Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 (NIV)
Yesterday I had a thought pop into my head that caught me completely off guard. I wish Scott and I could own a house. This is one of those dreams I don’t ever talk about since it is an impossibility. The cute 1,400-square-foot home we rent on the San Francisco peninsula would sell for a little under a million dollars. Talking about owning a home here is crazy talk.
For those of you who have hoped for something for a really long time and have not seen that hope come to pass, you know it can make you heartsick. So I have decided not to hope for a house. So I won’t be disappointed. When that thought flitted across my mind, I just started talking out loud in the car. “Jesus, You have blessed us so much. We have all we need and more. Forgive me for not being content with what I have.”
And in that moment, I had the thought, which I think was Jesus because I don’t usually think that clearly. And the thought was this: Jesus made me to want more. He is the One Who gives us hopes and dreams. Not to be mean. Not in a “Na-na-na-na-na! You can’t have this!” kind of way. But because hopes and dreams are the currency He deals in. Just ask Abraham and Joseph and Hannah. Jesus births dreams in us because He loves us and He wants us to see that only He can bring them to pass. He loves impossible odds. It is in those circumstances that His glory shines brightest. So with that thought in mind . . . I think it might be time to start dreaming again.
Faith Step: Write out your dream on a slip of paper and put it in the back of your Bible. Remind Jesus that this is the dream He gave you and that you are entrusting Him with it.