Words of Encouragement

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Susan Boyle was just another woman in the neighbourhood a short while ago and well known worldwide now. She is an ordinary woman, who at the time of this writing has tens of millions of viewings on her You-Tube video taken during her “Britain’s Got Talent” audition. She was on the news, in the papers, and splashed all over the internet. Her name spread across the planet like wildfire in just a few days. The media was saturated.

What in the world did she do? She did not find a cure for cancer. She did not win the Nobel Prize. She did, however, sing a song in front of the BGT judges and the dreaded Simon Cowell and lived to tell about it. The crowd laughed and cynical sounds emerged from the audience when they saw this ordinary, middle aged woman say she hoped to be a professional singer. The judges sighed and gave their “here we go again” looks. She was ordinary, that is, until she opened her mouth to sing. She sang about eight words before jaws dropped and mouths flew open, the crowd erupted, and everyone changed their minds about Susan Boyle.

 I asked my husband Jeff what his thoughts were on why people were so excited about her and he said this: “she represents all of us, a person with unrecognized gifts and strengths, devalued by society that looks on the surface and not at the heart.” Yup, I think we all can relate to that in some ways. What do you think? The irony is that the song from Les Miserables that made Susan Boyle famous is a very sad song. Here are a couple of the verses:

But the tigers come at night
With their voices soft as thunder
As they tear your hope apart
And they turn your dream to shame
I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seemed
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

Maybe we feel just like that … hopes torn apart, dreams turned to shame, and our lives so different from what we thought they would be.

But what if our lives could be “so different from this hell we’re living?”

And what if God still has a dream for our lives no matter what has happened to kill our dreams, no matter if we think it is too late, or too far gone, or we are too old, or too sad, or too messed up?

What if, in spite of all that, the God of the universe says He is the salvager of killed dreams?

What if He were to say to us that He has a dream for us far more than we could ever imagine?

What if all we have to do is say okay, I believe in God’s dream for my life and choose to take His hand and let Him make sense of what we can’t begin to make sense of? God’s track record is perfect in spite of what has happened in our lives that make us waiver.  I have learned that He loves us with a love that we cannot comprehend!

Maybe we will never have a moment in the limelight like Susan Boyle, where we are seen by millions, but we have our mighty God who says I SEE YOU. Maybe we don’t feel significant or valued but God values us and thinks we are to die for. Perhaps we have gifts and talents that God has given to us that people never notice, but God notices us and is waiting to use them if we will just let Him have control.

As for Susan Boyle, we don’t know what will happen to her in the future. Will she go back home to her home content that she had her moment of fame? Will she crumble under the stress, or will she continue on in new found stardom and fame long term?  I wish her well.

I dream a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No sung unsung, no wine untasted

Embrace HIS dream for your life. Keep your hopes high in Him. Life with Jesus is worth living. His love will never die. God IS forgiving, all we need to do is ask. He makes good of dreams made and used and wasted and HE PAID OUR RANSOM! Sing His song for your life.

 I like the way this reads in the Message paraphrase.

Ephesians 3: 17 -20 That Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite Him in. And I ask Him that with both feet planted firmly on love, you’ll be able to take in with all Christians the extravagant dimensions of Christ’s love. Reach out and experience the breadth! Test its length! Plumb the depths! Rise to the heights! Live full lives, full in the fullness of God. God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. (MSG).

 By Cyndi den Otter (C)

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