, too, looked shiny and new, although it didn’t shout “Look at me! Look at me!” quite as loudly as the convertible. 

When I came home, I told my husband which ones I liked, and he agreed to take a look at them. But when we returned to the showroom, neither the blue car nor the yellow car were on display. I asked the dealer if they had been sold, and he said, “No, they’ve just been put away.”

Then I woke up.

The dream had been very vivid, and as it was unusual for me to remember my dreams, I tried to piece it together, recalling things I had learned in a dream interpretation course years ago.

Life is a journey, and our lifestyle could be seen as our “vehicle.”

Colors in dreams have great significance. For example, white denotes purity; black suggests darkness or death, and purple, royalty. Red, like blood, represents sacrifice, and green is the color of life. In the years that I kept a dream diary the interpretation of colors helped me understand many of my dreams.

According to the teacher/counselor, gray is neutral. Blue (like the sky) represents “the heavenlies” or the Kingdom of God. (“Royal blue” makes particular sense here.) The most surprising color in this lesson was yellow. I liked yellow, and had always thought of it as sunshine and happiness, but the counselor said that it can also represent sin, evil, even hell. (Yellow is the color of sulfur/brimstone.) With that suggestion I found that I could suddenly make sense of one of my most baffling dreams.

And now an interpretation of the car-shopping dream began to take shape. (If any of you have any other thoughts, please share them.)

We each have choices to make as to how we’re going to navigate through life. Most people choose a lifestyle that’s pretty neutral. (“I’ll be nice to you if you’re nice to me,” “taking care of me and my family,” “looking out for Number One,” “don’t rock the boat,” “close enough,” etc.)

However, there are a few passionate people who stand out and get noticed.

One group is made up of those who don’t merely opt for pleasure, they go out of their way pursuing it, with little or no thought to the people around them. They plunge head-long into self-indulgence, excess, and “pushing the envelope.” And they do get noticed. Some admire them, others hate them, but according to them, “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” They perform their sin publicly, make millions selling recordings of it, and give one another awards for doing it. It is a lucrative and attention-getting lifestyle.

The others who stand out are sold out to God. Although almost always law-abiding, their citizenship is not of this world. The ways in which they seem to shortchange themselves to benefit others doesn’t make sense in this culture. But although seen as “foolish” by much of the world, they appear to be the most at peace with themselves and life in general. These people don’t feel a need to call attention to themselves, and their sacrifices may not be noticed right away. Still, the good that they do cannot be hidden forever. Most people don’t understand why they do what they do, and some even hate them for it. But people can’t help respecting them, however reluctantly.

I had three choices reflected in my dream – buy into the ordinary and blend in with everyone else, or choose something exceptional. One choice was a flashy one – a life of blatant, selfish pursuit of ego-satisfying and pleasurable experiences. Or I could choose something equally beautiful but not quite as ostentatious, a life of radical living for the Kingdom of God. These choices were obvious at first, but if I delayed, they were “put away,” and I would have to search a little harder to find them. It’s easier to choose early.

The habits we form early in life are easier to maintain. Coming to Christ as a child has been a huge blessing to me. Although I have had my times of straying, my Shepherd has always brought me back, and the experience has merely reinforced what I already knew to be true – His way is the way, and He always knows best. Since I don’t know what it’s like to grow up without knowing Him, I can only speculate how difficult it is trying to change a lifestyle as an adult; I don’t dare judge. But I do know that choosing His way is worth more than anything the world has to offer.

I’d like to think that, had that dream continued, I picked the beautiful royal blue car and used it to “do all things to the glory of God.” But I’m awake now.

Still, I can see to it that every choice I make is one that glorifies Him.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for promising to give me wisdom when I ask. Don’t let me just blend in with the world. Make me the kind of radical Christ-follower who impacts history, whether or not I ever get noticed for it. In Jesus’ name and for His glory, Amen.

23 thoughts on “Question 4: Do you stand out for God?

