Dream Deferred

Langston Hughes has a very pessimistic outlook when it comes to deferred dreams. He ponders, in his poem entitled, “Harlem,” whether dreams “dry up,” “crust over,” or, possibly, “explode” when they are deferred.

While I am not as pessimistic, I, too, am wondering what happen since a dream of mine has not gone according to “plan.”

A few months ago, in my post, “A Step of Faith,” I revealed a new ministry plan I was pursuing. The Lord had provided me with some funds, which I decided to use to buy gear that would help me begin a ministry to young people who play video games. As time passed, I realized that a few major pieces were missing that would make this ministry a reality. Namely: a location, a partner who actually plays video games, and a clear “target audience.”

Because none of these pieces were falling into place, I began the process of returning the TV’s, gaming consoles, and games. I intend to put the money back into the savings account until I have a clearer idea of what to do with it. While I am disappointed that this endeavor did not go according to plan, I am confident that the money can be used in another way for the glory of the Lord and the building of his Church.

This dream may be deferred, or ended all together, but I continue dreaming, praying, and seeking.


1 Comment

  1. Two verses from Proverbs come to mind. First, “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12). Second “The plan of a man is in his heart but the Lord directs His steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Don’t grow discouraged, even though the initial blow may be discouraging! The Lord has a plan and He will direct you as you trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).


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