After reading this I have to admit that I do not recall ever getting a message from an angel, let alone God, in a dream. However, that does not mean that God hasn't given me messages / direction, even if it took several attempts before I realized God was talking to me, not someone else.
God kept after me to go calling in Georgia, I finally did. He put people in my path encouraging me to teach, until I gave in and taught (not very well at first). I felt his pressure to serve in other ways. I would like to say that I listened to His voice and obeyed. However, my reaction wasn't immediate obedience, but that of reluctance to leave my comfort zone.
The comfort zone is a nice "horizontal" where I was content to just be a Christian. But not too much as that would cause me to work harder at serving and even to be tested. Too much time in this comfort zone could have prevented me from ever experiencing God in the "vertical" which is much more profound and will stretch you. It is interesting and also a blessing that God would not allow me to remain horizontal but pushed me toward the vertical.
Looking back, I now see my greatest periods of growth were nowhere near that comfort area I desired but instead when he stretched me to go vertical. A Preacher I once knew in Georgia stated "We need to get out of our comfort zone into the commitment zone." Are we committed? Do we dare to go vertical? I pray that God will continue to keep me from getting comfortable and keeps talking to me persistently, even if not in a dream!
Cary Howie @ DCC