Glimpse

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Have you seen me?

In the night, in the dark
By the streetlamps, abandoned cars

We have spoken

In the allys, in the streets
In vacant desert lots

Did you hear my voice?

In the distance, on the wind
In the sun, the pouring rain

Or feel me touch your hands?

Pray for summer in the blizzard
For Warmth in the dead of winter

I offer understanding
Consolation reimagined
Meaning redirected
Purpose wrapped in life

Have you given away your reason?
Your substance or your time

Everything has its season
It’s reason and it’s rhyme

Can you read the message?
Written on your walls
Answering the call

Do you feel the expectation?

creation is still waiting
For the moment, for the day

That you find the way

catch a glimpse of meaning
And step into the light

On the threshold of the dream

It’s the wee hours of the morning, and what better time could there be for a midnight ramble, or to talk about dreams? Dreams are, after all, what fuels our lives, and we all have them. When we’re young, we dream of what we’ll do when we ‘grow up’ (yes, some of us are still waiting), and as adults we have dreams of achievement or success and recognition. Maybe you have a ‘dream-home’ or car that you can’t get out of your head.

And then there’s the dreams we all have at night. Oh yes you do, you just don’t remember them. It’s clinically proven that everyone dreams. In fact your mental health depends upon it. More often than not these can be the aimless excursions of an unfettered and unoccupied mind, but sometimes they have meanings. This site of course, frequently deals with the latter (Oh, THAT’S why it’s called ‘dreams&visions?!), and I truly believe in the prophetic nature of some dreams.

Having said all that, there’s still another dream. It’s the shared dream. It’s the dream or vision of a country, a city or perhaps your church. This type of dream has a unique quality in that the stronger the vision, and the more people who get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass sooner than later.

I happen to live in the Detroit metropolitan area of Michigan. It’s well-known that this is one of the most economically hard-hit, high-crime areas in the country. Yet many, many people have a dream and a vision for this region. Many leaders both within and without the church have high expectations for a sweeping and radical change in the entire social landscape of this city.

And truthfully, it seems like a dream.

Recently, there was a gathering of christians from every walk and persuasion, to fast and pray for 24 hours at a 70,000 seat stadium known as Ford Field. I don’t know that there are any manifest changes in the city as of yet, but I do know that the stronger the vision, and the more people get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass.

Change is coming.

The church, the body of Christ must also have a dream, and it must be the will (the dream, if you like) of God. Yes, God has a dream. It’s you and me, and all who will come, entering into a restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. We must share Gods dream, in fact, it must overshadow our own. There is a dream for a great harvest of souls for the kingdom, and of the greatest revival this world has ever known. Many Individuals have had prophetic dreams and visions pertaining to this, and many local churches share this common goal.

But it starts with you. It’s really about your dreams. Do we share the dreams of our leaders, our church, our God? Can we re-make the church and re-build our cities?

I can’t answer those questions for anyone but me, but I do know this; The stronger the dream, and the more people who get behind it, the more likely it is to come to pass.

What are your dreams?

‘Curse God and die.’ Job 2:9

 Job scrapped himself with a piece of broken pottery as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to him, ‘Are you still trying to maintain your Integrity? Curse God and die.’ Job 2:8-9

The book of Job tells of a devastating series of  events that tragically center upon one mans life. In the above passage, his wife has seen enough. ‘Job, you are the ultimate looser! You might as well call it a day. God’s finished with you, just curse Him and die already!

How many times do we feel like God is finished with us? And not in a good way? Every door is shut, and there are no windows to climb through. You seek direction, but you get no answers. There  is only silence when you pray. And all the plans you made because you thought it was Gods will, well, that didn’t work out quite right. And that’s when you hear from the world about how messed up you really are.

So, what are you going to do?

But Job replied, ‘You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad?’ Job 2:10

Indeed, should we?

This has been a recurring theme of late, I know, but it needs to be….embraced! God needs us to be strong in Him. And it will not come without pain and sacrifice. Jesus said in this world we would have trouble. Not might have trouble. Would. This is where we learn to trust God. This is where we must believe His word. This is where we will test our faith, and see if it has any substance to it. This is where we make our most critical choice.

You may have a knot in your stomach, and a dry taste in your mouth. You may feel like all hell is looking over your shoulder as you read this. Maybe it is. And you are going to either turn and face everything that is trying to crush the life out of you, or you are going to curse God and die. It’s that simple. God does have a plan. But we have to go through, not around the mess to get to it.

Job did, in fact, learn and grow from his experiences. In fact he was blessed with twice as much as he had before. But he had to go THROUGH to reach the other side. We must find the courage to do the same.