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The Impossible Dream


Preachers exhort it. Song writers extol it. The Bible defines it and counselors advise it. Yet, the average person seeks it, without success, time and time and time again. The more this dream is pursued, the less it is realized. Is your soul satisfied? Is your life at peace with God and man? Are you anxious for what tomorrow may bring? Do you have an unfulfilled yearning deep inside your very soul? Whether you are eight or eighty, where do you look to find and fulfill the goal of inner peace, satisfaction, contentment and fulfillment? How can you find and realize the impossible dream?

by Jerry Gentry

"The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways" (Deu 28:9).

Johnny is just a little boy, barely five years old. Life is good, from his perspective. Little does he realize that he was born into poverty, as he warms his little hands over a wood burning stove in the living room. The autumn leaves have all fallen now; the first snow lies as a thin blanket over the ground. Christmas is just around the corner. That special day usually brings little Johnny a new pair of jeans, and some kind of toy. This year he will receive his first bicycle, a tiny 13 inch two wheeler.

Eventually, December 25 comes, and there sits the shiny new red bicycle. It's a cold dry day outside, not a white Christmas this year. With heart pounding in his little chest, Johnny can hardly wait to climb on and give that new bicycle its first spin. Bundled up with coat and toboggan, he mounts his new two wheeler. After some practice, he gets the hang of pedaling and stays upright.

"Now for speed," he thinks! He pedals with all his might down the dirt drive way of the old farm house, and around the corner. Suddenly an obstacle appears out of nowhere. It is the aging family car. It has been parked there all along, but in his excitement, little Johnny has not noticed it earlier.

"Where are the brakes?" he panics, his heart pounding with excitement. Oh no, too late! He crashes into the car, bends his front wheel, and puts his brand new bicycle temporarily out of commission. What utter disappointment! His dream of riding that bicycle is now made impossible. Johnny cries, but soon forgets his shattered dream and takes up other pursuits.

Some time later, Johnny's parents buy him a single large balloon, at the 5 and 10 cent store. Johnny can hardly wait to get home. His older brother huffs and puffs, blows up the balloon, ties it off and little Johnny takes hold. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, a blast of wind grabs Johnny's big red balloon and carries it bouncing across the front yard, over the fence, across the road, over another fence and into a vacant field. Johnny and his big brother run fast behind, in an effort to recover the bouncing balloon. Just as it seems that his brother will retrieve the big red balloon, it rolls and bounces across a pointed stick and . . . bamm! It bursts. Johnny's dream of playing with that big wonderful balloon has gone up in a puff of wind! Johnny sits down and cries, but soon forgets about his dream of owning and playing with that big red balloon.

The years go by and Johnny grows older and bigger. He receives a much larger bicycle in sixth grade, and rides it with great pride, until another even larger bicycle soon catches his eye. Later in tenth grade, he get his first automobile, not a sports car, but a older car for basic transportation. Soon he meets Sharon, who becomes his steady girl friend and later becomes his bride. With her help, he works his way through many years of college and graduates. He then continues with post graduate work and eventually enters a promising career in medicine as a cardiologist.

A few years later Dr. John, as he is now called, has many clients, a six figure income and a big house in the suburbs with a three car garage. He now owns a weekend getaway cabin with a boat on the lake, and a new Suburban which his wife Sharon drives. A fifty thousand dollar European sports car sits next to the Suburban in the garage. He has three daughters, all teenagers now, a stock portfolio, and a lovable St. Bernard. He has dreamed of such a good life. Now he has got just about everything the good life ever promised.

Yet something is still missing in Dr. John's inner life. There is still something that first bicycle failed to bring him, something that big red balloon could not accomplish, something his first car and schooling and wife and career with lots of money have all failed to bring him. Dr. John has pursued a dream of more and bigger and better all his life. Yet he still feels an empty pit deep down in his being, when he stops long enough to consider. Dr. John is restless and unfulfilled. He lacks satisfaction and contentment, deep within his soul. He uses things to mask his inner yearning. Like the man in the song, Dr. John has dreamed the impossible dream, reached for the unreachable star, and fought the unbeatable foe.

Like the man in the lyrics, he has sought to conquer his world through pursuit of his own dreams. O such a man, Jesus said: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matt. 16:26). There are at least two ways men lose their souls. 1) By failing to trust Jesus Christ as personal savior, man loses his soul to hell for all eternity, and, 2) By trusting Christ in this life, for personal salvation; but failing to find and live in the center of God's will here and now.

 

In the first case, the man's soul is lost in hell for all eternity. In the second case, a soul is saved eternally, but lost in the hell of worldly pursuits all his earthly life.

 

Dr. John, and millions of other people like him, young and old, rich and poor, male and female, seek to find a satisfied soul. Most people pursue and find material things, some more, some less. Many of us today have found much more money than our fathers or grandfathers ever found. Many of us have found mates and houses and jobs and successful businesses and careers and investments&emdash;all the things that are supposed to fulfill our dreams and bring us the good life.

Yet, as a people, we are unhappy, unsatisfied, anxious and unsettled deep down. We overcome our insecurities with false living and pursuit of materialism. Is it because we are looking to fulfill our dreams in the wrong places? Fulfillment, inner peace and satisfaction, are not found where most people are looking. The impossible dream is possible, if we have the key. When Jesus's disciples faced what seemed impossible, He told them: "With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible" (Mat. 19:26). Yes, the impossible dream is possible for genuine Christians, all right. But only when we are living in the center of God's will for our lives.

In short, Dr. John and millions of others like him have never found God, who alone can make the impossible dream possible. Only the Creator of heaven and earth, the one who created and formed man, can fulfill the inner soul of His creation. Yes, the creator has fulfilled the birds and the beasts and the cattle on a thousand hills. He has fulfilled the fishes of the oceans, the winged fowl of forest and plain, the deer, the elk, the moose, the mountain goat and every lower animal. All these live and thrive in contented fulfillment through their created instincts. Only man is restless in his soul. Only man carries inside his being the anxiety of something missing. Only man has yet to find his God who alone fulfills man's dreams and gives man a satisfied soul. Only God makes the impossible dream possible.

How then can man find the God who fulfills the impossible dream? There is only one door, only one way, only a single means whereby men find God. That only way is through the door called Jesus Christ, none other. He alone makes the impossible dream possible.

The Bible is clear on the only means of approaching unto God: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). Buddha cannot provide the way. Mohammed cannot lead you there. Neither can Hollywood or Detroit. Neither can Madison Avenue can provide the way. None other than Jesus Christ alone makes the impossible dream come true. All other attempts are cheap imitations, counterfeits, and frauds. All others can never deliver contentment, peace of mind, and inner happiness.

Jesus promised, "I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

"Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep" (John 10:7).

The psalmist reflected upon man's inner need for the true God:

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him." (Ps. 62:5)

Only God the Word can feed His people:

"And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead" (Jer. 50:19).

Have you already confessed what a sinner you are, and trusted that Jesus Christ has saved you? If not, personal faith in Jesus Christ is your first step in fulfilling your own impossible dream of happiness and contentment.

Are you a genuine Christian, saved by faith, today? Yes? Then Jesus says to you:

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

Jesus set you a personal example of yieldedness to His Father.

"I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me" (John 5:30).

Ask yourself today, "How much of my life is reserved to my own will, and how much of my life have I truly given over for God to work His will? How much of my impossible dream is yet unfulfilled?" Are you a 100% yielded today? 90%? 80%? 40%? Or, God forbid, only 10%? The degree of your personal yieldedness to His will is the measure of how much your own impossible dream has been made possible.

Christian, give your life to God, in truth, and learn this great lesson of the Bible. Learn the meaning of yielding to God's will for your life. Learn how to even hate your own will.

"He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal" (John 12:25).

Are you today pursuing an impossible dream? Are you trying to find fulfillment by any definition other than God's stated will in his Word? Then you need to be reminded that you are pursuing the impossible. Your ship of life is off course. Your rudder needs correcting. How much chastening must you receive before you say, with Jesus, "Not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42).

Dr. John and Sharon are much older now, retired and living in an expensive condominium in Florida. The girls have all grown up, married and moved away. Two live in California, one in New York. Dr. John looks forward to their infrequent visits to see the grandchildren. The telephone allows more frequent verbal contact. Only recently has Sharon started attending a Bible church, where she has learned about Jesus' saving grace. Two months and two days ago she confessed her sins before a small church body and accepted Jesus as her savior, praise God. She can only hope that John will follow her lead, and trust Jesus Christ also. But he is a stubborn, self made man. His interest now is mainly in improving his golf game, and in building his stock portfolio.

Dr. John continues blindly on in the pursuit of what bicycles and baloons and cars boats and houses and lands and wives and even children cannot give him. Will he ever achieve his desired destination of inner peace, happiness and contentment? Time will tell, and Dr. John is running out of time.

There is a saying on bumper stickers: "He who dies with the most toys wins!" Yet, the Bible tells us that he who dies with the most toys still dies, and takes nothing with him. All the material things in the world will neither save nor fulfill man.

And Sharon? She has trusted Jesus Christ, and openly seeks the headship of her unconvertedx husband and the local church. She has found that the impossible dream is really possible. Just as Jesus told his disciples, who found it impossible to cast out a demon, when they approached the demon in their own will and power. Jesus taught them a lesson in yieldedness.

Christian, your own impossible dream is possible. Jesus challenges you today:

"With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible."

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