I am dreaming right now...dreaming about our next trip, a new camera and telephoto lens, a trip to the coast for a worship night, and oh so many things.
Dreaming is oh so much more than "a wish your heart makes when you are fast asleep", to quote Cinderella. Dreams are how God speaks to us, dreams are the way we create, grow and look for new vistas. Dreams can lead us to new realities, new vision for ministry, new friends, new places.
Martin Luther King had a dream...
"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
His dream has, through many twists and turns, brought about a new reality in our nation. We may not have arrived, but without his dream, and his courage to speak it out, we might not have even come this far.
Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, the framers of our constitution...they all had dreams. And look what those dreams have brought to life.
My dreams drive me to prayer and then to Google. Hahaha...sounds so much more mundane doesn't it.
When I start dreaming about a trip, I start researching. I start looking at weather, places to stay, other traveler's reviews, plane tickets, and much more. For over 2 years, I have been dreaming of the Philippines. I think that will be our new trip this winter. We have found an excellent place to stay off the beaten path, with snorkeling and scuba diving, and lots of other exciting things to do it we want to. More on that later.
I have been dreaming and wishing for a new camera and lenses for about a year. Our last trip to Ocean Shores was the the last straw! The grainy and blurry photos that I took because of not having a telephoto lens started me dreaming a fresh dream, and yes...off to Google! I found a fantastic camera forum, a great review site for camera equipment, and lots of people to give me advice. I am hoping to have a new camera and lenses before we go on that next trip. I've been inspired to get the camera book out again for my little Canon G10 point and shoot and see if I can't get more out of it. Excited again to learn and grow in my photography.
Our issues, economic difficulties, stress, fast pace of life, all lead to a dream deficit. We get so bogged down and discouraged that we lose our dreams. What are your dreams? What dreams did you have 20 years ago that you have lost? God wants to revive your dreams and give you a new perspective. The past years are not a total loss. You grow in trials, and in difficulties, becoming a better more rounded and stable person, if you let God work in your life through them. How much more equipped are you today to see that dream come to life and to fruition than you were 5, 10, 20 or even 40 years ago. I am 56....not too old to dream big. I think even at 70, 80 or even older you can still dream. What is God putting on your heart? What dream have you let die thinking it was lost? Pull it out of the closet again and look at it. Ask God if it's time to bring new life to that lost dream. Why not comment on this blog and tell me what your dream is? I would like to know! Let's open ourselves once again to infinite possibilities and start dreaming again.
"God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them." ~Author Unknown