I recently read an interesting, but three-year old, article on Mike Lindell. You may not know him, but he is the owner of MyPillow, a business he started in 2004 that manufactures a poly-foam pillows.
According to MyPillow’s website, the pillows are made up of interlocking fill that adjusts to your sleeping position and it has been very successful and many testify that the pillow has changed their lives.
Now the article, The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King, was written in 2017, so it is a bit dated. The company, based in Chaska, Minnesota, had sold over 26 million pillows and employs about 1,500 people with annual sales of around $260 million at that time.
But what really caught my attention is where Lindell got the idea for his unique pillow. The byline for the article reads:
According to Lindell, he got the idea for the pillow in a dream he had in 2003 and woke up the next morning with an idea for the name and even logo design.
But he was also a drug addict. At the time, Lindell owned a series of bars and had a serious drug problem, that was destroying his life.
And in fact, Lindell’s drug addition nearly destroyed his pillow business. He finally realized if he didn’t end it, his addiction would destroy everything and on January 16, 2009, he held one final drug and alcohol fueled party and has been sober and drug -free ever since.
But because Lindell received the idea for the pillow through a dream, I wondered if there was more to this story, because God speaks to people today through dreams.
Joel prophesied that at end of the age, God was going to pour His Holy Spirit on “all” people, and one of the spins offs of this is that they would receive visions and dreams (Joel 2:28-32).
“All people” includes Christians and non Christians alike. It includes Muslims, atheists and agnostics. It includes your neighbors and your relatives. God is not only pouring out His Holy Spirit on them, He may also give them dreams and visions.
God is doing these things to draw people to Jesus. But there are more to dreams that just that.
The Egyptian pharaoh, who I presume was probably a non-believer, received a dream of seven fat cows being consumed by seven thin cows (Genesis 41:1-4).
Joseph successfully interpreted this God-given dream that there was going to be seven years of bounty, that would be totally consumed by seven years of famine. This allowed Joseph to economically prepare for this coming devastation during the good years (Genesis 41:25-36).
But the key is that God gave this warning dream to a non-believer, the Pharaoh. It also tells us that God will speak economic dreams to people. God wants us to prosper.
So when I read that byline of how Lindell got the idea of MyPillow in a dream, I wondered if that dream was from God. If so, there would be a spiritual twist to Lindell’s story and sure enough, I saw that he was a Christian.
The article doesn’t mention when Lindell became a Christian, but the author Josh Dean noted:
Lindell wrote a book on his life change and there had even been discussion with Christian actor Steven Baldwin to produce a Christian movie on Lindell’s life.
The story is this: God is pouring out His Holy Spirit on all people, including those who don’t believe. He is even giving some dreams and visions. So if you feel God leading you to share your faith with another person, expect that God has gone ahead and been speaking to them in ways you may not even been aware.