We are dreamers, both of us.
The sky had grown dark, and fire was flickering in the fireplace. We had been companionably quiet, my husband and I, for a long and lingering hour, when suddenly he said, “I’ve found it. Our cabin in the woods.” Following this declaration, he thrusts his tablet across to me. “Here. Take a look.”
Eagerly but quite deliberately, I walked into each picture. The view down the tree-lined path leading to the front porch. The inside rooms, small and quaint. Taking the time to consider and imagine the two of us actually living there. We spent the next hour discussing the various possibilities and the myriad obstacles to making this delightfully adventurous change in our lifestyle. Owning a few acres and a small habitation in the mountains is a long-standing dream of ours, which both of us really know deep down will likely never become reality. I am happy to say, we will most assuredly take the time to dream of it whenever we can.
You may consider this activity of conscious dreaming among mature adults slightly ridiculous, if not downright absurd. We have derived much pleasure over the years and do not feel in the least that time and energy are wasted. On the contrary, it’s a bit like taking a brief trip in a hot air balloon. Rising up above the landscape and viewing it from a different angle, a new perspective. Lightly touching down again we feel our horizons have been broadened and our hearts enlarged. God is big, and the possibilities are frankly endless.
We move forward with a firm conviction of God’s goodness and a stronger gratitude for where we are–exactly where He has put us. It is a mystery. How is it that longing can strengthen your roots? I am reminded of one of my favorite verses. “Therefore, the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; how blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18 NASB)
Dear one, do you take time to dream? Do you allow yourself to long for, to desire what you do not yet see? Faith will strengthen you because faith sees the reality of who God is. Look long and high and wide and believe He is over all and in all. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
Until next week, beloved, dream big and lean into His faithfulness. Blessings all yours with ten thousand besides.