Read Psalm 126
Focus on verse 1-2
When I was in elementary school one of the more common comments that appeared in my report cards was “tends to day-dream in class”. This could be interpreted any number of ways. I did have some tendencies, which would probably be diagnosed as attention deficit disorder had I been a third grader in a public school now. It was not until I was in high school that an ENT specialist who did an ear test on me informed me that I was nearly deaf in my left ear. This makes me think that my daydreaming may have been at least partially due to my hearing disability. It made it much easier for me to tune out what was going on around me and dream about what I would rather be doing than sitting in a classroom.
I still like to daydream about a wide variety of things; like what it would be like to win a lottery and become obscenely wealthy and successful, or what it would be like to be a homeless person with zero responsibility. Most often I dream about things that I pretty much know will never be. Exactly why I like to dream about this sort of thing is not something I’m certain I understand. It’s not that I’m unhappy with my current circumstance. I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful family that loves me; I have a roof over my head, more clothes than I know what to do with and more than enough food to eat (which the bathroom scale is quick to remind me of). What more could I ask for? Its not that my life does not have its challenges, its just that when I really think about it, I’m not certain there is a whole lot I would want to change even if I could.
I suppose I feel a little like the psalmist describes in today’s reading. “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy” (v. 1-2). Perhaps a healthy perspective on life no matter what state one finds him or her self in, is to remember that it is never so bad that it couldn’t be worse, (this helps us not to lose hope) and never so good that it couldn’t be better (this helps us to remain humble and keeps us motivated). That way no matter what kind of dream we find ourselves in, we can honestly say, “God is good” and cling to the reality that in the final analysis, He will make it not only better, but perfect.