Many plans and dreams have gone by the wayside during these days of pandemic emergency. My good friend, Dayle over at Tip of My Iceburg, shared how the porch they’d planned, saved, and dreamed for finally came true. Except the porch built to hold lots of family and friends now sits empty, but for the two of them.
Hubby and I are also facing a shattered dream. After working hard toward retirement, saving and living frugally, we’d hoped to get a better car before retiring. Instead, with even private schools closing he joined the unemployed ranks (perhaps permanently), at the age of 62. And our tiny nest egg now goes for daily living expenses.
But I have another friend, facing a greater shattered dream. After losing her husband to cancer just before the lockdown, she’d hoped to fulfill his wishes of being cremated and buried back in England. But she now sits all alone in lockdown, with his ashes, unable to even take him home for burial.
Hopes and dreams turned to ashes, foiled at the last minute by the unseen enemy we are all fighting.
Now I know, and I believe my friend Dayle knows, that our shattered dreams were really only secondary issues. An empty porch and a rickety old car are not the end of the world.
Perhaps you too had hopes and dreams – small or great – that have been shatered by this illness or all the devastating circumstances surrounding it. Hopes, plans, or dreams that have now gone awry.
There are many facing broken dreams which have also shattered their lives, making it seem that all hope has faded away.
Perhaps you’d dreamed of growing old (or older) with your spouse, but this virus took him or her away. Or perhaps you’d planned to pay your home off but, because of unemployment, now risk losing it.
And like Dayle, sitting on her empty porch, or me in our rickety old car, you feel disappointed and weary of it all. Or maybe you sit with the shattered dreams of a broken life, wondering how to even keep going. Wondering if there is anything left to cling to.
But the Lord unchanging is still there, still with us, and will ever be the solid rock we can cling to.
1. We can cling to the assurance that nothing in this life is permanent.
And in that impermanence we can find hope. The emptiness, the loneliness, the disappointment or desperation we now face cannot endure. All earthly things, even this pandemic, come to an end sooner or later.
2. We can cling to the only true certainty and assurance that exists.
We can cling to the fact that the Lord is ever faithful. To the truth that he will never leave us nor forsake us. And that in some way, he will somehow provide our needs, heal our hurts, fill our loneliness, and bring new life and hope.
3. We can remember that it’s good to plan, to hope, to dream.
It’s the way God made us. He made us with an inner longing for more than we now have. So our hopes and dreams are a reminder that we were created for more. And a blessing from God that helps us see above and beyond our problems.
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4. And finally, we can remember God’s plans.
He loves us with an everlasting love and has promised to always take care of us, provide for us, and to be our ever present companion. He has good in mind for us. The fact that bad things come because we live in an evil world does not change the good he has planned for us in this life. Or the eternal good he has in mind for us that is far more than we can even imagine, in the next.
So never stop dreaming. Never stop planning. Or hoping.