I dedicate this article to an ole’ buddy ole’ pal that I haven’t seen for a long time. Jim Brock! Who has helped my dream of writing for a whole heap of newspapers come true.
“He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent,
the very stones would cry out.’” ESV
Somebody looked up at the moon and said, “We need to walk on that.” The four-minute mile, sound barrier; what do these have in common? Clarity of the goal invited the energy to make it happen. God told Abraham to look at the stars and start counting saying, “So shall your offspring be.” when Abe was childless.
The inverse is also true. When you don’t have clarity of vision, you lose energy for the dream. Florence Chadwick found this out whenever she swam twenty of the twenty-one miles of the Catalina Channel, throwing in the towel at fifteen hours and fifty-five minutes because it was so foggy. She and her boat crew could not see the shore that was less than a mile away. Even she writes that if she would have just seen the shore, she would have found the energy to literally go…the extra mile.
Will Smith said one of the most profound statements I’ve ever heard, “Being realistic is the most common path to mediocrity.” God puts dreams in our heart, and they are seldom realistic. That’s what makes them so fun. It’s one of the grandest adventures in intimacy with the Almighty we can undertake. There are passions, desires, and interests that fall under what God would say to die to. But on the other side, there are passions, desires, and interest that God indelibly and deliberately created us with for the purpose of experiencing and knowing God. The big pitfall is when someone makes their dream, or purpose, their God. Even stones can cry out when God walks in front of them, we get to walk with the one who can make the stones sing.
First question: Do you have a dream that you know God put in your heart?
If ‘yes’, can you see it daily?
By Aaron F. Jeffers