One of those random detailed and able to be clearly remembered dreams. Uh oh. lol
The dream took place at the college I attended, or at least I knew thats where it was. It didn’t actually resemble it at all.
So starts with a random malfunctioning elevator in my old residence hall. Entirely a normal occurrence there! But this time it meant that I was running late.
Everyone was dressed in a uniform, black shirts and a skirt that was plaid with a black background and green as the primary other color. No idea why, but it seemed normal. And the area outside the building was really busy, like the crowded halls between the busiest class times.
But this time we were going to a church, that was off campus… down a mulched hiking trail through a sort of forest. (none of this exists in real life… the area it filled would have been where the sports arena was)
I was supposed to be catching up to this girl named Amber, who was apparently a fairly close friend of mine, but I couldn’t get through the people to catch up to her. (Amber in real life is someone I knew vaguely in high school… but basically only enough to put the name to the face. She was a best friend of an acquaintance of mine from a bible study… and i think we may have had an english class together once)
While the conversation wasn’t really part of the dream, I knew that the reason I was following her to this church was because it was somewhere that K might attend. (K is someone I know online only through blogs, facebook, and chat… but know that she’s searching. She recently opened up a blog entry asking people how important God was to them and why… explaining she was raised catholic and wondering whether or not to return to that church when she didn’t feel anything there and didn’t feel any connection to God)
K was not in the dream after this point.. not at the church, nor did I notice that she wasn’t there. She was just the reason to be going.
Amber disappeared, and I ended up not able to see her. The church split into separate sections, each about 15 ft wide or so and long, set up more like a waiting room than a church with small groups of chairs facing different directions. But the decor was that of a very fancy church.
Eventually Amber showed up at the entrance to the section I’d been sitting in, and waved for me to follow her to another one. I couldn’t get through the main aisle from all the people still coming in, so I had to go down a side aisle, which meant a huge drop that I had to sit down and slide down… probably 6 feet or so… then an equally large climb into her section nearby. By the time I got there, I couldn’t actually get a seat next to her, but at least I could see her about 6 foot away from me, and behind me.
As everyone was settling down, a couple of girls behind me but facing the same direction started asking others in the area how much preparation they had done. It sounded more like studying for an exam type of questioning, but seemed weird to me even in the college setting, and sounded like they meant it as preparation for church, and as if a lot was expected.
As soon as everyone abruptly got settled down, they announced communion. But there were two different types of communion. The regular one was back in the direction we had come, and was the little cracker type and tiny cup of grape juice. But it was announced there was another one in the center area that had better “snacks”, for a fee. But it was also said that next week they would have even better snacks.
I stayed put after the effort to get where I was, but Amber went towards the regular communion. As she passed, I asked her if she had done any preparation, and she said no, and gave me a shrug that it was just silliness and didn’t matter. She went on past, and this was the last time I saw her.
So as everyone gets settled again, the sermon starts. And before I realize what is happening, the church sections are flying, like in a large circle… sort of like the swing ride at an amusement park. I then realize that they are actually airplane bodies that have been converted into a church…. and as my section flies around, I see an airport about 100 yards or so away.. so then it somehow makes sense.
The inside remains looking like a fancy church… though somehow my seat which would have been facing the inside of the circle is now facing the outside of it.
It flies around for a while, the sermon going on the entire time, but at a volume soft enough to be easily ignored. I’m starting to feel airsick.
And then, suddenly, we are plunged underwater… still going in a circle. The water level seems to be up to the top of the windows. But this water is filled with giant sharks and such.
One of the sharks is biting at my window… and his mouth is big enough to cover most of it. Even though it seems like we are still spinning, the shark stays at my window as if we were not.
Somehow this makes sense of an ocean being by the airport, so they must have just diverted part of it under us. (Have I mentioned I went to college in Illinois? No oceans.. and the airport was half an hour from the college)
Again, the sermon continues… I have no idea about what, as I was a bit distracted by my shark and worries of exactly how strong the glass was.
The church “lands” I guess you would call it, and everything comes back together… nothing looking wet or anything, all just as it had been before.
Most people are leaving, but some are going over to get another round of communion… of cheese. I catch someone I vaguely know (I think she was one of the girls talking about preparation), and I ask why cheese… and she tells me that cheese turns into a rock. She gets her cheese, then files into another elevated section thats narrower, and apparently has some sort of bench to kneel on that I can’t see from my angle, as people are kneeling in a single file row along the sides with their cheese and praying, but they aren’t low enough for it to have been on the floor.
I find another side door just past the cheese kneeling area… and find myself out of the crowd, on a paved sidewalk outside a very normal looking church. And the dream ends.
I think I’m a bit nervous about church this morning.