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The Impossible Dream

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My wife and I really enjoy watching the old classic TV shows. We’re presently going through the old series, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., starring Jim Nabors as Gomer and Frank Sutton as Sgt. Carter.

Lots of laughs and corny situations; a VERY tame sitcom, which is why we like it.

The last episode we watched showed Gomer singing the song, The Impossible Dream, as he was accompanied by the real Marine Corps Band. I’m telling you, it was inspirational!

The song made me not only think, but actually believe there were still greater things to be done with my life. Though getting along in years, I haven’t outgrown the ability to dream and, with God, see the dreams fulfilled. And neither have you.

Here are the words to the song.

“The Impossible Dream” (The Quest)
Songwriters: Joe Darion & Mitch Leigh

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I’m laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

Out of 30,442 verses in the Bible, I can’t think of a one that has God telling someone, “That’s impossible.”

Now, there were a lot of impossible looking situations, but God did some very outstanding things; just to help out someone committed to fulfilling their God given dream.

And helping someone committed to HIS dreams.

Like Joshua battling the Amorites (Joshua 10). Running out of daylight, God made the sun stand still in the sky for almost 24 hours. It looked impossible, but with God, nothing is impossible.

Like the author of Hebrews wrote, “And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions…” (Hebrews 11:32-33 NKJV). So many miraculous things happened because God was involved with someone who trusted him.

But the greatest feat of all, the greatest victory, came on the day when the Son of God, Jesus Christ, fought for the right…

“Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause”

To destroy the works and authority of the devil, taking the keys of death, hell, and the grave from him. Afterward Jesus told his disciples, “All power is given unto me in Heaven, earth, and under the earth!”

Just to capture his father’s dream, and release the captured “stars”. That’s you and I. After all, God told Abraham to “look at the stars”. Then he said, “So shall your family be.” Stars.

Jesus reached the unreachable stars!

“And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star.”

Impossible? Not with God! He doesn’t have any impossible dreams.

And in him, neither do we.

Love Is An Odd Thing

HeartLove is an odd thing!

It gives without conditions,
It isn’t fearful of what might happen.
It isn’t blind; in fact, love sees things as they really are.
It is like a mirror, accurately reflecting the condition of the one who stops long enough to gaze into it.

It doesn’t demand it’s own way, or complain if inconvenienced.
It won’t require of others anything it hasn’t already done.
It will not steal, rape, or injure. It simply can’t.
It is intimate, but not obscene.

It is secure, in that it doesn’t need to be accepted to know its value.
It never takes advantage of others; their mistakes, their weaknesses, their generosity, or their trust.
It trusts in. It weeps for. It laughs with. Others.
It fulfills every commandment, plus.

It’s like a saucer that sits under a shaky cup of hot coffee. Catching, protecting, gathering, supporting.

It says one thing and does it.
It’s always trying to find a way to reconcile, yet won’t force its way.
It is the motivation behind every great deed.
It doesn’t require a platform to speak from.

It turns a deaf ear to criticism, yet hears the heart’s cry of the lost and hurting.
It outlasts every threat, every rejection, every indifference.
It is imitated by many, but captured by few.
It is the strongest force in the universe, but gentle enough to caress a broken heart.

It is beyond reason, and our wildest dream.

It won’t be fenced in, can’t be bullied.
It’s too good to be true, yet it is the foundation of truth.
It can not be blocked, stopped, quenched, or killed.
It can be ignored and refused. But it lives on, keeps on.

Love is God, God is love.

It is an odd thing.

Imagine

20121208-171231.jpg My wife and I watched a special on TV the other evening. It was the group RAIN, the Beatles tribute band, on IPTV. I really enjoyed watching the group and listening to the songs. What a talented bunch of guys!

Toward the end they played the song “Imagine”. As a teen, I loved it. Before I met Jesus in 1975, I even agreed with the song’s premise. But something’s happened to my “imagination” over the last 37 years. It hasn’t become narrowed, boxed in, cramped, or anything like that. In fact, my imagination has expanded to where I can imagine a world far greater than this one. I can picture in my mind’s eye a time when a lion will lie down with a lamb. I can fathom a heaven so grand it will take eternity to explore it all. And I can dream, in living color, people from every kindred, race, and tribe surrounding the Throne of God in endless worship!

What I am still having a hard time comprehending though is the love of God. How could it be that the God of the Ages, the Creator, Father God, would love me enough to give His best for me at my worst? How could He love me without placing conditions on that love? Oh, sure, there are conditions to entering heaven, to walking with God, etc. But He loved me, and even forgave me, in and through Christ, while I was rotten to the core!

You may say I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. There’s a great big family of dreamers in the earth and heaven. Their imagination is seeded with God’s Word. They imagine a world where all things are possible to those who believe. They dream of a place where God does exceedingly, abundantly above our imagination.

As for the love of God, I’m still working on that. But this I’ve learned; just because I can’t figure it out doesn’t make it untrue, or not as real. So in the meantime, I’ll keep on imaging, dreaming, and experiencing The One Who is beyond comprehension. I’ll thank Him for the privilege of knowing Him as much as I do, and keep searching to know Him more.

And I’ll do it for all eternity!

Imagine that.

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