Dreams that Shape the City / Day 9

BIBLE READING

Eph 2: 10 (The Passion Translation)

We have become His poetry, a recreated people that will fulfil the destiny He has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfil it!

Gen 37: 19

‘Here comes that dreamer!’ they said to each other.

Heb 12: 1-3

….let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

REFLECTION

I have a good friend called Adrienne who, a number of years ago, found herself spending 10 months in a Dublin hospital at the bedside of her very sick little baby Hugh.  She lived close to the hospital and so was able to return home at night.  However, she noticed that many parents who lived much further away spent uncomfortable nights on hospital chairs and beds to be close to their little ones who were receiving care.  Sadly little Hugh didn’t survive, but during those weeks and months of watching families come and go, a dream began to form in Adrienne’s heart.  What if there was a large house close to the hospital to accommodate families of children who were being treated?  What if each room was carefully decorated by the family of a child who had received treatment, according to what their specific tastes and needs were?  What if it was completely free for families to stay and food was donated by local restaurants and supermarkets?  God literally gave Adrienne a dream of the exact building they would occupy long before she saw it in reality.  Just over two years ago ‘Hugh’s House’ opened close to Temple Street Children’s Hospital in Dublin.  My friend Adrienne actually won the ‘Irish Person of the Year’ Award last year for her incredible work.

Dreams are sometimes born out of adversity and pain.  They may be formed through agitation and frustration.  Heartache and hurt we have faced become the seeds of a project offering hope and healing.   We see something and imagine how it should be, we picture how it could be.  Very often our dreams and desires will be tied to meeting the deepest needs of others in our city and community.  No one else might understand why we are so emotional about an issue, why it affects us so deeply.  Honestly, often we aren’t even sure.  All we know is that it has touched our hearts and motivated us to do something.  The possibility of seeing the dream fulfilled helps us push through the obstacles and endure the opposition that might stand in our way.   We’ll pay whatever it costs, we’ll do whatever it takes. 

That’s what we read about Jesus in Hebrews 12.  He had a glorious dream, a holy burden, an overwhelming desire to restore humanity into right relationship with His Father.  It was born out of the pain of separation caused by our rebellion and sin.  Jesus was willing to do whatever it took.  You and I were ‘the joy set before Him.’  The fulfilment of that dream would cost Him everything but it would meet our greatest need for eternity.  His passion to fulfil the mission enabled him to endure the cross and scorn its shame.  

What do you see around you that makes you frustrated, concerned and even burdened?  What are the greatest needs you see in our community that aren't currently being met? What activity, work or act of serving makes you come alive with a feeling of passion and purpose? Has God been placing dreams and desires in your heart but you don't know where to even begin? 

This Sunday evening at 7.00 pm we are starting a new 5 week series called: ‘Here Comes That Dreamer’, looking at the life of Joseph in the book of Genesis.  His story began with a dream, two in fact, but between the dreams and the destination there were many highs and lows we can learn from as we live out our own God-inspired dreams.  Join us this Sunday at 9.30 am, 11.30 am and 7.00 pm.