How To Shatter Proof Your Dreams

One hot, summer day the sun beat down on my 1978 Buick Sky-hawk. This car had a “hatch” with a big curved back window. I worked 3rd shift at the time and my car sat out with its windows rolled up in the afternoon heat. I was shocked to go out and find my back window literally shattered in hundreds of small pieces yet still in one piece.

shatteredHave you ever had a dream that was shattered by others or by circumstances? A marriage or a relationship? A horrible prognosis of an incurable progressive disease or other even worse diseases in which the cure/treatment seems as bad as the disease itself? Some couples have their lose hope in having a child after years of trying-dashing their dreams of a family to bits. Yet, for some people their life is like one who wins the lottery, a real dream come true and it seems everything they touch turns to gold. It seems unfair. Yet, life often seems unfair and for many it seems like the back window shattered in a hundreds of small pieces yet miraculously still holds together. Too often, for many there is nothing to hold the pieces of shattered dream together.

I am not sure what held the shattered pieces of the back window of my car together. I had it replaced. But I learned early on when dreams and plans are shattered there is nothing in the world that can hold life together but faith in God.  Life can be ruthless and brutal. We need the One Who Holds the World and Universe together to hold us together as well. At least, I know I do.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

So how do we shatter proof the dreams of our life? We need to know and have faith in the Author and Finisher of Life. He gives us a Hope and a Future that goes far beyond life as we know it now. In fact, it is much more than a dream, it is the reality of knowing One Day we who accept Christ as LORD and Savior will be with our Creator where there is no more pain, no more tears or broken dreams. What is Heaven? It is a Kingdom where Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (A JUST and All Powerful King). It is the Kingdom GOD planned from the beginning of time for His Creation but sin entered in this world.

The good news is Jesus came as our Redeemer to be the Way back to our Father and Creator. If we accept the free gift. Not only does God give us a hope and a future; it is much more than a dream that may or may not come true. Heaven is Bigger than our Biggest and Best dream come true. It will endure forever. Jesus came to give us Everlasting Life and a life that goes way beyond any dream. The Kingdom of Heaven it is beyond words. We can only be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven by accepting the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

 

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Seeing Beyond

Where can we run from the cruel pain inflicted by life in this world? Pain can be deep and unrelenting from many sources- divorce, abuse, cancer, betrayal from one we trusted, disease, grief over a death,  loss of abilities that steal your independence, unwanted changes-the list is unending. Pain hurts. We always hope it will just “go away” and leave us be. What joy when/if that happens!Miracles do happen and God heals. But what if the pain doesn’t go away? What if it is like a runaway freight train, unstoppable and racing towards an unknown end? Emotions can cut to us to shreds leaving us vulnerable and bleeding to death from a broken heart. It is just as disabling as physical pain. No pills, No drugs,  not even a million dollars has the power to fix it.

Tears often roll down my face as I type. Writing is work I love and can do but this body hurts. The tears leak out when I no longer can handle the pain by stuffing it inside. I sometimes want to quit. Yet there is a purpose Greater than myself Who compels me on in spite of the challenges.  One Day, things will get better! I believe in healing miracles. If I am not healed here; Heaven awaits me. Then I will be in the Presence of One Who loves me most and the One I love with all my heart. He put me here for a purpose. It is only by His grace and power I will fulfill my purpose. Even if tears run down my face in the midst of reaching the goal set before me.

 2 Corinthians 4:16-18Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal

Wide blue sky and huge arcing rainbowI think if we had a clue of what awaits us in Heaven we would change our world by our pure excitement. No great vacation or event can even come close to comparing the eternal peace and delight of Heaven.  This is true Prevailing Hope and motivation to finish the race.

1 Cor. 2:8-10  the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; but just as it is written,

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”

10For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

May we look beyond what we see and feel and worship our LORD Who sees all and has a plan for our lives so far beyond our wildest imaginations – it will be Heaven!