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Made me think about the people I have come across in my journey. I remember people who had no hope due to the negative circumstances into which they were born. Then there were those who maintained a vice grip on hope since it was the only thing that helped them see beyond their circumstances. So many of us are born with dreams or develop them as we journey through life. Along that course unexpected events may alter our route, sometimes involuntarily deferring a dream.

Dream Deferred

“What happens to a dream deferred?

Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun?

Or fester like a sore– And then run?

Does it stink like rotten meat?

Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet?

Maybe it just sags like a heavy load.

Or does it explode?” ( by Langston Hughes)

My mother shared the above poem with me when I was a child. I didn’t fully grasp the depth of the word “deferred” until I began to face disappointment in my life. Unlike those PESKY but “helpful” college loans, dreams do not require the signing of any special paperwork to be approved for deferrment. At any given time circumstances beyond our control can swirve into our lane on the road to the fulfillment of our dreams. Perhaps like motorists with that wonderful “good neighbor”, you have already established insurance or a backup plan that would help you safely weather the unexpected.  Others may be precariously juggling multiple crises while praying to God that another won’t be thrown into the mix, sending them over the deep end.

Growing up in the United States I heard a lot about the “American Dream”. This history of the U.S. is filled with stories of underdog overcomers who came to these shores with nothing, but were able to turn their situation around for their families. People still come to this country in hopes of tapping into that dream. Others feel disenfranchised as another generation of their family attempts to cash in on what seems to be a bad check given to the downtrodden by America.

In the words of one who has soldiered on before us,  Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.”

Consider this. Maybe it isn’t necessarily the nation itself that has afforded the opportunity to achieve great things. Yes, there are freedoms, laws, programs, and services afforded to those who live within America’s borders, but “the great vaults of opportunity” are found in the expectation that grows as a result of hearing the testimonies of those with past successes (aka “testimonies”). This is what fuels us to pursue more than what we can physically see. However, this may be a lengthy process.

Proverbs 13:11-12 (NLT) advises us along these lines:

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Even Abraham, a man considered to be “the Father of Faith” had to “patiently endure”before “he obtained the promise” (Hebrews 6:15, KJV). So know that in your enduring patience as you pursue your dream, you join the ranks of great men and women who have also journeyed this road.

If you do not have a car, don’t allow a lack of transportation (vehicle to achieve your goals) stop your pursuit. If you have a car but are without the gas needed to get it moving (resources) or a license to drive (education), do not be discouraged. Maybe you are driving but can’t see the road for the stormy weather (circumstances) surrounding you. Stormy weather, though rough in its onslaught, is temporary.

Keep pursuing the dream! I pray that God continues to strengthen you and connect you with all the resources required to see it to the end! There is so much waiting for us on the other side of the decision to persevere.

We move forward with the expectation that one day our dream deferred will be fulfilled.

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