There is no telling how many dreams and visions go unfulfilled because we humans have decided it is too late. We feel like we are past our prime. We have obligations that prevent us from pursuing our dreams. We are too old or too far gone or too tired or too… well, you get the point. We feel like it is too late to do what we have always envisioned. We want to BUT…and the excuses pour faster than water down the falls. What really keep us from pursuing our goals is us.
We could easily spend our lives surviving, and that is it. Just getting up in the morning to face the day and getting it done is the only goal. With a few joys here and there, we decide that is all life is about. Yet, we miss the point. We miss that God has created us for so much more. God has given us dreams and visions, talents and gifts to live abundantly. We are the only thing standing in our way. We are the missing piece of the puzzle. We are the limiting factor.
I can’t help but think about Moses. He had settled down in his life. He had run, hidden, and found a new normal. But God had created him for more. He was to be the leader of a great exodus. All he saw was a hillside but God saw beyond. He wasn’t a young man when he began this part of his life. It wasn’t easy or smooth. But it was his goal, his mission.
I also think of Abraham and Sarah. They had given up on their dream. They had worked around the dream for as much as they possibly could. They had tried to figure it out for themselves. They settled for where they were. But God had something more. They were the only things holding them back. God was working in and through them.
The focus scripture today is the calling of Samuel, heard through a dream. God was and still is at work. I wonder about all of the dreams and visions that go unfulfilled because we have decided it is too late. Instead of limiting ourselves, maybe we instead begin to dream again. Maybe we seek God and all he has for us. I don’t think God is done with us yet. And I think there are some pretty powerful dreams waiting to come to life. Dream on, children of God. It is not too late.
1 Samuel 3:9-10
9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
10 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
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