With the whiff of “new” comes the consideration of a new dream, a new possibility, a new horizon. We have a fresh opportunity to come into a different understanding of what God’s dream in this next stretch of road might be. I love this poem that takes us into different images of what God’s dream might be for me. Maybe you will too.
I myself will dream a dream within you—
Good dreams come from me, you know—
My dreams seem impossible.
Not too practical,
Not for the cautious man or woman—
A little risky sometimes,
A trifle brash perhaps—
Some of my friends prefer
To rest more comfortably,
In sounder sleep,
With visionless eyes—
But, from those who share my dreams
I ask a little patience,
A little humor,
Some small courage,
And a listening heart—
I will do the rest —
Then they will risk
And wonder at their daring —
Run — and marvel at their speed —
Build — and stand in awe at the beauty of their building —
You will meet me often as you work —
In your companions, who share the risk —
In your friends, who believe in you enough
To lend their own dreams
Their own hands
Their own hearts
To your building —
In the people who will stand in your doorway,
And walk away knowing that they, too, can find a dream.
There will be sun-filled days,
And sometimes it will rain —
A little variety –
Both come from me.
So come now, be content
It is my dream you dream —
My house you build —
My caring you witness —
My love you share,
And this is the heart of the matter.
ACTION: What catches your imagination in these words? What might God be dreaming for you?