Because the man in the dream was not her husband, he probably does not represent the Lord himself, rather one of the Lord’s representatives (in a way, an elderly woman speaks of experience). Without the trigger, it is not easy to interpret the dream. I think this is an emotional restoration dream. Ethel is just a bit concerned that a person who is close to her (because she has access to his preparation, see “Clothes”) or a person who represents the Lord, may be influenced by other people who want to hide or downplay Ethel’s abilities or her qualifications. This may be related to Ethel’s job or career.
Fortunately, she has confidence in herself and in her abilities, and in her qualifications so she is not worried too much about this. So my feeling is that there was just a small incident at work or in the church or about a specific person that triggered this dream. Nothing serious.
On the other hand, Dino’s interpretation makes sense as well, but, not about the Lord but a person at work or a representative of the Lord. It all depends on what the trigger was.