Reverie can encompass the past, present and future for it is defined as a dreamy meditation. It might involve nostalgia as well as hopes and plans for retirement. However, it often occurs as people try to deal with present events. Reverie might also be a conversation with oneself about the why and how of a situation.
For a Christian reverie can be a valuable tool during one’s daily devotions. As we read scriptures we can ask questions like, “Why did God include this passage and how does it apply to me?” “How could I be more like Jesus in my contacts with others?” “ Have I remembered to pray about a difficult situation?” “Do I have my priorities in the right order?”
During these conversations with ourselves, we will soon discover that the Holy Spirit is there to help us through the difficult and frustrating times ( Rom 8: 14-16). He will lead us (v 14) cry out to the Father for us ( v 15) and testify with our spirit that we are indeed God’s ( v 16). He will also help us in our weakness and voice for us the prayers we cannot express ( Rom 8: 26). The Godhead know each other’s thoughts ( v 27) ( 1 Cor 2: 10-12) and thus the Holy Spirit can intercede for the saints in accordance with God’s will ( Rom 8:27).
Be assured that the devil will often try to interject negative thoughts into our reverie. After all, he did that to Job through his wife ( Job 2:9) through Peter ( Mt 16: 22-23) and even to Jesus during His temptations ( Mt 4: 1-11). He will attempt to persuade us to neglect and discontinue these precious times of reverie and replace them with other time-consuming things.
During our reverie we can meditate on how God used His providence to help us escape physical and spiritual danger. We can reflect on what He is doing for us now. We can remember all the promises of an abundant life here and an glorious life hereafter that He will fulfill in heaven ( Jo 14:1-3) ( Rev 21: 3-4).
Submitted by Jery Bailey
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