It is time to call them forth, to remember how it felt to risk all for the inner vision
And the vision has wings of wisdom now
No more excuses for why dreams can’t be tried
It is time, now or never
Dreams, if not lived soon will die
Dreams, if not tried on now, will fall apart like beautiful clothes left too long in a rotting attic
Blessed be the One who keeps on believing in us
And blessed be the One who goes on dreaming in us, even when we forget. Joyce Rupp
This poem was written by one of my favourite writers. Joyce was inspired to write it after seeing The Secret Garden, a film about adventure filled children discovering a hidden, walled garden, thick with trees and overgrown with wild vegetation. The children find a lost boy and bring him back to a healthy life. They restore the garden to its former glory, weeding neglected garden beds and planting new flower seeds, until in the Spring the garden comes alive with beauty.
Joyce writes about the way this film made her look at her own childhood dreams; dreams that had been buried, neglected and needed attention. It gave her hope and courage to continue her life story of transformation, to believe there were still beautiful parts of herself that could germinate, blossom and come to fruition.
I find this story really encouraging. No matter how old we are, what stage of life we are at, there is always more hidden beneath the surface, often overgrown with weeds of lethargy or distraction or loss of hope. God always has more for us, always wants to bless us, bless others through us, and bring us to the abundance of life that He planned for us.
What an exciting adventure! It inspires me to wake to each new day with a sense of anticipation and wonder. On the days when I feel overgrown with weeds I like to think of the image of wide-eyed, exuberant children, uncovering secret beauty, planting new seeds with hope and faith. Such an image helps me believe in the dreams God planted in me long ago, and assures me that there is still time for blessing and beauty in my life.How wonderful to have written a story that inspires such hope and motivation for life! A wonderful goal for any writer!
Carol writes historical novels based on her family ancestry in Australia from the First Fleet. They include the Turning the Tide series; Mary’s Guardian, Charlotte’s Angel, Tangled Secrets and Truly Free. Her earlier novels, Suzannah’s Gold and its sequel, Rebecca's Dream, have been re-released by EBP. You can see more about Carol and her novels on her website