DayBreaks for 11/20/17: In Due Time
NOTE: Galen is traveling…again.
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2007:
“Somewhere over the rainbow, bluebirds fly, somewhere over the rainbow, why then, oh why, can’t I?” Every heart carries dreams and hopes and ambitions. I’ve always wanted to be able to fly (without being in an airplane.) I know other people who have dreamed of sailing the south Pacific or climbing some of the earth’s tallest mountains. Others dream of being a police officer, astronaut, explorer, singer, dancer or actor. Hopes and dreams are an essential part of life.
In Discipleship Journal, Carole Mayhall tells of a woman who went to a diet center to lose weight. The director took her to a full-length mirror. On it he outlined a figure and told her, “This is what I want you to be like at the end of the program.” Days of intense dieting and exercise followed, and every week the woman would stand in front of the mirror, discouraged because her bulging outline didn’t fit the director’s ideal. But she kept at it, and finally one day she conformed to the longed-for image. – Daily Bread, August 8, 1990
For a long time, as a child, I wanted to be either a brain surgeon or astronaut. When I started off to college, I was torn between pursuing a career in medicine or in ministry. For over 25 years, I did neither, although I took classes that could have led in both directions. The thrill of holding someone’s physical life in my hands during surgery was intoxicating. The adventure and wonder of flying through space to the moon caught my imagination.
What we dream of and long for help to shape what we actually become. That’s partly why Scripture says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” (Phil. 4:8) We’re also told that we are what we think about in our hearts. We’re told what our vision should be: to lock our eyes on to Christ and to become like him. Pretty heady stuff, when you think about that one!
The absence of dreams (a vision and focus for life) can be equally serious: we can wind up just drifting along and one day we bump into shore and we are something that we never wanted to be, stuck somewhere in a place we never wanted to be. God wants more for us, for you, than that.
I have been out of high school now for a staggering 47 years (as of 2017). Even if I’d pursued a career in medicine, I would have been out of college for 35 years or so. Are there days when I still wish that I was a neurosurgeon or astronaut? Yeah, there are. But they’re a lot less frequent now. Here’s what I want to be when I grow up: I want to be Christ-like. It is hard to imagine that such a thing is possible, but Peter says it is in 2 Peter 1. 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV) says: And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Like the woman in front of the mirror who saw the shape of what she wanted to be gradually became the shape she actually was, let us all fix our eyes on the perfect Image, the exact Image, of God. And in due time, if we don’t grow weary, we will take on that Image to His everlasting glory.
PRAYER: Jesus, it’s hard to believe that we could come to look like You. Help us to keep looking at You and to You, our perfect example. May we regain what we were meant to be that we have lost through sin. Help us to be patient with ourselves, even as You patiently shape us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2017 by Galen C. Dalrymple.