Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I Know it was only a Dream, but...

Have you had one of those dreams?

One of those dreams that is so vivid and real?

A dream where you are heading to a place of beauty and serenity?

A dream where as you travel toward the destination, the colors become more vivid, more eye-popping, more unbelievable?

A dream where you rise and climb and from a distance see a place that words cannot describe?  Because it is so overwhelming in how it looks?

And yet, this destination is at a distance.  You know you will not arrive there--at least for the time being.  But the destination is not altogether strange.  It is somehow familiar.  Somehow, deep in the recesses of your heart and soul, you know of this place.  Somehow, in some way, the imprint of this place was molded into you.

And so, while it is new and exciting and different, it is also familiar and comforting and old.

I dreamed this dream.

I saw this place.
The Christian says, "Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exist.  A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country, which I shall not find till after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.”  --C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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