I am such a dreamer. I am not talking about the night time dreams that happen after you fall asleep and enter the REM stage of sleeping (see this informative article on the stages of sleep and dreaming- http://www.dreammoods.com/dreaminformation/dreamresearch.htm). I am usually thinking about the next event or day that is coming up and wondering with excitement about the events of the day. It seems like Joseph and I have a lot in common with dreaming. His brothers called him a ‘dreamer’ (Genesis 37:19b) yet his dreams came true. These were dreams that came from God and he became 2nd in command of Egypt next to Pharoah (Genesis 41:38-43).
I don’t know if my dreams are from God and there is some merit in dreaming of big plans and putting them into motion. However, some of my dreams are getting in the way of living in the moment. I should stop myself and enjoy the moment of today.
In Eccles 3:1, Solomon (the writer attributed to this piece of wisdom literature) says, ‘for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven”. In the verses following,…Solomon talks about a time to be born, die, plant, pluck up, weep, laugh, mourn and dance, etc. What he doesn’t say and I would like to add: a time to dream and a time to live in the moment.
There are definitely times to dream ….I love to dream….it usually makes me happy to be thinking of things to do, places to go, people to see, problems to solve. But at some point, I need to STOP and come back to reality….the here and now. And why does the dreaming need to STOP for that moment?
Because it is in that time, I am thankful for what God has given me. I can enjoy the worship time in His presence, I can listen to a sermon said by one of His servants and think about how it applies to my life, I can enjoy a meal with friends and laugh about nothing, talk about the things that are challenging and listen in on a friends new dream/project.
Yes, dreaming can be fun but sometimes living in the moment can be just as rewarding and bring joy to your heart. I challenge you today to STOP dreaming about the next big event coming up and live in the moment for today.