“It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Jimmy, it's time to go to bed. Go up now and I'll come and settle you later." Unlike usual, Jimmy went straight upstairs to his room. An hour or so later his mother came up to check if all was well, and to her astonishment found that her son was staring quietly out of his window at the moonlit scenery. "What are you doing, Jimmy?" "I'm looking at the moon, Mommy." "Well, it's time to go to bed now." As one reluctant boy settled down, he said, "Mommy, you know one day I'm going to walk on the moon." Who could have known that the boy in whom the dream was planted that night would survive a near fatal motorbike crash which broke almost every bone in his body, and would bring to fruition this dream 32 years later when James Irwin stepped on the moon's surface, just one of the 12 representatives of the human race to have done so?”
Dreams are starting place of what makes us who we are now. Without dreamers, the world could have been a different place. All of the man-made wonders we have now would not have been in existence if not for the dreamers who dreamt about it. That’s why, somebody said, “You are one of a kind; therefore, no one can really predict to what heights you might soar. Even you will not know until you spread your wings!”
Dreams are God’s imprint on every human being born in this world and it was He who entrenched it deeply in our DNA. Thus, it can never be denied that one of the acts of early humanity united by one language after the flood was to build a tower that will reach heaven written in Genesis 11:1-4, “Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, "Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly." And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth."
But a dream filled with pride that desires to challenge God will experience opposition from God Himself. How? God confused their language and the edifice they wanted to build stopped and was later known as the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5-8). Since then, it has become a continuing dream in each country to build the highest tower whether it is a high-rise apartment or a tall structure. All told, men did not lose the dream to reach heaven by all means. And the closest we have attained so far was reaching the moon.
The most important about dreams are its power to provide greatness for an individual or dreams of grandeur that has caused countless despair to many. Most notably, there were dreamers that improved the lives of many people like Mother Teresa who spent most of her life in Calcutta serving and living with the most unfortunate. There is Bill Gates who dreamt of changing the world through the computer technology and succeeded. One way or another, each member of the human race can dream and become a catalyst for change towards great things. Why? It is because we were created to do so.
Yet we need to choose our dreams that will become a source of blessing not curse. How do we do this? It is when we begin to anchor our dreams with God’s dream in the first place. What is God’s dream then? The prophet Jeremiah summarized it this way, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (29:11). If you want this fulfilled in your life today, then a decision needs to be made.
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