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If I Could Make An "I Have a Dream" Message

Updated on January 22, 2019
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C. | Source

We are honoring one of America's greatest heroes - Martin Luther King Jr. the father of the civil rights movement. Through his ministry, he influenced millions of hearts in America, not just then, but even for today and in the future, to value all people of all color. I know that extends much further than race. Today Dr. King's image, quotes, speeches, and stories will be shared all around the country and the world via television, radio, film, history books (that have not been revised), social media, newspapers, news networks, you name it, he will be there. You don't need one more tribute that says what everyone else says. Not because he doesn't merit such tributes, quite the opposite. But I don't think I have anything more inspiring to add that hasn't already been said.

I got to thinking, what would it be like to stand at a podium overlooking the capitol mall in Washington D.C. filled with humanity as far as the eye could see, and make an "I have a dream" message? I know masses of people would never come to see me or any average American to hear what our dreams are, but that's not my point. I am full of tears pondering this. I am weeping inside at what dreams I have in my heart. I cannot wax as eloquent and profound as Dr. King. I don't wish to be eloquent and profound in competition with him or to do it to impress and earn the honor of men. It's about what dreams are in my heart. I believe Dr. King would encourage all of us to ponder and express our dreams if they are not hate-filled dreams, if they are dreams for the good of man and for the glory of God.

So back to my question - what would my "I have a dream" message be? Honestly, I don't think I can put them into words. I think the weeping inside of me is coming from deep down dreams that have not yet come to the surface. To let them out as they seem to want to come out would be like a bloodletting, or a hemorrhage feels more true to me. If I could break open my heart right now it would gush and reveal things from within me I did not know were there. It's pain and sorrow, fear, tragedy and adversity that has secretly been forming into deep longing and desire - expectant hope. Blessed assurance.

As I picture myself walking up to that podium and looking out on the thousands of people, I feel my throat painfully constrict. I can feel and hear my heart thumping out of my chest. I can feel tears burn through eye tissue and stream silently down my face. I feel myself slump to the ground with no words to express what I'm feeling, partly because I don't know what all I'm feeling or why, but more so I would be repenting to God, for my selfish impure heart. My dream would be, and is, to embrace His forgiveness and be transformed by the renewing of my mind by the Holy Spirit. My dream would be to then bring light and hope to others by pointing them to their Creator. Dare I dream anything else if my heart is soiled and tattered?

I want my "I have a dream" message to be God's message because His thoughts and desires are far and away much higher and purer than mine. I want to dream and express his longings and make them mine as well. I do have noble dreams that I am sure come from God, but deep down I know in the cracks and recesses of my heart there lurk ugly grains of impurity. I know for sure I possess shallow dreams - the proverbial bucket list. Those are not wrong in and of themselves, but they are not dreams from the depths of my heart. They are not dreams I can't live without.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

His Desires, Our Desires, Dreams Fulfilled

As I am pondering all this Psalm 37:3-4 comes to mind. These verses are full of the beauty of His goodness to those who seek and trust Him.

Trust in the Lord, and do good.

Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness.

Delight yourself in the Lord,

And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (vs. 3)

These words are so poetic and beautiful. But their truth is more beautiful than anything. I think it's very close to Psalm 23 (the Lord is my Shepherd). This passage is God's desire for us. It is an invitation to trust him, to dwell in His land, His kingdom, His presence, His will, and let His faithfulness be our daily food. In this way, we will delight in Him. His desires will become our desires and He will fulfill them if we trust in Him. This passage is full of hope, it is a promise, a gift we must open and use if it is to be fulfilled.

Commit your way to the Lord,

Trust also in Him,

And He shall bring it to pass,

He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light

and justice as the noonday sun. (vs. 4).

To commit our way to the Lord is to put ourselves in His care; it is to trust Him with our lives, which are in His hands if we do. And then comes that beautiful promise, it will come to pass.

My dreams are to see His plans come to pass. For me, for those I love, for those that suffer, for those that recognize they need Him to have peace (even in the midst of storms). What a joy it would be if our nation could gather round Him, trust Him, commit our ways to Him, to delight in Him and receive His faithfulness.

He does not promise the happy rainbow life with no adversity or wickedness around us, but we will find beauty, peace, strength, and comfort in His presence, in the midst of dark and tumultuous times. The wonderful thing is, those who follow Him as this psalm calls us to do, will be a light to others, to our enemies, to those who need good news, love unspeakable and full of glory. That's my dream for the world.

The word of God tells us this will not happen fully because man has free will and their default position is to rebel and reject God. Man is full of pride in himself. But this will be fulfilled in many who come to Him with a whole heart.

I have a dream for more of these

Look at the joy and love in their faces.
Look at the joy and love in their faces. | Source
My two grandsons (lft) and youngest son who bring me great joy.
My two grandsons (lft) and youngest son who bring me great joy. | Source

More Dreams, More Prayers

Every dream I have is a dream I pray for. Dreams of spiritual nature are key to everything because God is our Sovereign Creator and loves us. I have more dreams of practical, personal, spiritual, national matters.

  • I have a dream that my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will seek God, seek integrity and good character, seek and practice kindness, gentleness, and generosity. A selfless life.
  • I have a dream that my country will lay down their weapons of hatred and division, cease their war with words and insults, complaints, and arguing, and seek God for unity, kindness, and productivity.
  • I have a dream that life will be held sacred. I mean primarily, the lives of the vulnerable and helpless.
  • I have a dream that the selfish, needless slaughter of unborn babies will end. I speak of the end of the industry of abortion.
  • I have a dream that the voices of women's rights will be drowned out by the cry of the unborn, the newborn, and the heart of God.
  • I have a dream that the elderly and other vulnerable people will be cherished and honored.
  • I have a dream that kindness and respect will surge in our culture. It will never be total, but my prayer is for us to make great strides in that area. And I realize that anything I dream for the world, I must do myself first.
  • I have a dream for wise, unselfish, uncorrupt leaders in our land. That our president and our lawmakers will seek God and His agenda.
  • I have a dream that good news, good people, and good deeds will override the dark, depressing news that is our daily fare.
  • I have a dream that my young pastor who is suffering from a rare blood cancer will have a successful bone marrow transplant and be cured. I pray for more and more healing of bodies, souls, and minds.
  • I have a dream for the deliverance of those I know and love who are caught in the snare of addiction. I dream that for many.
  • I have a dream that I will be more understanding of people who suffer in a way I don't understand and I will seek to listen and learn without judgment. I dream that for all.
  • I have a dream for God to heal our land, and that it starts with the Church, that the Church will resemble God, not the ways of the darkness; that we will show people hope. That we will live in love. That we will know and stand unapologetically for biblical truth.
  • I have a dream that every reader will dream and know and enjoy the love of God and His forgiveness.
  • I have dreams. What are your dreams? Share in comments.

““When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. "

— Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

© 2019 Lori Colbo


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