Don’t Forget to Dream.
I’m reminded not only of the brilliance of Martin King but also of his passionate Christ-like action, his persistent ever-increasing grit and his unbridled hope that provided fuel for a tumultuous journey. His poise in the face of great criticism on Meet the Press in 1960 when he was younger than I am now, wrecks me. His famous, “Dream” speech in 1963 and the prophetic “I’ve been to the Mountaintop” speech in 1968 brings me to tears every time. In his final words before the crowd in the latter speech he proclaimed,
Like anybody I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now, I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain and I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with ya, but I want you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. So I’m happy tonight, I’m not worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!
God given dreams are hard to suppress. They eek out of our hearts, our mouths and our lives. They remain, like a silhouette in the distance, when the tides of a complex cultural reality, demeaning mockery and ridicule wage war against them. They remain. Somewhere in the dreamers subconscious, hidden underneath the nostalgia and excitement of the dream, is the very real knowledge, that dreams cost us.
I love the one liner about Joseph in Genesis. It simply says, “One night Joseph had a dream…(37:5).” And that, my friends, was the beginning of an incredibly joyous and oftentimes painful journey!
What is your God given dream that won’t be silenced? How can you step more fully into it this Lenten season?