FLOWER MOUND (CBS 11 NEWS) – Have you ever had one of those unforgettable dreams that you know means something, but you’re just not sure what?
A dream, like a coded message, can leave a dreamer searching for its hidden meaning.
Ingrid Fiehn has been searching for the meaning of her dream since she was just 4-years-old.
“It frightened me a little bit when I was little,” recalled the now 50-year-old. “This lady was at the beginning of a tornado, tornado. And, she was holding hands with this baby girl.”
Fiehn traveled from Monterrey, Mexico to Flower Mound to learn about dreams from John Paul Jackson, who says he learned how to interpret them from the bible.
“I’ve discovered about 20 different categories in scripture,” said Jackson, who’s researched every dream in the bible. “It tells you where God wants you to go, tells you what God wants you to escape. It gives you warning dreams. It gives you calling dreams, meaning what your life is about, your purpose, where you’re going in your particular life.”
Jackson’s teaching sites Joseph in the New Testament, who was warned in a dream. Also, Joseph in the Old Testament who accurately interpreted the dreams of a cupbearer and a baker: There was restoration for one and death for the other.
Jackson explained,” Bread lasts one day. The birds come [and] they eat that bread. When the basket comes off it means you’re one day closer to your head coming off.”
Jackson, who often takes his dream ministry to the streets, said God, uses familiar symbols in our dreams today.
There are things like trains, cars, and tall buildings, which is where 14-year-old Shawn George found himself in a recurring dream.
“I’m scared out of my mind,” George said of the dream. “And, I’m like falling and falling and falling. And, when I’m at the landing point, I don’t hit the ground. Someone catches me, but I never get to see their face.”
Jackson told the teenager he’d had an incredible dream. “The tall building, a hundred stories tall, represents what God has created you to become,” he told the boy. “There’s a sense you’re not sure you’re going to be able to achieve that call. And, the Lord’s given you that dream to let you know, even if you did happen to fall off that building, He is there to catch you.”
So what did Shawn think of the analysis? “Well, I thought it was quite factual,” he said.
Jackson would speak with Laurie Tirmenstein and her daughter was next.
Laurie is bothered by dreams of losing her daughter. Jackson told her, “God let you have that dream so He can address that issue of fear.”
For Laurie, who’s been struggling in life, the interpretation was a relief. “We both have doubted that God wants to intervene in our lives. I think God’s going, ‘But I really care about y’all,’” she said.
As for Ingrid Fiehn and her childhood tornado dream, there was validation for the circumstances surrounding her adoption at birth. Jackson told her, “Great turbulence caused that decision to be made.”
When asked why she chose to bring up that dream after so many years Fiehn said, “I need confirmation. I needed to know.”
Jackson said the most important thing his students can learn from his dream classes is, “That God’s real.”
Though dreams may seem like encrypted messages, John Paul Jackson believes God has already provided clues to the code.