DayBreaks for 03/23/11 – The Impossible Dream
And we are among those whom he selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles. 25 Concerning the Gentiles, God says in the prophecy of Hosea, “Those who were not my people, I will now call my people. And I will love those whom I did not love before.” 26 And, “Then, at the place where they were told, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘children of the living God. – Romans 9:24-26
One of the things that Christians struggle with the most is fully believing they are accepted by God. I suppose this is because we know, as believers, that God hates sin. We know that ultimately, justice must be served and punishment meted out for sin. We are not immune from sin, and so when we do sin, we feel that God could not possibly still love us. We forget that the punishment for our sin has already been poured out on Christ. Still, we struggle…it seems to much to hope for, or dream for, to believe the Good News.
Our inability to really believe the Good News as it relates to us is a serious problem because it implies a lack of trust and faith. We need to be able to not just see, but really believe, that the reflection we see staring back at us from the mirror is a child of God. We need to believe in what God has done with us and in us by the power of His Spirit.
A good example of such a change is found in the story of Dulcinea, a character from the great literary classic, Don Quixote. Don Quixote, the main character in the story, lives with many illusions, the greatest of which is his notion that he is a knight errant who battles dragons (though in reality they are windmills.) In the Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, as the play comes to a close, Don Quixote lies dying. At his side is a prostitute, Aldonza, whom he has called by the name Dulcinea (“Sweet One”). He has borne much ridicule from the townsfolk of his village because of his affection for his Dulcinea. But Don Quixote has loved her in a way unlike she has ever experienced. He has treated her with dignity and respect, lavished her with praises and devotion. When Quixote finally breathes his last, Aldonza begins singing “The Impossible Dream.” In the musical, as the final notes of the song drift away, one can hear someone shouting to her, calling her by her name: “Aldonza!” But she pulls herself proudly away from the corpse of Don Quixote and declares, “My name is Dulcinea.” The love of the crazed knight had transformed her and made her believe what had been the impossible dream.
May you believe the richness of God’s blessing. May you believe the reality of your adoption as His beloved child. May you be transformed forever by the love of the One who has pursued you across time and eternity!
PRAYER: Oh, Father! Let us believe our standing in Christ Jesus! Let us be changed forever by His matchless love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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