To Dream Again

“When the Lord brought back the captive ones to Zion, we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.”  — Psalm 126:1-3

It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. “Jimmy, it’s time to go to bed. Go up now and I’ll come and settle you later.”

Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. “What are you doing, Jimmy?” “I’m looking at the moon, Mommy.” “Well, it’s time to go to bed now.” As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, “Mommy, you know one day I’m going to walk on the moon.”

Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon’s surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so?

Because we are human, it is all too common that our dreams abandon us at times. The grind of the everyday can be one of the greatest enemies of our dreams. As time ticks, our dreams can dissolve into a slow fade. Israel was sqandering its identity as God’s people in captivity in a strange land. Then God gave them their dream back.

We live in a culture that diminishes and discourages dreamers but God has called us to dream (Joel 2:28). To be the effective witness we were created to be, we must dream. Those who dream have their mouths filled with laughter (vs. 2a) and have tongues filled with joyful shouting (vs. 2b). Of those who dream the nations will testify, “The Lord has done great things for them (vs. 2c).” These things are woefully absent from the average church.

Those who dream by day are aware of many things that escape those who only dream by night. All men dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake to the day to find it was just an empty exercise. But the dreamers of the day are courageous men, for they tend to act out their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

I believe its time to dream again.

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