I got this from my sister, and it kind of got me thinking.Throughout my life I feel like there wasn't a lot of space to dream. I just think the way the world is setup up, reality seems to stifle dreams and adventure. Sometimes I'd give in to what reality said I should be doing; other times I followed my heart and really found my true self. I went to architecture school and found my passion even though everything seemed to be pointing me elsewhere. I've aspired to travel the world and expand my understanding of other cultures and people even though I don't have a steady income (I save and go out less). I'm trying to do freelance photography and learning, even though I feel like I should consider finding a part-time job (like waitressing or retail). Reality really bites into our aspirations, don't you think?

Then I read this passage from Sir Francis Drake and remember God wants me to live! Afterall, He's the one who told the the children of Israel to cross the red sea and the desert. It was Him who threw Jonah into the mouth of the whale. He was the one who got Elijah to go into the wilderness. So then I remember, if God is leading me to follow my dreams, I shouldn't let anyone or anything stop me.

Disturb us, Lord, when We are too well pleased with ourselves, When our dreams have come true Because we have dreamed too little, When we arrived safely Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when With the abundance of things we possess We have lost our thirst For the waters of life; Having fallen in love with life, We have ceased to dream of eternity And in our efforts to build a new earth, We have allowed our vision Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, To venture on wider seas Where storms will show your mastery; Where losing sight of land, We shall find the stars. We ask You to push back The horizons of our hopes; And to push into the future In strength, courage, hope, and love. [Sir Francis Drake]

I hope you all are continually challenged and rejuvenated. I wanted to leave you with this verse..... "Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day." 2 Corinthians 4:16


Image originally posted here as my interpretation of "Dream".