Between the dreaming and the coming true...
Wednesdays w/ Wes:
Reflections for a whole life…
Over recent days I’ve taken to doing some reading to begin the day…and other reading to conclude the day. It has been an important meditative process to connect the hours of my days with my commitment to be growing deeper as a human…as a man, husband, father, friend, mentor...as one who longs to follow hard after the Triune God, though imperfectly most days...but still walking forward in growing faith and trust.
The morning reading has brought a welcome inhaling of the potential of the day. The evening reading has invited an exhaling of both the goodness of what did take place and the disappointment of what did not take place.
The evening readings have been a slow churn through a wise and timely book: Between the Dreaming and the Coming True/The Road Home to God by Robert Benson. I’ve had it on my “to read” shelf for awhile. The timing for now was perfect. It helps to reflect, at depth, LDGs Circle of Life Mentoring Model. Here are some gems:
P. 35…Deep within each of us is the urge to know and to be known. It is as central to the core of our being as is the urge to dance in the sunshine or cry at weddings or sing in the shower or laugh at children or fall backward in the snow.
When we were given the capacity to love, to speak, to decide, to dream, to hope and create and suffer, we were also given the longing to be known by the One who most wants to be completely known. It is a longing woven into the very fabric of the image in which we were made.
P. 54…Frederick Buechner implores us to listen to our lives, to the very sound of them, for that is where, “if God speaks to us at all in this world…it is into our personal lives that he speaks.”
We need only listen to our own lives, I think, to hear the son of creation and compassion and companionship. It is in our lives that we can hear that there is a place for us among the many rooms of the Father’s house. It is in our lives that we hear that God is with us still, and speaks even yet.
P.75…”How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives,” writes Annie Dillard. “What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing.” I finally realized that I was no longer willing to spend any more hours not being who I was—for love or money or anything else.
P. 141…We do not always see that we should be moving about our days and lives and places with awe and reverence and wonder, with the same soft steps with which we enter the room of a sleeping child or the mysterious silence of a cathedral. There is no ground that is not holy ground. All of the places of our lives are sanctuaries; some of them just happen to have steeples. And all of the people in our lives are saints, it is just that some of them have day jobs and most will never have feast days named after them.
P. 144…The journey between the dreaming and the coming true is a journey made on holy ground. It is a journey made through silence and longing where if we will listen, we can hear the whisper of the Dreamer echoing deep within us, calling us to become what the Dreamer sees when our names were first whispered: saints who believe in and pay attention for and recognize the Voice; saints who live our lives in joy and confidence and hope rather than judgment and anxiety and desperation; saints whose hours and days and lives are spent carrying people to the Christ, lending each other a hand when one of us has fallen, slipping along the river that brings joy to the heart of God, carrying God’s peace and love and presence and life to those we meet along the way.
This is what we have been sent here to do. And we will. The Dreamer’s dreams will always come true.