When the word “dream” gets anywhere near my ear I find myself flashing back to the time I was nine, sitting in front of a black and white television watching Martin Luther King deliver his “I have a dream” speech to thousands across the mall in Washington D.C.. It is a magical moment. One knows, even in that instant, that this is history in the making. His words electrified everything! Even at nine I felt that anything and everything was possible. I was on the edge of my seat, ready to work, eager to get out the door and get on with things!
I don’t remember the mid-sixties as a time of stellar academic performance. I cannot recall being selected for any academic or athletic teams or being recognized for an individual performance. The time was, to be blunt and a bit harsh, just average. I was a normal kid, growing up in suburbia, dealing with the stuff that kids deal with. But the see was planted and I had a dream. It was my dream and I knew, despite everything, that it could come true.
God dreams big for his children, this means you and me. Divinity knows everything is possible because the price has already been paid. This isn’t a permission or gateway type of possibility, it is a “in the bank”, “ready for taking”, “there for the asking” alternative that is available to you and me every moment of our lives. God has a dream. God dreams that every child is recreated into his or her full potential. God lives for the time that each child experiences only love, acceptance, and opportunities; there is no pain, no heartache, and no experience of rejection. God continues to reach out to you and to me to make this a reality. Will it be?
“He came to his own people, but they didn't want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves.” (John 1.11, 12)