“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.” – Psalm 126:1
When you find yourself stuck between where you were and where you want to be for an extended period of time, it can be easy to lose your capacity to dream. As Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” When your feel heart-sick, dreaming is the last thing on your mind. But Psalm 126 encourages us to never stop dreaming, even when what we’re hoping for hasn’t become a reality yet.
The Israelites had been delivered from their captivity in Babylon, but they had to wait for the land of Zion to be restored so they could return to it. This waiting seemed to go on forever, but then Psalm 126:1 says, “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.”
Surviving those seasons of waiting requires us to keep dreaming, rather than giving up and losing hope. Maybe you know what it’s like to be stuck and help captive to a reality you didn’t want or ask for. Maybe you feel stuck in that reality right now. If that’s you, find comfort and encouragement from the psalmist’s words and don’t forget that delay is not the same as denial. You can’t allow the reality of where you are cause you to give up on your dreams.
Langston Hughes said it best when he wrote, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field, frozen with snow.”
Don’t let your circumstances cancel out your capacity to dream. Hold on to your God-given dreams, and trust that the Lord will be faithful to fulfill His promises in your life, even if that fulfillment takes longer than you expected.