First Aid For Our Dying Dreams

Renee Ann Smith —  July 6, 2015 — 23 Comments

HEroes 2I’ve been keeping my sister company during her recovery in a big-city hospital. Her room is on the seventh floor, and right outside the window is the helicopter pad.

So while she sleeps, I watch the life flight crews fly in.

I can only imagine the tragedies these folks see and the highs and lows of emotion they must experience—the rush they feel when all goes well or the heartache when even their best efforts are not enough to save someone.

Life Flight First RespondersSometimes they touch down and—with copter blades still churning the air—run into the building to deliver or receive a vital organ that will pass from one who lost his life to one who will now have a second chance at life.

These heroes remind me that in spite of man’s best efforts, life on earth eventually means broken lives and broken dreams—either for us or for someone we love.

But God did not create us in His image, shape our personalities, bestow our gifts and talents, and instill our dreams and desires, only to see our lives end before reaching our potential or seeing our dreams fulfilled.

When we give our hearts and lives to Him, He performs first aid on those lost dreams, restores them, and brings them to fruition in His perfect timing—which may be in the lifetime we live beyond these earthly years. 

Reach Your Dreams Erwin LutzerI love how Erwin Lutzer says it in The Vanishing Power of Death:

“Every shattered dream we give to Jesus is integrated into a higher and even more blessed purpose.

In short, if we have faith to believe it, there are no wasted sorrows, no wasted aspirations or dreams.

Even in this life, we see God is continually reshaping whatever we give Him.

Indeed, the Christian life is a series of new beginnings. God Himself rushes in to fill the vacuum left in the wake of our own disappointments.

Dreams left unfulfilled in this life will most assuredly be fulfilled in the life to come.”

In Christ we can be assured that Heaven will be the answer to all our dreams and that when our souls take flight from this earth, our real life will have just begun!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Blessings, friends!

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

23 responses to First Aid For Our Dying Dreams

  1. I love how your introduction to books tell a story. Your writing has so much depth, and I am so proud you choose to link up with us at Literacy Musing Mondays. 🙂

  2. Thanks for this one! I loved the photos. In January my husband was taken from a small hospital to a larger one per helicopter. He had lung clots. The story was a miracle. I am so grateful for those who do this work. I enjoyed the the thoughts and pictures today.
    If you would like you can read about the miracle here:

  3. Hello from Literary Musing Mondays. Your thoughts are so refreshing for those of us are mourning the loss of one dream or another. Those of us who accept Jesus as our savior must remember this earth is not our home. We have yet to go there, as you note. The best is yet to come.

  4. This is just amazing, Renee. A beautiful reminder. We were not put on earth to suffer and die. To work and pay bills and leave the earth. We are here for a higher purpose. Thank you for reminding me this.

  5. Ah yes – how much having that eternal, heavenly perspective can help and shift and carry us upward and onward! Great post! Glad we are neighbors over at Holly’s place today!

  6. Thanks for the encouraging words. I sometimes marvel at these men and women who risk life and limb to help save others. Great post. I just signed up to follow you on instagram.

  7. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story. I do trust and pray that your sister is doing better and recovering well. I liked your thoughts about dreams and how God can still bless and “reshape our vision.” When our dreams are shattered, it is good to find a new door and walk through it. Just be ready to be used in what ever method God chooses. Our influence is often greater than our words. Sunday evening, my Pastor told me, that just because I am retired, I am not on the shelf, and that God still has great plans for me. I was encouraged by his remarks. Since I left my old church several months ago and joined in with this band of believers, I can already see what God is doing. My husband asked me if I was happy. (meaning my church.) I smiled real big and said, YES, I am happy.

  8. I believe God’s designed story for each of our lives – and all the detail He thought of, through faith will find a way – we just don’t always see His full vision of that plan. Makes me think of Hebrews 11. Thank you for the sweet encouragement to not give up on the dream!

  9. What a good word, Renee!

    I love this line from your post, “Even in this life, we see God is continually reshaping whatever we give Him.”

    That was my prayer this morning, “Take this thing, Lord, and do what You want to do with it.”

    Thanks for sharing post that so affirms what God is already showing me in my life today!

    Came over on R and R today!

  10. Thank you for pointing us to the hope of heaven. Thank you also for linking up with Three Word Wednesday.

  11. What a beautiful post. Thank you for these reminders, to put our hope and trust in the One who truly makes dreams come true.

  12. So insightful. The Title captured me…what we all need at some time or other…Hope.In.Christ, Blessing (visiting this week from #TellMeATrueSTory, feel free to visit right back), Shandra

  13. It’s hard sometimes because we don’t know the future and can’t see how “it will all work out” but God knows and He’ll take care of us, and our dreams 🙂

  14. So encouraging! I used to live near a hospital that had a helicopter landing regularly, and I often wondered about some of the stories of the folks who passed through those doors. The brokenness of life on earth can be overwhelming at times, but remembering Who holds our dreams does help.

  15. What a beautiful heavenly perspective! Thanks for the encouragement!

  16. I’m praying for both you and your sister! May her recovery and healing be complete. What wonderful inspiration you gleaned from the wait!

  17. “God is continually reshaping whatever we give to Him.” I needed those words today.

  18. Great post! I really enjoyed to be reminded that nothing is wasted in God’s hands. Grace-filled blessings to you and yours!

  19. Renee, this was one of the most uplifting, beautiful posts I’ve seen in a very long time. A post that I know God did not have me randomly stumble upon. Heartfelt thanks.

  20. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things 🙂 Please join us again this week!

  21. Renee, a beautiful post again. I’m so sorry to hear that your sister is sick. We have a good friend who just received a heart transplant so this was a poignant read for me. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

  22. Renee Ann, thank you so much for a beautiful post. What a precious sister you are to be with your sister as she recovers. I have prayed for you both. May we continue to keep our eyes on Him though all the trials He brings our way in order to transform us into His image! Thank you for sharing, and I’m so glad I popped over from Stephanie’s blog today. Hugs!

  23. Hi Renee!
    I remembered reading this in July and thinking about the dreams that I had for my youngest daughter! She walked away from us 24 years ago after a wonderful, loving childhood! I have had to watch her life from a distance and place her in the Lord’s hands everyday. I wish I could tell her to read your messages. I think it might give her hope! I know that’s what they do for me…I had to ask the Lord for a new dream for her…God is good! jean bisnett Rensselaer NY

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