“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
— Ecclesiastes 3:11
Roberto Clemente. I was slightly heavier and a left-hander, so I pretended to be Willie Stargell. Roberto and Willie played together for the Pirates from 1962 through 1972. We never became great baseball players. My brother played one year in high school and I only three years in Little League. But as children, we dreamed huge dreams.
Can you remember childhood dreams? Who were your childhood heroes? My son, Ryan, now 30 years old, loved Bo and Luke of The Duke’s of Hazard. Ryan’s dream was to get a cool car and “well” the doors shut so he could climb in through the windows like Bo Duke. The make-believe and childhood heroes have transitioned from the Dukes to Ninja Turtles, to Power Rangers and, most recently, to Iron Man.
The scriptures tell us that God has “set eternity in the human heart.” When God created human beings, He breathed into us and we became living souls. We are distinctively set above and apart from the rest of the created order. There is something about the human soul that makes us look for something more, to ask why things are as they are. We seek to make sense of our lives, our suffering, and our failures.
God has created us to consider eternity; yet “no one can fathom what God has done from the beginning to end.” Although we yearn for eternity, we cannot see or fully understand God’s plans. Therefore, we search and dream.
We dream big dreams, especially as children. We dream outlandish unrealistic dreams. Some folks believe dreaming is foolish, but not me. I say, keep dreaming. God has wonderful plans, supernatural plans for us. Let us dream great big dreams in the power of His creative, imaginative Holy Spirit.
When the scriptures speak about putting away childish ways, I believe they refer to selfish and sinful attitudes but not hopes and dreams. The love chapter of the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 13, after describing God’s love, tells us to put away childish ways. Then the chapter closes, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13).
If the traits of God and Christians that last forever are faith, hope, and love, then we must, and should, keep dreaming. Ask God to show us His good plan and future for our lives and seek to fulfill that dream in the power of God’s Spirit within us. Our Lord told us in Matthew 18:3, “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I pray for each of us to possess the innocence and imagination of little children. O Lord, let us settle for nothing less than Your good and perfect future for our lives. Amen.
Randy Bain is the Senior Pastor of Oakland UM Church located at 1504 Bedford St., Johnstown. You may reach him through the church website www.oaklandumc.com.