The Dream within a Dream within a…

20 04 2013

How do dreams die?  Last year, we hosted a church’s young adult group in our home, and we watched a DVD series on financial responsibility.  The speaker appropriately started his talk with this maxim about dreaming, “If you can’t dream it, you can’t have it.”  He goes to explain that dreaming is hope.  And while those thoughts are good, when our dreams take time to materialize, it is hard to continue holding on to the dream.  Discouragement and doubt can become constant companions during the delay between having a dream and seeing it come true.

So what do we do during the delay? I actually think the process of waiting is where we get the strength to hold on to our dreams until they are realized.  The bible says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov 13:12  So while there are delays, we must resist discouragement and doubt.  I like how the Randy Pauch in the Last Lecture puts it:

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

What exactly is “badly enough?” I think several places in scripture define it well, and two, in particular, stand out to me.  The first is in Deuteronomy 4:29, “But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”  This verse occurs in the middle of the Pentateuch, and the author is describing the children of Israel being scattered in the future.  This seeking the LORD doesn’t mean that He’s lost or hard to find, but it has more to do with the things that get in the way.  The second passage comes Matthew 7:7-8, “7 Keep asking, and it will be given to you.  Keep searching, and you will find.  Keep knocking and the door will be opened. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches find, and to the one who knocks the door will be opened.” We won’t have every prayer answered in the affirmative, we won’t find everything we seek, and we have every door opened for us.

Do you have a dream from the LORD? Has it been a while since he gave you that dream? How have you responded?  I pray that God will give you sustainable joy during that delay. 

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