Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Keep Dreaming

The last few weeks were lit up with dreams of graduation and a wedding. Now that Kathryn has her diploma, and Heather and Andrew are married, we are turning our attention to the next dream. Kathryn has always wanted to see the Grand Canyon and next week she will have a chance to do just that. We have postponed a trip to Arizona three times because of Kathryn's health but this time we are going to hold on fast to that dream. We have a flight out of Roanoke heading to Phoenix next Tuesday and are praying fervently for good health to take this trip as scheduled. I have already been busy with laundry, packing, and cooking ahead for Daddy and Qavah. They are staying home.

This trip is like the other goals that we have set over the past two years. It is within our grasp, but we won't know until the day we leave how things will be. It is a journey of faith. We often dreamed of these goals while Kathryn was in a hospital bed. In the confinement of a small hospital room, thoughts of the open spaces of the Canyon kept us from going stir crazy. The dreaming transported us to a better place. One of my friends gave Kathryn a coffee table book of pictures of the Grand Canyon and it fueled Kathryn's dreams to be there on the south rim when the sun sets. Lord willing, seeing the Grand Canyon, and visiting with friends in Phoenix next week will be one of our dreams-come-true. But beyond that we need to keep dreaming. One day we dream of going to Israel. Kathryn and I will finish our study of the Psalms of Ascent tomorrow and now we want to see Jerusalem for ourselves. We want to walk the streets where Jesus walked with Mary and Joseph as they returned to Jerusalem every year for the celebration of the feasts. Not every dream comes true, but it is so important for us to have them.

I once met a woman named Pam through a friend of mine. Badly burned and disfigured in a kerosene fire when she was a little girl, her dreams of finding someone who would love her kept her hopes alive through many painful reconstructive surgeries. Then one day in her forties she met the man she had been dreaming of and within a very short time he asked for her hand in marriage. Although Pam is what I would consider a conventional woman, she chose to walk down the aisle to the song, Somewhere Over the Rainbow. My friend who attended the wedding said there wasn't a dry eye in the sanctuary as the words of the song rang out that brought Pam to the altar. "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I?" Why not, indeed!

We all have dreams of one day doing this or that. Our day to take this trip has come. As our dreams come true, we can feel God's pleasure in them. The joy of our dreams coming to pass spills over into praise for the One Who gave us the imagination and the gorgeous places to visit. Somehow the thought of standing at the rim of the Grand Canyon with Kathryn beside me, after all she has endured, makes me want to break out into the well loved hymn, How Great Thou Art!

Oh Lord, My God, When I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee,
How great thou art, How great thou art!

Keep dreaming!