Hopes and Dreams

ImageIt’s so nice when you hear someone say, “My dream has come true!” Have you ever been able to say this? This particular dream seemed impossible to the young man who had wished, hoped and prayed for it but I told him this past Sunday that miracles do happen, he was able to grasp faith for it and tonight found out that his “fruit had ripened” in two days!  Seeing him so very happy made me extremely happy myself! There are some things, i.e., a sunset, a song, an aroma, that elicit emotions hidden far beneath our every day thoughts. I saw the most beautiful sunset this week and suddenly my mind took me to a time of laying on the warm, white sand watching waves roll in, sun shining orange and gold, light dancing in the reflection on the water. I was young and listening as songs played on the radio, the DJ, sounding a lot like “Tony the Tiger Taylor” was counting down the top ten hits. Life has gone so swiftly by, I can’t imagine how it has happened. The writer said, Job 7:6, “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and are spent without hope” Job was in a bad condition, and when he spoke that, he was dreading the long, hard night. It is something I’m sure we have all experienced at one time or another. Job didn’t realize he was forming the perfect example of something we call “patience”, he was just trying to survive on a day-to-day basis. I imagine him sitting on that stinking dunghill, scraping his sores with broken pieces of pottery, maybe thinking back to the old days, when there was laughter around his table, his children all partaking in a feast of lamb, beef, fresh garlic and leeks from the gardens. A time he thought had been lost forever. God restored Job’s family, lands, and wealth, giving him more than he had ever had or could imagine! This all happened to Job because he was a faithful man that Satan tempted with all the ills he could, everything except death, to see if he could turn Job from his faith in God. When he remained faithful and wouldn’t blame God, that was the beginning of restoration. I have known people that had everything life could offer, wealth, fame, power, but something happened, that your computer might term as a ‘fatal error’, and everything started to unravel. Sadly, for some, the outcome was not as good as Job’s, after he repented. A saying from a 19th century Scottish nursery rhyme says: “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride”. We can’t wish ourselves into the past, to times before we got ourselves into trouble, or daydream our problems away. We have to face the now we are living in and start to mend whatever we can on our own, and turn the things we cannot do over to God. Psalm 33:18 But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love.  Psalm 31:24 So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! Think before you make the fatal error that can forever change your life. Don’t make the mistake of being hasty in your decisions; you could end up like Esau! Hebrew 12:17 Watch out for the Esau syndrome: trading away God’s lifelong gift in order to satisfy a short-term appetite. You well know how Esau later regretted that impulsive act and wanted God’s blessing—but by then it was too late, tears or no tears. Know that God can make all things right, Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.  Hope in the Lord, get off the dunghill or the imaginary warm sand, and, like the young man (actually it was my grandson), I pray you have a “dream come true”!

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