Word of Hope From Pastor Shane

Hope of Fallen Dreams

This past week during my personal bible reading time I read again, John 12. The following verses have struck me in a different way during this pandemic. I invite you to read verse 20-27.

20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.

 

As I read this text and thought about our present situation along with our graduates whether they be high school or college. I think about the small business owners, teachers, students, athletes, those in the hospitality industry, churches and so many more whose lives, as well as, livelihoods that have been that have been just turned upside down. I have also thought about these individuals and the dreams they had.

The graduate has dreamt of walking across the stage to receive a diploma with friends, family and teachers celebrating their accomplishment. I think about the dreams of a small business owner who looked forward to days of prosperity and growth. I think about the church that dreamt about expanding ministries to impact their community with the gospel of Jesus Christ as they continued to gather each week to be encourage. As I have thought about these different groups, I realize they and we have the same issue. We have all seen a little of our dream die. None of us dreamed of being in this place, yet we are here.

As I have thought about all of this in light of the scripture text especially verse 24: “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” This text is talking about Jesus giving up his life so we could all have eternal life; however, I wonder about us applying it to our lives and circumstances. I wonder what happens when we take our dreams, our hard word, and our lives and plant them into the soil of the Holy Spirit. I wonder what new and exciting things may come to pass. Instead of us dwelling on what we don’t have; I wonder what would happen if we gave it all to God and prayed: “God I give you this seed of a dream, perhaps broken, and I ask you to allow it to flourish in my life.”

I believe out of all that is happening that God will take it and use it in a way that works best for the Kingdom of God and ourselves. A few weeks ago, I planted seeds in my garden and I wasn’t sure what they would do, so I planted far more than I needed. Today, I went out to look and, it appears, every seed I planted sprouted. Now for the garden to flourish, there will be some plants that I will have to pull up, even healthy ones.

I don’t pretend to understand all that is taking place with this pandemic. I don’t have the ability to see into the future, but faith tells me as Jesus proclaimed in verse 27: “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” I’m not Jesus and I have not been asked to die for the redemption of all humanity; however, I am a disciple of Jesus, and, just maybe, God created me to walk through this hour to prove He still lives, cares and loves each and every one of us. Are you willing to let your dream fall to the ground to see what God might do? Will you pray with me?

God of all creation; you are the giver and sustainer of ALL life. You are the One from Whom our hopes and dreams come. Today, we lay those dreams at Your feet and we ask that you grow them as You will; giving us the courage to trust and wait upon Your timing and purpose. It is in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Know you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Shane