Over the years I've learned that I can wish all I want, but that doesn't cause anything to happen. I can pluck hundreds of dandelions, or spend hours scanning the sky for shooting stars, even. But things will remain the same. So why continue to wish? As I talk about these things with certain little wise souls, they were clear on the difference between hopes and wishes. "You can wish for something you don't need- even if you think you do, but you hope for a promise. You know it's yours."
I know how easy it is to find discontentment. I know the world's constant barrage of messages for bigger, better, more. I get that aspect of wishing for things that might not be needed, stuff... But what about the wishes for a better world, less hunger and tears? I've learned that wishes can be selfish, but are not always. God does place certain desires and longings on our hearts. I guess it is all in the deciphering of which are which. I've learned that I want my wishes to align with God's will, and I can seek that in His word.
So one of my wise souls asked me, "Wouldn't it be God's desire that there were no starving children?" How does one answer that? Of course our God doesn't want His children to suffer. Unfortunately we live in a fallen world. It's easy to question His plan, to think that if I were God, I'd do it differently. But I guess that is playing into the hand of the enemy. When I wish for no suffering, will it end? When I pray for a suffering child, is that different?
As I wander back to my days of dandelion wishes I can now more clearly see God's hand. He was calling me. He was calling me to pray...to put my hope in Him. Yes, He grieves for His suffering children in this fallen world; but He did something about it. He sacrificed His only son so that these suffering children can one day spend eternity in His forever presence. This is huge; and in the vastness of this temporary life it can get lost, unless we purposefully juxtapose it to the true vastness of our eternal life. As Paul so rightly puts it:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2Corinthians 4:16-18
Dreaming is good. Wishing is wonderful. Look for the stars. Blow dandelion fluff. God is calling. Listen to Him-- and then place your hopes in Him.
Everything else can go away. He is all I need.
"The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:24