Painting visions and dreams is a great experience. People see what could be possible. Some will, in time, begin to catch and translate the pictures into their own words, sounds, and possibilities. It is as if every step in the process builds on itself, becoming more than anyone thought possible. The one problem is realizing the dream. Seeing the possibilities, as hard as it is at times, is actually the easy part. Moving from “could be” to “is”; ah, the going often gets very tough.
When I think back to different dreams I have tried to paint I find far too much emphasis on the destination instead of the journey. It was as if I was trying to sell the dream along with an expectation that if one bought the picture it could be delivered instantly. The dream came across as a consumer product. We see, ponder, pause, select, and then walk up to the register and pay. Metaphorically this works reasonably well. The problem comes when we translate this into reality! Politicians want us to believe that everything is possible; it is, but at what price? Sports figures would have us believe that winning is all in the mind; for a large part it is, but content does matter. Success, status, power, position, and rewards are all relatively easy to describe. Achieving them often includes patience, choice, action, results, and support which come only as a result of many small, intentional, and discipline steps.
In a story of old a blind mind asked for help. The response he received was, at best confusing – a bit a mud dabbed on his eyes. The promise of sight was included in the simple act of responding to his cry. Yet realizing the dream came with a set of instructions. “‘Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam’ (Siloam means ‘Sent’).
The man went and washed—and saw.” (John 9.7)
Divinity offers each a dream of peace, happiness, and the best life can offer. Realizing the dream comes with a price – listening and responding with action. Are we?
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