Living the Dream! I have heard that expression many times but for some reason never really applied the thought to my own life. Recently, upon pondering my situation I have realized, that I must be living the dream!
In my pondering I divided the thought of “living the dream” from “living the fantasy.” In a fantasy, nothing is really real, there are no problems and there are no challenges to sully our warm and fuzzy feelings. But life is never like that. Even when it may appear that it is, it is very short lived indeed as it is exposed as the fantasy it is.
What dream might I be living? I have always dreamed of having a wonderful wife and family. I have dreamed of good health. I have dreamed of belonging to a happy, vital faith community that helps many people. I have dreamed of living in a beautiful place and having a home. I have dreamed that my life would have meaning and purpose. Yes, I am living the dream.
I write this not to gloat or to rub anyone’s nose in my feelings of joy, but perhaps to allow my discovery to lead you to a similar one. I recently read Psalm 126 and it expresses the joy in living the dream. Specifically it was written when the Jews were returned to the Promised Land after many years of captivity. What they had dreamed of for many years was now their reality.
Psalm 126:1-6 (MsgB)
A pilgrim song
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion’s exiles.
 We laughed, we sang,
we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
“God was wonderful to them!”
 God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.
 And now, God, do it again—
bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
 So those who planted their crops in despair
will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
 So those who went off with heavy hearts
will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
There are a lot of “drought-stricken lives” in the world today. Financial troubles, tensions in relationships, not having a purpose or feeling meaningful are many things that keep us from “living the dream.” Reading Psalm 126 helps us to remember that even when we have to “plant our crops in despair” or when we live with “heavy hearts” that God is able to revive our dreams when it may seem impossible and out of reach to us. Keep doing what is right, keep believing, keep working, your dream is closer than you think.
Rev. Stephen S. Brown is pastor of the Kenai New Life Assembly of God.