We were invited to our friends’ Labor Day party. It was a great time of food and fellowship. But the most delightful treat was being invited to be part of the audience for seven little girls who were pretending to be part of a beauty pageant.
The ten year old served as the moderator. With great flair, she called for each contestant to step into the limelight for their moment of showing their inner beauty. She very seriously said, “Tell us about your hopes and dreams.”
The first contestant smiled and stepped forward with great confidence. In a clear voice, she declared her heart’s desires. I was impressed. Not so, the moderator.
“No,” she said. “Your hopes and dreams are separate. You have to have something different for a hope and a dream.” This stipulation seemed destined to defeat the group. I sat intrigued. Finally contestant number five, who looked to be about seven years old, stepped to the platform. Without hesitation, she said, “My hope is to be a gymnast. My dream is to be in the Olympics!”
I was wowed! The true beauty of these young women (ages 3-10) considering their future of hopes and dreams prompted smiles and reflections for me for the rest of the day.
What is the difference in a hope and a dream? When I say, “I hope” something will happen, I realize there is an element of doubt. In the best case scenario, it might happen. But in the worst case scenario, it might not.
Ah, but dreams. In dreams, there is no doubt. I am there. It is happening! It is real! Could this be why God spoke so powerfully to people in their dreams? In dreams, our conscious minds are turned down long enough to silence the doubts. We are no longer on the edge, pondering whether we can fly or not. We are flying!
George Bernard Shaw said, “Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not!”
My young friend saw the edge of her dream. She was already in gymnastics class. But she had been privileged to see beyond that. God had given her the ability to see herself in the big time! Her dream is to be in the Olympics. I believe she will get there!
God gives us a glimpse of heaven here on earth. Real joy comes, not in hoping we will make it to heaven, but in knowing we will one day be right in the midst of all the heaven we ever dreamed of here on earth.
Matthew 9:27-29 records the story of two blind men who cried out to Jesus for mercy. They desperately wanted healing. Jesus asked them, “Do you really believe I can do this?” Was that a silly question? After all, they were begging Him to do it! But Jesus wanted them to get beyond hoping it might happen. He wanted them to see it as done already. They answered Him, “Why, yes, Master!”
He then touched their eyes and said, “Become what you believe.” (The Message)
How many hopes do you have that you want to become dreams? See it as done!
Become what you believe!