While preparing the outlines for my next book, (the one I am working on now) I keep sensing the phrase used by the brother of Joseph in Genesis 37:19, “And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.”
When the subject of dreams come to the fore of thinking it’s good to immediately get away from the kind brought by eating too many onions, garlic and a three pound hamburger just before drifting off to dreamland. And it’s sure enough important to rid the mind of the kind induced by occult practices, which are thoroughly denounced in both the old and new testaments. It’s good to really run dreams through the filter of scripture.
Most people who are a wee bit younger than me think of the speech, I Have A Dream, delivered by Martin Luther King during the civil rights era. The visions stated in the speech were at the very least high and noble. And that’s one of my points today.
To have high and noble dreams, dreams that have been run through the rigorous filter of God’s word are to be desired. Joseph’s father, Jacob had a dream, his dream consisted of winning the hand of the magnificent Rachel. The dream that Jacob harbored for her was equal to or better than Don Quixote’s impossible one. The power of Jacob’s dream is set forth this way in Genesis 29:20, “And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.” There is a wealth of information in this one verse. Love, true love for a person or dream is energizing far beyond normal human endurance. In harmony with this is the truth expressed in 1 Corinthians 13:7, “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Charity, the agape love is durable and never fails.
When a good dream for glory of God and benefit of His creatures is heavy on your mind and heart, it will be as the love that God has for us.Find a way. The song has it, “Love found a way to redeem my soul.” Seven years for the hand of Rachel seemed as but a few day.
If you think about all the wonders that we who live in modern civilization enjoy you have to understand that each and parts of each one were originally a dream in someone’s mind and heart. Back in the 19th Century a Bishop in the United Brethren in Christ remarked to parishioner that man would never fly in a machine. It is interesting that two of his sons were playing on the floor in the room. The Bishop was Milton Wright. The boys, Orville and Wilbur. You know the rest of the story.
Many of the dreams of my life have to do with people, helping people through the power of Christ to spread their God given wings and fly. The soaring above mediocrity is the dream of most sensible people.
Flying airplanes had been part of most of my adult life. I enjoy flying as pilot in command primarily because I don’t have to put up with airlines and the homeland security nightmare. Primarily private flying gets me where I want to go faster than driving or jumping through the airline hoops.
The premier pilot of an earlier age, Charles Lindberg has this to say about dreams of achievement:
“Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.”
Lindberg simply meant the fabulous machines etc. which we now have are the fruits of the dreams of men and women of yesterday. We must be willing to dream and hold tight to our dreams while finding ways for those dreams to become reality. An old line has it, “People who never build castles in the air, never build castles anywhere.” It’s true.
We Christians must quit moaning and groaning about how bad things are and replace the malady with a vision that honors God. Keep in mind the eternal truth laid out in Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish:”
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