On May 18, 2016 I had a dream in which I was explaining to a woman that, when I was a kid, I had wanted to be a backhoe operator. As I was explaining this too her I could see a backhoe in full operation right in front of us. It was digging a rather deep hole in the ground, too. As we watched the backhoe digging away; I told the woman that I didn’t know at the time that I would need a driver’s license before I could become a backhoe operator.
When I had awakened from the dream I found myself totally relaxed and pleasantly surprised. It is true that when I was like around age six and clueless that I wouldn’t be able to do certain things because of my visual impairment; I had thought as a young boy that driving a backhoe around and digging holes with it would be the perfect job for me when I grew up. So, around four decades later, I was just a tad bit surprised to have this backhoe thing come up in a very vivid and life like dream.
“Now,” not being able to pursue backhoe operation in reality I think is self-explanatory. Having had a majority of my vision take a hike when I was seventeen; there are a lot of things I thought I might be able to do as a career option which vision loss has made null and void. Of course, because of my vision loss, I do find that there are plenty of things I can do that a lot of sighted people can’t. So, on that front, “It’s all good.”
What this backhoe dream means: There are a few different things that come to mind right away when it comes to seeing and hearing a backhoe in full operation right in front of me. These are my own associations, thoughts and ideas having to do with backhoes. Backhoes suggest to me things like…
- Possessing the Ability to move the earth, or move mountains using raw power.
- Tending to drag the “dirt” in towards myself.
- Digging my own pit.
“Now,” the second and third points do have some rather negative connotations. However, since I was explaining in the dream that I wanted to be a backhoe operator, “before I found out I would never be able to get a driver’s license,” it all seems to balance out, as far as what the dream was intending to show me.
Because I was not licensed by God to be a backhoe operator…
- I may not move the earth, or mountains through sheer force; at least not in the way that a backhoe would permit me to do it.
- I may not drag “dirt” towards myself, which is actually a good thing.
- I am not permitted to dig my own pit, which is also a good thing.
It should be noted here that I’m looking at “dirt” as being a symbol of negative situations or people. A backhoes greatest power is derived from scooping the dirt towards itself before it can lift it up and move it. In that sense; backhoes are handy for doing excavation work. But their tendency to get up close and personal with the dirt they are moving or removing isn’t always the kind of metaphor that one would want to use for, “A good way to deal with negative people or situations.”
Also, I am aware that being able to move mountains is generally seen as a good ability to have. However, one doesn’t require the raw power of a backhoe “to move mountains” (so to speak) if they have faith in God.
Am I saying that a backhoe can also be a symbol for one attempting to move mountains through sheer force of will, alone? “Yes!” And, since a backhoe can move only so much, it does stand to reason that raw power without God’s assistance will only get me so far. Besides, unlike God, “Backhoes eventually do run out of gas.”
So, all in all, a dream like this serves to remind me that, “I am not licensed to move the earth or mountains via sheer force of will,” or the raw power we all tend to think we can generate on our own. The only real way to deal with anything is by talking to God about it, “First.”