It takes courage to speak your dream.
Last weekend, my family ventured to the Smithsonian Museum. To say that our senses were overloaded is an understatement. Often, a museum is viewed as a place holding objects connecting us to the past. And while that that connection is significant, these objects can also influence the future. Many of these items represent dreams; both those that achieved public status and those that reached fruition in a quieter manner. Regardless, who knows how our own lives are impacted by individuals from the past fighting for the realization of visions they saw from afar?
One can only imagine the reactions the Wright brothers received when declaring to others they envisioned a machine that allowed people to fly over the earth. Yet, before my eyes, lay the original plane they created. Their voices speak from the work of their hands.
And who could have ever imagined that a rocket could carry people into the majestic space that had once only been admired long distance? The details and skills that would go into imagining such a feat seem incomprehensible.
It takes humility to speak your dream.
As I gazed upon images of Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders, I was reminded that we may not see the fruition in our lifetime. But that doesn’t prevent our dreams from taking flight. We keep our eyes focused in the direction of the destination while we fly. If it’s God who put the dream on our hearts, others will recognize their role in keeping it moving.
It takes trust to speak our dreams.
Sometimes, we run into turbulence while we fly toward the dream. At those moments, we trust that God has not let go of us. We are not on this ride alone. Shaking may leave us feeling hesitant to keep pursuing where God is leading. But we must hold on tight.
Dreaming demands courage, surrender, and trust for God to carry us in the flight into uncomfortable places. Risk is guaranteed. But the alternative is to miss out on bearing witness to the amazing character of God in whose image we reflect. The One who shapes our dreams.
Our visit to the Smithsonian seemed particularly fitting as we celebrated my daughter’s high school graduation. How can you not be inspired to reach towards big dreams when you are reminded how big God is?
“Oh, Lord GOD! You have made the heavens and earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!” Jeremiah 32:17.
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