Like a dream fulfilled after years and years of waiting, praying, saving, and planning, we (The Romero Family) moved into our home! The day after we moved we received our very first mission team come to stay with us for the week at our home–blessings upon blessings.
Below are some reflections about the week and the home from Doug Roede, a team participant:
IF YOU BUILD IT, GOD WILL COME
“If you build it, they will come.” Many of us know that line from the movie Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner’s character heard this cryptic message and understood that he was supposed to build a baseball field in the middle of the corn fields. That, by itself, may not be altogether strange. But when you are destroying your own means of income in order to build a playing surface for dead baseball players – that’s crazy. Nevertheless, he moved forward and saw the fulfillment of his dream. The movie ends with a scene zooming out to show a seemingly endless line of headlights – cars full of people coming to see this dream come true.
I hope that you are at a point in your life where you can still have crazy dreams. I’m not speaking of the dreams in your sleep; I’m talking about the vision and faith to do something that others would call crazy. Dreams that you have while you are awake and that keep you awake when you should be sleeping. And, if you do, I hope you build it. The truth is, even those who might call your dream “crazy” want to see your dream come true. The doubters might diminish your dream out of a reflective grieving for their own dying dreams: “If you can do that, then I should be able to do __________, and I haven’t.”
We are all made to be dreamers by design. We are made in the image of God, God who spoke and created stars – more stars than we can find, count, or imagine. We are made in the image of God who has given us so much to explore that we still have not found all of it, much less understood our moon, our solar system, nor our galaxy. And don’t you dare forget that there is a universe of galaxies beyond this galaxy. We are made in the image of God who placed deep inside of us a substance that holds all of our cells together that just happens to be shaped like a cross. We are made to dream because we are made in the image of the God who dreamed us up.
When we set out to build a dream bigger than us, we might not see how we will accomplish the task. When we start to build anyway, God will come. He has to come if the dream is within his will.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:3) Building an impossible dream is an opportunity to test God’s will. When God steps in to build with us, we know that God approves and we are within God’s will.
I believe God is excited when his purposes come to life. The Scripture writers often chose the word “delights,” which I enjoy as well. Perhaps God hears a prayer or sees a step of faith and exclaims, “I’ve been waiting for that one!”
Sometimes God sends people out with no clear direction, giving a dream and asking for our faith steps in return. The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 Abram did. It worked. That’s crazy. I’m sitting in one of those dreams. Two young, married folks – David and Emily Romero – with no work and in the midst of their education, decided to start saving for a home – in another country. That’s crazy. David’s father offered to purchase the property where the home would be. He purchased it one year before the couple could even see it. That’s crazy. And they decided that they should make the home not only be for them, but for teams of folks that would come and serve their ministry and others. They had not even begun their ministry yet. That’s crazy. But if you build it, God will come.
God is a Grand Weaver, as the author Ravi Zacharias points out. God has thought of the details long before you worried about them. This home is just one example. David Romero, a native of Honduras, had married Emily Steenwyk, a native of Michigan. They were living in California so that Emily could attend seminary. No work – just a dream and faith. David said they should start saving for a home in Honduras. Emily laughed, just as Sarai laughed at Abram. But then they prayed. Then they moved forward in faith. When I came to Honduras in April, I came with the first team of folks that served their four-year old ministry. And the home was being built. And now here in June, I am a part of the first team that is staying in the home they dreamed to offer back to God. They moved in the day before we arrived. Cutting it close? God might say that it was “right on time.”
So often our dreams die in the planning stage – if they make it that far. Before that they might die in the sharing stage. It does not take many people to tell you something is “crazy” before you quit. Sometimes it only takes one person to discourage you. And that’s if you allowed your dream to even come out of your mouth. We often abort our own dreams in fear of our inadequacy, never letting them see the light of day. But it is God who is able, not us. Dreams are like us. They are conceived and immediately have a purpose. And if you can safely guide that dream forward into birth, you will already have a miracle on your hands. Trust me, there is no dream that you can have, within the purpose of God’s will, that is more “crazy” than God’s. God chose to take single cells, have them meet, and form them into humans. God chose to take his own child and offer him up in death so that we can be reconciled back to God. And it works. That’scrazy. What is your dream?