Have you ever read the children’s book Frederick? It’s about a mouse who gets ridiculed by his fellow mice because he is lost in thought, dreaming, while everyone else is busy storing food for winter. He says he too is preparing, but none of the other mice believe him. But then winter comes, and slowly supplies begin to run out. The mice become desperate and ask Frederick to share his store with them, and so with great emotion he weaves together the images and words he has been pondering to create a vivid picture of the beauty and value of seasons. The mice are inspired and praise Frederick for being a great poet. They had no idea how important Frederick’s dreaming would be to their well-being. It’s easy to slip into living in automatic. It’s easy to push aside the probing and the dreaming and simply live day by day. Dreaming can be painful, after all—Not all dreams work out, and those that do aren’t exactly as they seemed in our heads. Dreams are always complicated. And so either we abandon the dreams before they have a chance, or we just stop dreaming altogether. We convince ourselves we are living “normal life,” where expectations and levels of disappointment are kept low. We don’t experience great heights, but neither do we experience great depths. The potential for pain is just too much. Dreaming is vulnerable business. But it’s also a luxury! A friend reminded me last month that too many people in our world must focus all their thoughts on surviving today, that there is literally no time for dreaming or even planning for next week. So those of us who have the luxury of dreaming also have a responsibility! We must dream. We must dream for those who cannot; in fact our dreams should often have them in mind.
I want to introduce you to a family whose dreams led them to adopt two little girls into their already crazy family of four boys. And if managing work and the home life involved with being a family of eight weren't enough, Dad is part of an organization called Life for the Innocent, whose dream is to rescue children from human trafficking and bring them healing. And every time this dream is realized--every time a child is rescued and restored--that child is also given the luxury to dream.
And so you see...though dreaming makes us vulnerable to failure and disappointment, it can also lead to more than we could have ever imagined.
To find out more about Life for the Innocent: HERE