    1. I find it fascinating, too. In fact, when I was taking that class in dream interpretation I had to quit keeping a dream journal, because I had so many dreams that by the time I got through writing them down and analyzing them, I didn’t have enough time for my real life! 😀

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  1. I had a dream very similar to your about 6-7 months ago with similar colours. Red, blue, and yellow. These were on a shield. I am no dream interpreter by any means but what I got from my dream was this. Red-The Way-Christ’s Blood, Blue-Divine Truth, Yellow-The Breath of Life. The Way the Truth and the Life. I think what maybe you saw as gray, may have been red. I say this because that part of our your chapter is finished. You are already saved by Christ blood. The sacrifice in the outer court is done thus maybe why you saw all the dust/dents. We are all being called to walk in truth and life! We are all being called to move to the Holy Place and Holy of Holies. I am not sure if this makes sense. Like I said I am no dream interpreter by any mean but this is what I get based on my own dream. God Bless You! Praise God.

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  2. Interesting ideas. Blue is good, but I can’t help but thinking of an actual car I owned that did stand out.

    Red, pale grey interior, sun roof, all the bells and whistles. It was a maintenance nightmare!! I overheard two women talking about it, “Maybe I’ll have a car like that when my ship comes in…” I remember thinking, “You’d be better off if that ship sinks!” And, the next week or so, I traded it in for a totally reliable car. A blue one!

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  3. Haha, love it. I remember reading that statistically, red cars get into more accidents than other colors. You would think it would have been the opposite, because red is so easily seen, but it had to do with the kind of personality that would choose a (bright) red car, the personality that’s more likely to drive recklessly? (present company excluded, of course. 😉 )
    A thought that occurred to me after writing this was that a non-convertible (like the blue car) is also a lot safer than a convertible…

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  4. I have an awesome dream book that bases dreams on scripture. It’s called, “Understanding the Dreams you Dream,” by Ira Milligan. It has an index with categories like colors, animals, numbers, vehicles., etc. For example, it gives the meaning of the color yellow, then gives 1-2 scriptures to explain with simple and concise meaning. I have found it to be very accurate! You may already know what particular gifts God has given you to bring Him glory. But ask yourself if there are 2 particular ones that are lying dormant. Also, was the convertible top up or down?

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    1. I believe the convertible was open – not safe!
      That sounds like an interesting book, especially since it provides Scriptures. One thing our instructor emphasized was that we are not to form doctrines from our dreams! They need to be interpreted in light of biblical truth. If we come up with an interpretation that contradicts the bible, we’re interpreting it wrong!

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      1. Amen to that! I totally agree that dreams are not to form doctrines. And I totally agree with what you are saying in your post! Thank you so much for sharing! God simply uses dreams to lead and guide us, like He did Joseph in the Bible and others. I hope I didn’t come off as offensive or sounding like some sort of spiritual dream guru interpreter! My apologies if so! Definitely not my intentions! 🤗 🤗 Just sharing a helpful, friendly and peaceful perspective. 🤗 Some dreams don’t mean anything. This dream sounds important for your life. The fact that you chose the newer cars sounds like an awesome thing to me! This book is in agreement with what you shared about the convertible. Automobile- life: person; ministry. New car= new ministry or new way of life. Blue-spiritual: spiritual gift—medium or dark blue = God’s Spirit, etc.
        yellow- gift : a gift from or of God.

        I am excited and happy for you! It sounds like there is a new ministry for you on the horizon using some of your God-given talents or maybe even some new ones! God is blessing you no matter what it means! I pray that God keeps leading and guiding you and pouring out His blessings on you! Hope you have a wonderful day! God Bless!

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  5. I was wondering why it was written in italics. Ah! A dream! I don’t recall mine all that much, either.
    This post left me almost speechless. Your in-depth analysis was impressive.
    Maybe you had some real life choices to make recently? And the dream was there to help illustrate it. After you’ve made that decision, the cars were put away?

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  6. I wasn’t aware of any specific life decisions I was making, just a daily awareness that being a Christ-follower has become a little less mainstream and will soon become a lot harder. We need to be ready to be the “weird” people who follow Jesus regardless of what the rest of the world is doing.

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