06 Aug Dreaming our Dreams
When, I wonder, did you last dream a dream? What was it? Or when did a dream come unbidden, already fully-fledged and ready to burst into life?
Eighteen months ago, I was contemplating a sabbatical. I’m a church minister, working at that six days a week and living it seven. I love what I do, and find it a huge privilege, walking alongside people as they live out, and sometimes share with me, their stories. Yet time out is precious too, and I was contemplating what to do with the space away from responsibilities.
Several friends, not knowing this, asked me unbidden if I had ever thought about writing a book. I just laughed. Yes, I love to play with words, but a book? Surely that was impossible?
A couple of weeks later I was on holiday, sat silently with my husband on a Jersey clifftop. As I sat there, suddenly I knew the book I wanted to write but said nothing. Wasn’t this an unreachable dream? Yet more astonishingly, at supper my husband, a self-confessed non-reader shocked me to the core by saying “You know on that cliff earlier? God said to me clearly that you should write a book on your sabbatical”.
Suddenly the dream, instead of dissipating like mist, was becoming tangible and real. As the sabbatical began, there were stories in my mind and heart and soon on the page – imaginative but faithful retelling from the perspective of unnamed bible characters and brave stories from unnamed people today: gritty, tough stories but shot through with hope. Now, that book (Finding Our Voice) is finding its way into the hands of all kinds of people, those who know God but are finding fresh ways to look at His Word and their lives, and those who have never read the bible but find stories fascinating. God in His grace has given it birth and it will grow into whatever He intends.
So dream that dream. If it is God’s, it will become a reality.
I was born and raised in a remote part of Cornwall and started work as a secondary school teacher before going into full-time Christian work. I love my family (including my husband, children and two hilarious grandchildren), my friends, the church I serve in, the sea and all nature, reading, gardening, theme park rides, I constantly marvel at God’s grace and equally constantly need it. My first book, Finding Our Voice, was published in July 2019 and I’m currently working on the second.