Monday, May 01, 2006


My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make music.

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.

I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples. Ps. 57:7-9

Last Saturday, I was at the Pinch Penny Fair at our local library and a Celtic harpist was playing the most beautiful music. I was enthralled. I sat and just closed my eyes to listen as she played. I love music - I play piano and guitar - I sing - I write music - and I am on the worship team at our church.For many years, I have had a little dream tucked way down deep - to play the Celtic harp.

But the obstacles seemed like huge boulders blocking a pathway -
  • money for lessons and rental
  • after three months rental the harp has to be purchased
  • time to practice
  • an even deeper fear...what if I'm not good??
My dear friend - prayer partner - encourager - and kayaking buddy - gave me a little push to go up and introduce myself to the harpist. As I talked with her about the possibilities of learning the harp, I was unsure, almost diffident, but she looked straight in my eyes and said "Just get a harp in your hands."

Just do it - start - try - let the picture unfold - without knowing all the details.

It feels like a leap of faith - only a little one, but still, I am dependent on Him. I will never know all He may have in mind, if I don't take this first step and "get a harp in my hands".

I have another dream...this one has been nurtured for a very long time.

Someday, Lord willing, I would like to go to Africa to work with orphaned children. There are many obstacles to this dream too, but I am giving it into the Lord's hands, knowing that He can accomplish all things. I do not know all the details - how the Lord will work it out - but I am praying that when the time is right, He will make a way.

I believe that when we delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart.

But even more than that, I believe that He creates our desires - He plants them and waters them - He causes them to blossom and come to fruition at just the right season. If we have a deep desire, a longing that will not go away, I believe that we have a responsibility before God to examine it in the light of His presence - asking Him to sift through the longing and purify it for His glory.

Have you ever nurtured a secret dream - a yearning deep inside? Maybe you have never spoken about it to anyone. Maybe the obstacles have seemed too large, too impossible, to overcome. Maybe the thought of actually trying to accomplish your dream feels too intimidating - you're afraid of failure or afraid that reality won't match the dream. Perhaps you have stored your dream on a shelf like a precious heirloom that you are afraid to use in case it gets broken or damaged.

I am getting a Celtic harp in my hands this week...

What dreams are tucked away in your heart?