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I had a dream that I was a sheep, and I was walking through the field with my sheep friend.
(I imagine, this is symbolic because Jesus refers to us as his flock)
My friend asks if I know if there's any good grazing land, I say yes, I do. I take him to a beautiful garden with huge flowers in magnificant colors, it is cool, shaded, well watered and the grass is delicious.
My friend says, "Praise God! You are surely blessed for God to show you such wonders!"
I feel myself swell with pride, pawing at the ground confidently, I choose not to glorify God.
"Well, I've been living in these pastures a long time, I know this area inside and out."
Suddenly the clouds of heaven break open and a huge hand from the sky reaches down and grabs me.
(The hand of God possibly?)
It takes me out of the beautiful area and puts me up on a high mountain, that is covered with grass, enough to keep me alive, but nothing like the nice garden I left. The sun is beating hard on my back, there is no shade or no water.
(Jesus who is the living water? Maybe?)
I am alone and unhappy, and know that I'll never be able to find my way home.
A voice booms from the Heavens. "You are being punished."
I bleated out my sorrow and then woke up.
I am often afraid that I am not saved, I don't really understand the concept of it.
My friend tells me that because I try to improve myself and live life to God's standard I am trying to,
"earn my way to heaven through works and not grace," and thus am not saved.
Is this dream just my worry manifesting itself, or a very real warning?
All help is appreciated.
God bless you all.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil.