This post is written to link with Five Minute Friday: write for five minutes on a one-word prompt. The prompt today is “settle.”
Lately I’ve been having the driving dream again.
It’s a recurring dream that I’ve been having for years now. For a few weeks I’ll have it most nights; then it will suddenly stop and I won’t have it at all for months, but eventually it always comes back.
The exact content of the dream varies, but it always begins with me driving. Then something unexpected happens- the road disappears, or the car spins out of control, or I can’t see where I’m going. Lately it has mostly been that I’m driving at night and the lights suddenly fail.
Even though I’ve had this dream many, many times, it always feels so real, as if it’s actually happening, until I start to panic and wake up to discover that it’s only a dream.
Apparently one meaning for the dream could be that I am struggling to see clearly the way ahead in life. There’s probably some truth in that but, as I consider it, I’m torn.
Right now I’m in a good place. Life is settled with family, friends, home, church, music…
It’s good, and I could happily stay right where I am, but I don’t want to settle. I don’t want to become complacent and settle for less than God’s best. I don’t want to cling to the comfortable life I’ve built around me if God is calling me to something new. I want to be willing to step out where God is calling.
I think of Terah, Abraham’s father, who set out for the Promised Land, but who never made it:
“He was headed for the land of Canaan, but they stopped at Haran and settled there. Terah lived for 205 years, and died while still in Haran.” (Genesis 11:31-32 NLT)
That’s a lot of settling and I don’t want to do the same. I don’t want to stop short of God’s calling and, if that means a bit of uncertainty about the path ahead, I want to be willing to embrace it.
(I was going to include a Christian song like “Oceans” here, but I think this one from The Greatest Showman makes the point just as well!)