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Dreams. We all have them. Perhaps it’s to become an actor or artist, an architect or engineer, to start a business or compete for our country, or maybe to simply get married and have a family. As a child our dreams inspire our drawings. As a teenager they keep us awake at night with excitement. As a 20-something they start shaping our decisions about careers. And by the time we reach our 40s we may have seen them spring to life. Or perhaps watched some of them die.
The dreams of at least two families died in Sydney this week, and people around the world have been grieving. While we’ve seen some beautiful things emerge from that crisis, the pain will take time to ease. Thankfully, there is a God who can recycle such tragedies into unexpected things. Broken dreams can be redeemed.
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What you’ll hear was recorded at a chapel service at Houghton College in New York state on a US speaking tour I did for Resurrection Year. Its core message is the notion of the ‘wilderness’ – the dark and barren place of longing and loss – and the surprising lesson that it can be the best place for God to meet us.
In the wilderness God reveals to us what’s most important.
In the wilderness God reveals who we most deeply are.
In the wilderness God prepares us for a new life mission.
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