Do you dream dreams? Most people do I guess.
Some dream in color, some not, some remember their dreams in vivid detail, others just have a passing notion of a dream once the are awake. I for one dream a lot, and very rarely do I have reruns!
Here is a thing I’d like you to ponder in light of our word for the day and scripture lesson from Matthew, do you ever have dreams while you are awake? I am not talking about daydreaming, drifting off in aimless thought, a task I was once quite proficient at, nor am I talking about hallucinations, visions of things that aren’t real.
Waking dreams are ideas, hopes, visions, and plans for a future that is not yet.
In our reading today the Pharisees wanted a sign, and Jesus tells them there are signs all around them, and they aren’t reading them. This need for a clear sign is in part because they don’t dream the dream, the do not see the vision of what God is up to. They can not see beyond the day’s sunset or the mornings sunrise, in other words, the Pharisees can’t see beyond their basic needs. The disciples are not any better, at least the Pharisee’s were thinking deep thoughts, the disciple’s stomachs were doing the thinking for them. God in Christ is doing a new thing, born of God’s love and dream that all might come to know God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in Christ.
This passage isn’t about signs, nor food. It is about the thing the signs point to and the provider of our daily bread at work in the world. God in Christ is doing a new thing, born of God’s love and dream that all might come to know God’s love, mercy and forgiveness in Christ.
Dreaming is important, it opens us up to what God is doing. You see God is a creative God still at work in this world creating in part with you and me as participants in the creative act. Dreaming the dream of what God might do in and through us is the life of a Christian. If we do it right it is something we do intentionally as the church. So if I see you drifting off during a sermon, just tell me you were dreaming, and we’ll be cool.