It was a cool winter day when a newborn baby was left at the door of an orphanage. No one knew where she came from or the day she had been born. As the child grew, she dreamed about her future family. She imagined her adoptive father and mother and the home they would live in.
One day I will step out of this orphanage into my new world, and new home. The front yard will smell of fresh-cut grass and the backyard will have a brand-new red swing-set. A bouncing white puppy named Snowflake will smother me with warm, puppy-kisses. I’ll have my very own room with beautiful pink carpet and flower-covered curtains. Everything will be perfect and we will all live happily ever after.
Although there was no rational basis for her dreams, the little girl had them nonetheless. Eventually, a family did adopt her. Yet despite her love for them and the many wonderful qualities and efforts of her parents, the child’s life never did measure up to her dreams. Realistically, no one could ever measure up. After all, we live in a fallen world where dreams are the stuff of fairy-tales and make-believe.
God Sets Eternity in Our Hearts
But if we’re truly honest with ourselves, all of us dream for a perfect world. A world at peace, where we are forever secure, treasured, and loved. A world without pain, loss, or sorrow. But this begs the question. If the world we all know could never deliver on such imaginary hope, why do we cling to such dreams? Why do all of us long for a perfect family and home? Where does this dream for a perfect world come from?
I believe it is because, before each of us was born, God put a dream for a perfect world into each of our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). A dream where we are unconditionally loved, secure, and cherished. A life where there are only happy endings. That universal dream is the basis of all childhood fairy-tales promising, “and they lived happily ever after.” But this begs another question. If God knew this dream could never be realized in this world, why torture human souls with such longings?
Seeking the Dream-Giver
I believe He did it in order that we would look beyond this world for the answer. That in seeking to fulfill our dream for a perfect world, we would find the Dream-giver. The One who left His perfect heavenly home to redeem and rescue us from ours.
“For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”– Jesus (John 6:38-40)
And when you and I turn to Him and embrace His gift, we will discover that as God’s adopted children, the dream does come true after all. For “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) and “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3)
Shadia is a passionate Bible teacher, author and speaker who has a heart for seeing lives transformed by the power of God’s Word. She holds a master’s in biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary and is author of several books and Bible studies.