Those moments when in a daze and your imagination captures you. You begin to wander around a new world of possibilities; traipsing through fields overgrown with hope and aspiration. A mind laden with dreams is a wonderful place to be.
Oh, to dream. To let the fanciful travel beyond the eyes of reality breathes freshness in the stagnation of life. It’s reaching into the realm of “Why not?” At least, that’s the way George Bernard Shaw saw it when he is quoted as saying,
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’” (Thinkexist.com)
Why not you? Why not now? Why not dream?
This makes me wonder at one of our most familiar Bible dream stories. Did Joseph’s brothers ever have a dream? I’m not talking about visions like Joseph himself experienced, but did they hope for something beyond their reality? Did their hopes mixed with Joseph’s ability to dream and see more incite their jealousy and bitterness? Hmmm . . . .
It’s hard to see others reaching for more when you can’t see yourself doing the same. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” (Proverbs 13:12a, NASB). When the heart longs for something that doesn’t ever seem to grow and come to fruition, it can leave a feeling of brokenness on the inside. When that hurt takes over it can shadow one’s thinking, distorting the truth, relationships and life.
“But desire fulfilled is a tree of life,” (Proverbs 13:12b, NASB). When that thing that is hoped for comes to pass it lifts the soul to the higher bringing forth healing. But, if hope is given up on; if dreams are vanquished so goes with it that genuine aspiration to see life for more beyond the here and now.
Don’t be content to just sit on the sidelines and watch others dream! That’s no life when God designed you for more! You have it in you to do the same!
Don’t give up on dreaming! Don’t give up on hope! Jesse Jackson was once quoted as saying, “Keep hope alive,” (American Rhetoric). Let it breathe in you and through you. Let it grow until it produces the fruit of what the seed inside you aspires for. Nurture it that it does not die off.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t see it in the natural right this minute. Romans 8:24 reminds us, “Hope that is seen is not hope.” If you keep nurturing your dreams; if you “Keep hope alive,” you will keep moving closer and closer to the goal you are stretching out for.
You have to keep climbing for it until you reach your summit. You have to keep dreaming. Don’t end up in bitterness and jealousy, with no life like Joseph’s brothers. They ended up wanting to get rid of he who did dream. That’s no life. That’s not a way to live.
God designed us for so much more. We are made to be overcomers. We are built to be conquerors. We have hopes and dreams on the inside that waiting to be manifested. The world is waiting for that special thing God planted in you!
Get with George Bernard Shaw’s mentality and say, “Why not?” Why not me? Why not now? Your life was meant for more! Hope for it. Dream about it! Don’t give up on it!
Be blessed because it feels good to dream 🙂 !