In a world of Good Friday Nightmares, it is time for Easter Dreams.
After the completion of Disney World, someone remarked, “Isn’t it too bad that Walt Disney didn’t live to see this!” Mike Vance, creative director of Disney Studios replied, “He did see it……that’s why it’s here.”
Everything in life that we use or hold, eat or watch, wear, sit on or listen to — was a creation of human ingenuity that started out as a dream. Before anything can become tangible, it must first become a reality in the mind of its dreamer. A God Provide
Only when the dream is real for one can it become real for all. Not until the dream is real for me, can it become real for you.
Zippers, Christmas tree lights, quadruple bypass heart surgery, combustion engines, cotton candy, x-rays, air conditioning, flush toilets, matches, eyeglasses, espresso…. all these things were once dreams in some person’s mind. The dreams of others make our lives tasty, pleasant, and sometimes even possible.
So why is it that we live in a world furnished with the dreams of others, yet there are so many nightmares stalking the land?
Why did we first nightmare up nuclear weaponry – instead of dreaming up world peace?
Why did we nightmare up high-tech security systems and gated communities – instead of dreaming up communities of trust?
Why did we nightmare up fast foods – instead of dreaming up a way to feed every hungry child?
Why did we nightmare up apartheid and slavery and Jim Crow – instead of dreaming up societies of justice and equality?
Because the Good Friday Nightmare was transformed into the Easter Dream, the way has been opened for ending all nightmares and incarnating all dreams. The Resurrection means that Christians can expectantly:
– Dream of plenty in the midst of poverty
– Dream of compassion in the midst of indifference
– Dream of justice in the midst of inequity
– Dream of holiness in the midst of selfishness
– Dream of love in the midst of hate
The Risen Jesus says: “Go and preach the Good News to everyone in the world.” (Mark 16:15)
Wonderful thoughts and words from Leonard Sweet