It’s been said that “All men dream but not equally. . . . dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible...” My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
How often do you have a real good chinwag with God? If you’re like most people it’s seldom. Only the best of friends have chinwags. You know you’ve had one because when you’ve finished, there’s a simultaneous sense of emptiness and fulfillment that pours over you. Something personal and sensitive has happened. You’ve emptied out of yourself and filled up with someone else, and come away with a wealth of knowledge and understanding about the other person. For most Christians prayer is their primary way of communicating with God, and emptying out is common in prayer. How often do we come away filled with God though? It seems this is a boundary seldom crossed. Whether it’s a matter of personal comfort or divine respect, I’m not sure. From an ideal standpoint, prayers are beneficial; but they’re seldom visionary. A visionary chat with God, a chinwag, is more than likely to send us on our way curiously filled, mysteriously emboldened.
When we endeavor to get to know God personally I believe we need to commence with the willingness to share and receive with him. That means having an unbounded vision of God that’s broader than the moment, wider than our environment, and deeper than what we know in reality.
Here’s a story: About 350 years ago a shipload of travelers landed on the northeast coast of America. The first year they established a town site. The next year they elected a town government. The third year the town government planned to build a road five miles westward into the wilderness. In the fourth year the people tried to impeach their town government because they thought it was a waste of public funds to build a road five miles westward into a wilderness. Who needed to go there anyway? Here were people who had the vision to see three thousand miles across an ocean and overcome great hardships to get there. But in just a few years they were not able to see even five miles out of town. They had lost their pioneering vision. With a clear vision of what we can become in Christ, no ocean of difficulty is too great. Without it, we rarely move beyond our current boundaries. (Lynn Anderson.)
It’s been said that “All men dream but not equally. . . . dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for the many act out their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible...” I believe it may be said of many Christians that we’re not good dreamers in that regard. We talk to God but seldom converse with him. We don’t have a vision of God that drives us on, allows us to thrust at life much deeper and with greater energy. Those pilgrims had what they thought was a vision of America. In essence they had an idea but no vision. They didn’t grasp the importance of who they were in this new land and that boundaries ought to be flexible when it comes to a true vision of where life might take you if you’re willing to envision the dream of America. You and I are those pilgrims, on a voyage from now into a mysterious and curiously beckoning tomorrow. God is already there waiting for each of us. He’s looking to get into a good chinwag with us today to give us a taste of what is waiting for us tomorrow, as long as we’re willing to take the risk, have vision and be filled up by him. Be a dangerous Christian; work out the possibilities of tomorrow by tapping into a vision of who God is and what he’s capable of doing with us if only we have the courage to seek him as a vision of divine, not just an ideal.
We pray. Thank you Lord for offering us numerous opportunities in life to get to know you better as our Heavenly Father, our King and ruler, our benefactor and friend. Forgive us Lord, when we create boundaries in prayer that prohibit us from really understanding your glorious and gracious nature. May we commit ourselves to being the dreamers you created us to be, dangerous in the day because we are willing to not only claim you as our Father but embrace you as a vision of who and what a Divine Father really can be. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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