Dream

Union Station

[as published in the December 2014 MorningStar Journal, p32.]

(early hours November 2nd, 2008)

Obama buttonI am in a Democratic Party convention or celebration of some type. I know this because I look down and see a name on my name tag that is not mine, but instead “Eve Porter” (a young Democrat I used to debate in high school). The convention is set in the grand hall of a train station in Washington D.C. (Union Station?).

The scene shifts to the train platform. I see a brand-new shiny “silver bullet” style passenger train being unveiled at the platform. It was like a send-off celebration of this train. Everyone there got on board. I was in the front car. I marveled at this new train. It was modern, sleek, computer controlled, and had a sweeping windshield through which I could see panoramically out the front. But there were no human controls or any sign of an engineer. The only control was a large red button (like a panic button) mounted on a pedestal.  I took this to be the emergency brakes of the train. I looked up and left and saw a digital readout (like you would see on a newer subway car). As the train got going, this readout read “60” mph in red LEDs.

silver bullet train left to rightAfter the train departed the station, I had a sense of time passing. As I settled in and got busy with routine activities, I also had this distinct sense that everything economically appeared to be returning to normal, thus I could just relax and enjoy the ride. The markets were coming back. The economy was on the rise. Everything seemed well.

panic button pedestalSince I was in the first car, I could clearly see way down the tracks. We seemed to be in a dimly lit tunnel. There were several train tracks adjacent to ours to the left. I could see the headlights of an oncoming train. At first, I simply assumed it was on one of the adjacent tracks. But as I peered down the tracks, I wondered – is this train on the same track as we are? By the time I figured it was, I panicked and immediately hit the red button. But it was too late. The oncoming train didn’t slow much at all, and collided head-on into us at full speed. Catastrophic train wreck.

End of dream.

Interpretation

I had this dream 2 days before the 2008 National elections. On November 4th, the Democratic Party swept the Presidency, Senate, and Congress by sizable margins.  So the dream pretty clearly portended the immediate election results. What’s more important though, is the imagery of the silver train.

I believe the “silver bullet” train represents a movement of the Nation into the policies and governance of the Democratic Party in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis. Particularly, President Obama’s vision (along with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) of government and public policy being the answer to catalyzing and stewarding recovery. The fact that this train was new and shiny, represented a new direction for the Nation. “Silver Bullet” is a word play on the idiom of a singular solution to a major prevailing problem. The major prevailing problem being the economy and the global financial crisis.

Notably in the dream, as time went on I felt reassured that everything was returning to “normal” economically and in the financial markets. This is a critical detail, as it points to the economic and financial implication of the dream. This too has been fulfilled in the – all be it weaker than hoped – recovery of 2009-2013. Certainly, the financial markets have returned to new highs.

No Controls

The “run away” aspect of the train (no controls, ineffective brakes), I believe has a two-fold interpretation. First, it represents the unfettered run from 2008-2010 which the Democratic Party used to implement their vision of governance for the United States. Legislation was passed, regulations were created, taxes were raised and money was spent without much political opposition or restraint. Second, because there has been little or no brakes on spending, the Federal debt is on track to double by the end of the Obama Administration. The ballooning Federal debt has created a financial ticking time bomb and is widely viewed as unsustainable.

Train Wreck

train wreckSo, what does the train wreck represent? Given the economic / financial market aspects of the dream, I believe the train wreck represents another financial crisis. This one will be bad. How bad, only time will tell. The crisis of 2008 almost resulted in the total collapse of the global financial markets. We were a hair’s breadth from financial Armageddon – a total failure of the monetary, economic and banking system as we know it. Now, the central banks and governments of the U.S., Europe, and Japan particularly are in a much weaker position to fiscally respond to another financial crisis.

60 red led readoutWhat does the number “60” mean? I believe 60 biblically represents man (6) being weighed in the balance (10). Given that we the people of the United States have allowed God to be pushed away in one way or another, and instead have turned to man and man’s wisdom to solve the problems of our day, with great rancor and little practical honoring of “love your neighbor as yourself”, we are about to reap what we’ve sown.

Timing

I believe the time frame of the Obama Presidency is also important to interpreting the dream. I.e., that the coming train wreck will occur during this administration. This too has been partially fulfilled given President Obama’s reelection to a second term in 2012. Meaning, it made sense to me that since no financial / economic “train wreck” yet occurred prior to the 2012 elections, that Obama would remain as President for a second term.

So, What to Do?

LOAF_OF_BREADCritically, the answer lies not in unbridled capitalism (worship of self and money), nor in government being provider (worship of self and money), nor blaming people who believe in these approaches, but rather in repenting for our wickedness and return to seek God’s face, trusting Him as our Provider. “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4.

I believe the terror of 9/11 was a harbinger of judgment and a call for the Nation to return to God. The financial crisis of 2008, the same. But, we as a people have not yet filled the bowls of repentance, nor have we changed our wicked ways (worship of self; idolatry of money). Therefor what now must come, must come. Let’s pray for God’s mercy. Let’s pray that this crisis serves as the wake-up call that brings us to true repentance as a people, starting in the Church, returning this Nation to God’s great purposes and plan.

Jesus remains our great and glorious hope. Let us return to Him as a people. “Return to Me, and I will return to you.” Zechariah 1:3.  As the Pilgrims and our Founding Fathers honored Him, may we also do.

The doctrines of Jesus are simple, and tend all to the happiness of mankind.” – Thomas Jefferson

Lord, may we once again be One Nation Under God.

2016 Update

With the selection of Donald Trump as the Republican nominee this year, has come the newly coined phrase: “Trump Train”. This may be significant in the context of the above dream, as the Democrat’s progressive “silver bullet” train continues along the same track with President Obama and now Democratic nominee Secretary Hillary Clinton. Is the Trump Train on a collison course with the Democrat’s progressive silver bullet train?