It has been over 59 years when Martin Luther King Jr., made his “I have a dream” speech. I was only 3 days old at the time. And when we was assassinated, I was only 5 years old. I don’t remember much about him as I was so young, however I learned and studied more about him while in grade school. He died never seeing his dream come to fruition, nevertheless he never stopped believing in that.
And, we all have a dream, something deep down inside us that we want to see happen. Maybe it’s been there a long, long time and you wonder if it’s more like a fantasy that will never come to the light of day. I hear you, cause my dream has been to own a home. That may seem so strange because the majority of people living or not have at least owned one house. Some families have a regular home where they live in and a summer or vacation home. I think that’s wonderful but I confess that sometimes I get envious because all I want is one home.
It’s been a long waited prayer of mine and sometimes it seems like we’re on the prespious of this dream becoming a reality only to be hit by disappointment. So, I’m not sure this will ever happen for us either. But like MLK, I’ll keep on dreaming this dream and working towards it. If God deems it in His will to grant us our first and last home on earth, that’s wonderful, but if not…then the home I’ll have with Him will do quite nicely.
And that makes me think of all the early Christians who died believing Jesus was the Messiah and would deliver Israel, that we’d all be with Him one day. They kept preaching the gospel, helping the helpless and proclaiming God’s promises through trials, famines, pestilence, wars, persecutions, rejections and even torture. Why? Because they believe their dream was far more precious and rewarding and they were willing to hold onto it till the end.
What is your dream? Do you have something in your heart that you’d like to see God do in your life or family’s life? Do you dream that one day you’ll do something huge that will impact those around you? I can tell you, that you have purpose. God has given you and all of us a vision. Don’t give up because the circumstances you’re in looks like nothing will ever get better. Don’t think for one instance God won’t change things and make them better for you. The blessing He has may be wrapped differently than we expect, but then so was His birth. Still, He is the Savior whether or not He chose to be born in a manger.
My encouragement to you today is to keep telling Him about your dream. Keep holding onto it and doing what you can to get there. If you give up on your dream, you lose hope and The Lord never wants us to do that.
For without a hope,
without a dream,
we barely live, we only cope.
But if there’s something,
something we want,
No time to delay and nonchalant.
It’s a time to pray, a time to do,
All we can to see it through,
If God answers or even if not,
Hold on that dream and all we’ve got.
– by Kim McDougal