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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Transience of Dreams

We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.” 
William Shakespeare, The Tempest

Take a Chance

We cannot understand the work of God. There's a vast array of knowledge that we'll never absorb in our short lifetime. The writer of Ecclesiastes advises us to “sow your seed in the morning” (verse 6). But we can't keep waiting and waiting until the temperature and moisture are exactly right or the weather report is favorable. In other words, we build our lives as best we can in the midst of uncertainties and unknowable facts. We know that we are inadequate. We know that we are sinful. We know that we will fail. We know that we will lose loved ones. We know that some of our ambitions will never be realized. If we wait for the perfect time in our lives, for exactly the right moment before we act, we will never act. God knows our lives. He knows the opportunities we have to live out our faith. He knows which opportunities we take and which we reject or postpone. Christ wants us to be bold, to reach out and to take a chance in an uncertain world. Take a chance. (NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter, page 763).

This morning I rose early for devotionals around 3:30. After devotions I fell asleep sitting upright in a chair. I had an usually interesting dream in which a young man around twelve or so gave me two words. One word would initiate hearing voices in one's head and another word would turn the facility off. The words were rather simple. I tried them out and both worked perfectly. Naturally I was interested in retaining these words and I had the young man repeat them several times. In the dream I tried to write them down on a piece of paper. When I awoke I immediately tried to recall the words, but they had instantly vanished from memory. The transience of dreams is sometimes a relief, but now and then is regrettable.

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