By Sabrina Schlesinger
If you have ever stood in a place as you watched your dreams die in front of you, then you know the despair and deep sadness that washes over you. It can cripple you in more ways than one. It would be naïve to think that every dream that I have ever had should come to pass, as some were born out of selfish desires and immaturity. But there are some dreams that I can’t shake, the dreams that keep me up and night. I call it the dreams that “make my baby jump.” It's these kinds of dreams, when I have seen them die in front of me that have taken my breath away.
For you it may be the hope of seeing your marriage last 50+ years crash around you. It could be plans for your children as you watch them make choices that dash those chances of ever coming to pass.
Whatever your dreams, big or small, I want you to know that if it is a God-dream, it’s not over until He says it is over.
One of my favorite stories in the Bible can be found in Luke 7. We find Jesus and His disciples traveling to a village called Nain, and He had a large crowd following Him. You can imagine this crowd filled with joy and celebration as they just witnessed Jesus performing miracles. They must have been so excited and expectant, hoping to glimpse the next great thing He would do. The atmosphere in this crowd must have been electric!
As the crowd with Jesus approached the gate of the city, another crowd had formed, this one in stark contrast to theirs. It was being led by the dead body of a young man being carried out, and he was the only son of his mother. Not only was she walking in a processional carrying her dead son, she was also a widow. I have never lost a child, or a husband, nor do I want to have to go through either until I am quite old and lived a long and full life. So I wouldn’t dare pretend to understand what this woman must have felt like. But if I could take an imagination break and put myself in her shoes, let me share a few observations.
She was alone, physically and emotionally. Her husband had already died so she was the sole provider for her family. And now she is watching her only son being carried away in a casket to be buried. Her son would equal her hopes and dreams for the future. He would represent her passions, her dreams, and something beautiful she had given birth too. And now, with a certainty that she was too old to conceive again, was watching this dream of hers be carried and buried as well.
“When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” (Luke 7:13 NKJV)
He saw her. In her brokenness, in her despair, in her hopeless state…He SAW her. I don’t know about you, but that alone moves me. I love that these are the first words that are written before anything else when Jesus encountered this mother. It meant that Jesus turned His attention to her, He perceived with more than His eyes, but His senses, that she was hurting. The meaning behind this word is so deep. It means to experience ones state or condition, to be known, understood and cherished. Now tell me that every woman on the planet doesn’t want THAT!!!
But He doesn’t stop there. He saw her. He is moved with compassion on her and says to her, “Do not weep.” Don’t you know, my sister, how much He loves you? He sees you, He knows you, He is moved deeply by what grieves you, and He is speaking to you.
Psalms 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.” (NLT)
He can’t help Himself! When you are alone in bed crying tears of sorrow for whatever reason, He is nearby and desires to rescue you.
But He doesn’t just want to comfort you, He wants to do a miracle! What Jesus does next is only one of three times we see this in the Bible. He walked over to the casket that was carrying her hopes and dreams, and He spoke to the body, “Young man, I say to you arise!” And he did!!!! And not only that, the young man immediately sat up and started talking! (I am excited to watch the rerun of this in Heaven and hear what he had to say!) Verse 15 ends with this statement; “And Jesus gave him back to his mother.”
I don’t know what funeral processional you may be walking in today that represents your hopes, dreams and future, but I know that if it was a God-dream, and you encounter Jesus, He can bring that dead dream back to life and return it to you.
Only Jesus can turn an impossible situation around. Only He can bring something seemingly hopeless and dead back to life.
Are you mourning over the loss of something that once brought you hope, joy and a future? I may not know the details of your loss, but I do know the power of my King. He may not restore it when we want or how we want, as I imagine this widow would have never wanted to even place her son in a casket, but if this thing you are facing is truly a gift from God, HOPE AGAIN and trust Him to restore it.
Sabrina is a mother to three biological girls and one adopted boy. She is also a pastor’s wife, freelance graphic designer and mom coach! She resides in beautiful San Diego where the sun shines every day. She prefers chai lattes over coffee, mac-n-cheese over vegetables, and staying in over going out. Check her out on Instagram and Facebook!