“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.”
— GALATIANS 6:9 (NRSV)
When our dreams seem crushed and we feel misunderstood, life takes on a hopeless designation. Even the thought of such experience at a time of joy connects us with an irreconcilable sadness. Dreams have potency about them. They tend to be most of the reason we live for.
There are times in all our lives when our dreams appear crushed; when, for a moment, we lose sight of all hope, and we perceive a horrible perspective – that life just isn’t worth it; that life is against us; or that we don’t deserve what we hope for, etc. Such assumptions of self are, of course, inaccurate and unhelpful. These dreams just mean so much we are bound to be swayed by the hurricanes of life into harm’s way. And the danger proposed is the perception devoid of hope. At such times we will be our own worst enemies. At such times no one can speak sense into us; we are the only ones who have the right to speak and the words we speak to ourselves are purposefully negligent.
In sadness, we need to learn to hold on tight to our dreams – because the dream isn’t over.
Holding on Tight Without Holding on Too Tight
Balance is a revered prospect in all of life. Perspective will gain us so much more during tremulous seasons, in spite of the pain we experience.
At times of hopelessness borne on sadness, we may either hold on too tight or let go completely – probably more the latter. Holding on tight to our dreams is neither about holding onto too tight nor is it about letting go so another dream can take its place. Dreams don’t happen by replacement. Dreams just are. We must believe that God is in the dream – that God has purposed the dream for a reason.
Many things happen in the changing of our experience, and the shifting of our perceptions, even over one day, let alone a few. We must try not to fret too much in the burden of the overwhelming moment.
There is a purpose in this horrible experience, and, though we know that by faith, we don’t need to know what the exact purpose is; we just know there is a purpose. We leave that inexplicable purpose to God – for his purposes.
There is a purpose in horrible experiences, and, though we know that by faith, we don’t need to know what the exact purpose is. We just know there is a purpose. We leave that inexplicable purpose to God – for his purposes.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.