An eight year old girl was walking home from school. She noticed the trail of exhaust from an airplane crossing the sky. She thought, “Maybe one day I’ll get to fly in an airplane.” That little girl’s thought remained only a dream for ten years until she finally got to fly. Waiting is hard, but, sometimes, the anticipation makes for a better realization. Other times, God has something even better in store for us than we dream about and anticipate.
Deuteronomy 34:1-7 (ESV) Then Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the Lord showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, all Naphtali, the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, all the land of Judah as far as the western sea, the Negeb, and the Plain, that is, the Valley of Jericho the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar. And the Lord said to him, “This is the land of which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, ‘I will give it to your offspring.” I have let you see it with your eyes, but you shall not go over there.” So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord, and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-poer; but no one knows the place of his burial to this day. Moses was 120 years old when he died. His eye was undimmed, and his vigor unabated.
Moses was denied access to the physical land flowing with milk and honey on earth. But God brought Moses safely to the better Promised Land in heaven.
An elderly lady in our congregation believes her time on earth is short and is eagerly looking forward to seeing Jesus face to face. Lamentations 3:21-24 (ESV) “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”
Hopes and dreams are all well and good. We can delight when God grants them and enjoy them as His gifts. Yet, if God does not grant them, keep up your hope. He is your loving Father. He has already given what was dearest to Him – Jesus, His Son. He will hold no good thing from you. Not now. Not ever.