Don’t you just love how God has given each one of us a brain! The brain is a magnificent creation. Learned doctors can’t figure it out. The more they study it, the more amazed they are at the capacity of it. The following definition for the brain is from the mayfairclinic.com.
“The brain is an amazing three-pound organ that controls all functions of the body, interprets information from the outside world, and embodies the essence of the mind and soul. Intelligence, creativity, emotion, and memory are a few of the many things governed by the brain.”
Our brains have a lot to do each and every day to keep us alive and functioning in this world. God created them to do just that, but that’s not all. Notice that the definition includes creativity. I’ve never been one to claim I’m creative. In fact, my first homemade Christmas cards were made of construction paper! Who does that? But I digress. Anyway, this creativity, along with our intellect is used to dream about our futures. We can go over and over in our minds where we would like to be in five, ten, or twenty years. However, these dreams don’t always become reality.
David writes in Psalm 37:25a, “I have been young, and now am old,”
When we are young, we dream about the future. Some of our dreams may include college, career, husband, children, a home, finances, etc. Of course, every category we dream about has sub-categories within it. Dreaming and planning for our future is not a bad thing. In fact, to plan is a good gift God has given us to use our brains to do. But, the problem comes in when those dreams don’t become a reality. If we have idolized our dreams and they don’t come to fruition, how do we handle it?
Notice that David tells us that now he is old. It’s when we get older that we have a tendency to look back at our dreams and see how many of them failed. There are many of us who can look back and marvel at the things the Lord did in spite of us. I consider my position at the church to be a gift of God that I never dreamed would happen. There are personal dreams for me that have missed the mark, some of my own choosing, and others are the results of someone else’s choice. But in all of these shattered dreams, there is hope because God is at work. As we take the time to look back, we need to consider the other things David says here.
“I have been young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread. He is ever lending generously and his children become a blessing.” Psalm 37:25-26
In these verses we see how we are to look back and observe God’s care of us regardless of our dreams. God is faithful and true; our dreams are not. Our perspective needs to have God at the center, not our dreams. There can be a tendency to regret and mourn over what we’ve missed in life or didn’t accomplish. Honestly, we can’t spend too much time doing this because our focus needs to be on what God has done in spite of everything else accomplished or not accomplished.
As we grow older and watch another dream go up in smoke, what will help us? “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:17 These verses were the inspiration for a poem by C.T. Studd. He wrote, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” Our accomplishments of fulfilled dreams in this life will not be placed in our grave with us. However, all that we do for the cause of Christ and the gospel will go on and on. My dreams are normally about what I can do or what I would like to have happen for me! I need to change my dreams to have more to do with the gospel than with me! That’s the challenge for all of us, isn’t it?
Planning and dreaming are not a bad thing, but we can’t put all our hope in them. Our plans and dreams will fade but the gospel never will!
Let’s start today to prepare to make every day count for Christ!
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16