“Hearts rebuilt from hope resurrect dreams killed by hate.”
The capacity for dreaming, for establishing hope that swims immersed in a true sense of purpose, is a universal human trait. We live with hope and we die without it. And perhaps all of us have known of times and circumstances where dreams that were encapsulated in the imagination were shattered.
Yes, this has been our experience if we have lived life. If our lives have had any abundance at all, we will have suffered the destruction of a dream, or maybe more than one; perhaps many.
Though dreams were never meant to be crushed, the uncertainty surrounding life means that nothing is guaranteed. The generalisation is dreams generally come to pass, and, like wisdom, we can rely on their broad reliability.
But then, occasionally, without warning, comes a tidal wave; a torrent of unmerited suffering.
We are required to respond. But this is an indignity. We are made to respond when we feel it is an imposition. Whether we like it or not, we still need to respond.
The Right Rebound
There isn’t much good in not rebounding, though we may resist perilously, throwing caution to the wind. We want to make a statement that we are not happy.
But nobody wins upon such an instinct for reprisal. Not only us, but others suffer some level of indignity when we take it upon ourselves to resist beyond the will of God.
The call of God on our lives when our dreams are broken is to fall into line, by a surrender that is uncommon to us human beings.
The right rebound is crucial, and we borrow hope from anywhere. A borrowed hope is better than no hope at all. And the beauty of a borrowed hope is we can to make a habit of it, as well as getting better more and more at the practice of hope-filled thinking.
Rebuilding broken dreams seems arduous. It’s all work. But we have everything to work for; everything to gain.
Perhaps everyone has broken dreams that need to be revealed. The best of people accept their loss and quickly rebuild to regain what they can, but they still suffer.
Within the character of our rebound is the light of our hope. When we plan a deliberate rebound, forged in humility and patience, we ironically inspire.
The end has not yet come. We have a Living Hope as we live in the body and entertain thought of flying off into the ether. Hope is what propels us to rebuild shattered dreams. What God has spoken into our situations he is redeeming through us. What was broken will be fixed; if we let it be so.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.