Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him…Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth… (James 1:12, 16-17)
We recently returned from “Fake City” where the only things real were palm trees, carefully caged alligators, and, unfortunately, calories. It was enjoyable and refreshing to enter this fantasy world for a few days, to let go of the responsibilities and challenges we face daily, to embrace a world where everything is good and fun – a place where dreams (seem) to “come true.” We effortlessly slipped into this make-believe world, releasing our minds from the realities of our not so perfect lives, letting go of the hard decisions to be made, forgetting the struggles and burdens we carried. Just like children whose eyes light up on Christmas morning as they discover the gifts left by Santa Claus while they slept, we embraced the pretend worlds of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Mickey Mouse and Elsa, where all things end well and everyone lives “happily ever after”. We imagined traveling around the world tasting foods from foreign lands, listening to music from colorful cultures, experiencing magnificent light shows, fireworks, magic, and adventure, and gasping in awe of the splendor of God’s creation as we soared above the earth in a simulated hang-glider encounter.
However, entering and living in this world of fantasy forever would be ridiculous and impossible. Everything seemed perfect in that make-believe world, but the reality is that real life is messy, sometimes sad and mundane, and sometimes, downright ugly. There is no escape from disappointments, suffering, and death because of the curse of sin and deceitfulness of the enemy.
But the truth is, there is hope. Perfection does exist and one day we can surely be a part of that Perfect Reality where there is no more sin, sorrow or death. We know this is true because we know the One Who is the True Reality – the breathtaking, beyond-measure Beautiful Father who never lies. He has promised this Perfect future – and His Promises are ALWAYS True!
Until then, we live by faith, trusting in His unseen loving hand, believing He is the Good and Perfect Father, knowing He is preparing a perfect place for us – a place where all our dreams will certainly come true – as our desires line up with His will and perfect reality.
Therefore, we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. – II Corinthians 4:16-18
This is reality where our dreams really DO come true!
Kim Olachea has been a pastor’s wife for 35 years. In 2017, she launched a new ministry for pastor’s wives, Pastor’s Wives, EveryDay Lives, and is the founder of ProverbWise. Kim and her husband, Joe, live in Medford, NJ, and have five adult children and seven grandchildren.