Be Still Know
Ecclesiastes 5:3 NLT
Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool.
Over the last year or so it’s been a great pleasure to renew friendship with Norman and Grace Barnes. Norman formed Links International, a mission that continues to work globally. He is one of life’s enthusiasts. Rising from a challenging background, he found God, and what’s more, discovered his life’s work at the moment of his conversion when God revealed to him he was to preach in Africa. Grace equally believed God and she too found herself in situations designed by God that she would never imagine for herself, given her start in life.
God invites us to dream. Dreams can get us into trouble, as Joseph discovered. Perhaps Joseph’s problem was announcing his dream too soon. Yet, in speaking his dream out he took a positive step towards realising that dream. Dreams are for declaration not incarceration. When we see clearly what God has for us, it is our primary business to do everything we can to move in the direction of that dream. I regret that too often I have prevaricated because I am anxious of what people might think, probably less about the dream than about me and my reputation. Yet, even the jealousy of Joseph’s brothers couldn’t thwart the dream. In fact, they were the start of its realisation.
I know I have spent many years full of words, yet looking back the wind whistles through them with a hollow sound. They were words – at times pretentious, always passionate, and I know born of an honest intent. Yet words that build nothing lie like scattered bricks on an abandoned building site. Empty testimony to what might have been. Today I have little time for fine-sounding statements of intent. I am searching, getting closer by the day, to realise God’s dream in my heart. I’ve described it often and now have a few years left to live it, yet live it I will.
Norman and Grace realised their dream and then discovered what was all-consuming to them was just a microcosm of all God can achieve simply through their obedience.
QUESTION: Consider St Paul’s challenge to stir up the gift, the dream that lies within you.
PRAYER: Lord, help me discern the dream of your kingdom that you have set within me.