Dreams, Prayers And Shovelling Gravel

Walt Disney said: ‘If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.’

Inspirational speakers at school speech days used such quotes. Were my lovely Special Needs children dreaming of becoming brain surgeons?

Danny yesterday quoted Jesus: ‘Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ … Jesus’ version of Walt Disney?

Musing on the friends and families of the 65 Ukrainians buried in an unmarked grave yesterday… my friend caring for her dying husband… Is it really that straight forward?

Danny was preaching on Jeremiah: ‘‘For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘’plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’’

Dreams will come true; prayers will be answered!

Danny explained the context: ‘When seventy years are completed… I will come to you and fulfil my gracious promise.’

Musing… Fulfilled dreams, answered prayers are great when they’re quick… but 70 years?

Reading the story of Hannah this morning. Waiting, childless, when other women were having babies was painful; her prayers seemed unanswered, her dreams unfulfilled. She felt unloved, useless, guilty, stressed, a failure…

But she couldn’t give up hope. She believed that her prayers could be answered… the situation could be resolved… the timing was outside her control… her God worked in ways she couldn’t understand.

Yesterday Sir Rod Stewart was shovelling gravel, fixing potholes on a road near his home in Essex…

Sometimes, despite problems, worries, fears, doubts, unfulfilled dreams, unanswered prayers… I just have to get on with it… shovelling my gravel, fixing my potholes.

Sir Rod said: ‘My Ferrari can’t go through here at all.’

Musing… Walt, Danny, Hannah, Rod… unanswered prayers and unfulfilled dreams… my faith, that asks difficult questions, lives with unfulfilled dreams, accepts apparently unanswered prayers… and gets on with shovelling today’s gravel.

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