DO YOU STILL DREAM?
Psalms 126:1-6 1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. 3 The LORD hath done great things for us; [whereof] we are glad. 4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].
So do you? Still dream that is? No, I’m not talking about the purple monkeys that awaited you when you got to work still wearing your pj’s kind of dream. (I hate when that happens!) I’m referring to the possibilities that belong to each one of us who dare to live by faith!
Let me ask you another question: how outlandish do your prayers seem? What do we really believe CAN BE done? Allow me just a moment to make a few observations.
#1 BONDAGE BLURS YOUR VISION
The context of these passages come from the experience of the children of Israel of being in bondage to a foreign country. They had spent a great deal of their lives as slaves in a foreign land. From their perspective, the “homeland” was lightyears away. When in bondage we tend to only see our immediate struggle. It may be fear, family, finances, or a host of things all at once. The point is we usually forget to dream when immediate distractions are present. It’s our nature to feel the need to grease the proverbial “squeaky wheel” and forget about the destination.
To correct this we must discipline ourselves to be “big picture” dreamers. To see things with the end result in mind.
#2 OPPOSITION WILL ALWAYS BE PRESENT
Anything worth dreaming about is going to be frowned upon by someone. Usually, it’s because the other party isn’t happy with where they are. It’s the old “misery loves company” bit. We are told by Jesus that the right way will be narrow. If there’s a crowd cheering you on all the time chances are you’re on the wrong road!
#3 THE DREAM WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH TEARS
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy! There will be tears in anything you’re passionate about. There will be tears of sorrow as well as tears of joy. The bottom line is that there will be sacrifice involved, but is it worth it? Don’t waste tears! Make sure the thing (or person) is worth the tears!
So do you still dream? Read the passage at the top again. “We were like them that dream.” Can you say that? Dare to dream again about what God CAN do if we’ll just trust and obey. Let me know in the comments what you’re daring to dream about today,