I have moved to a new place of ministry. I'm listening to people talk of how things used to be, how they are now, and how they wish things could be. Some are reluctant to talk about the future because of the pain of the past. Together, we are developing a vision of what could be. We are trying to remain open to what God has in store for us. We dream of growing spiritually and, as a result of that, growing numerically. We are dreaming of sharing the message of love, hope, mercy, peace, and grace with our community.
Within the week our daughter will turn eighteen years of age, and within the month she will head off to college. She is ready. She is excited. She is looking forward to what God reveals as His vision for her. She is dreaming of adventure, of learning, of fun, and experiencing all that the college years offer.
Also, within the week our son will get married. He and his soon-to-be wife, and both mothers have made (and are continuing to make) major plans for the rehearsal dinner, the special wedding events, the ceremony, and the reception. The two of them have prepared for this day mentally, spiritually, educationally, and physically. The two of them have dreamed of this day (and night) for years. They have visions and dreams of their future as a family.
Every day we wake up to new possibilities, new opportunities, and new challenges. Do we dare to dream of what could be? Are we willing to run the risk of being disappointed? Are we ready for what will happen if the dreams don't come true? Is it worth the risk?
Perhaps the more important questions are: Can we afford not to dream? Is that worth the risk of never seeing dreams come true? Is the safety of not dreaming better than the thrill of experiencing a dream come true? Would we really want to live a life without dreams?
Consider the words of Jesus:
Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you" (Matthew 17:20 NIV).
With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).
With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God (Mark 10:27).
Consider the words of Jesus!For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37).
What is impossible with men is possible with God (Luke 18:27).