Life Is Like A Dream

By Alice Cheng

Dreams are like stars
You can’t catch them
Yet they sparkle hope.
Dreams are like fog
You can’t see them clearly.
But that’s the beauty of haze.

God has created a world of novelty and happiness for us to make dreams, explore dreams, and fulfill dreams. He lets us experience uncertainties that demand our awakening, courage, and faith. Life is like a dream, making room for you to grow between the passion of dreaming and the sorrow of waking. 

We all want our dreams to come true…

Dreams are the inner yearning and the visions of the future. Everyone’s life is like a ship, taking voyages across the oceans. Never let yesterday’s guilt or tomorrow’s fear stop you from casting off. Imagine how you extend the wings of your dreams, hoping to live an unusual life and experiencing the throbbing and happiness of life. 

The founder of Disney World, Walt Disney, used to say, “Welcome all of you to be here and make dreams… everything starts with a mouse here.” Disney World started with a dream which has made many other dreams come true. 

As people dare to dream and see their dreams come true, their faith and minds get strengthened. The process itself broadens their horizons, creates breakthroughs in their thinking, enriches their lives, and even nourishes their souls. However, only good dreams will make oneself, family and society better. Immoral dreams are only ambitions that demand quick success.

Dreams are to benefit others and oneself. As we ride on dreams along the pathway of life, let’s treasure every moment we have. Even the Bible talks about how God helps His people to make their dreams come true: “When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed…The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalms 126:1,3)

When we wake up from our dreams, who do we turn to?

I have watched a romantic movie lately about a couple who has a sweet talk at the beach. The man is a fisherman who loves the ocean and has a longing for the ocean while his wife only pays attention to the wreck of a broken ship on the shore and is full of fear about the shipwreck and the ocean. The man loves his wife so much that he promises to provide a wealthy way of living for her but the wife only asks for companionship from him instead of taking the risk of venturing out to the ocean. However, since the birth of his son, the man has sailed farther and farther. Over the years, due to some misunderstandings, the couple can no longer get together. As the wife is dying, she tells her grandson to find the whereabouts of her grandfather. To her surprise, the wife learns of her husband’s love and fear from an unopened letter that she had abandoned in anger in the past: “After my boat has gone through storms and drifting, I feel the need to return to the safe harbor, but it’s already too late by then.”

Honestly life is like a dream that leaves no marks behind upon waking. Being left alone from our dreams, who do we turn to? One thing that has never changed in life is constant changes in life! Man is not in absolute control at all. Life is short and one day you will have to say goodbye.

Life is like a dream. Christians know that the present life is not heaven; they look forward to eternity where God has promised to be with them for good.

The Bible says, “Then I saw ‘a new heaven and a new earth,’ for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea…And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death” or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” (Revelations 21:1,3,4)

(Author’s credentials: Bachelor at Overseas Theological Seminary, Master of Pastoral Counseling at Chinese Mission Seminary, Former minister at Hong Kong Christ Evangelical Church and Hiulai Church)

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