"In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" is a short story I well remember from college. Delmore Schwartz's work does not come from a Christian worldview at all. His story themes often involve the failure of relationships and his personal life was a wreck.
However, when I hear the phrase "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" I am reminded of the beauty of our dreams. If God shows us a vision for our lives we should know that reaching that vision will oftentimes be hard work. It will often happen at times that seem to us to be inconvenient. It may cause us to question our carefully held misconceptions about God, life, ourselves and others. I am reminded that there is beauty in the work to reach the vision God has set before us.
Homeschooling our children was a vision God had given us. We had a beautiful dream about having our children around all the time, developing life-long friendships with them, reading them the word of God, creating, and exploring. As I have started this homeschool year I am reminded that good things never come easy. Every bit of this has been a journey that I have needed to take day by day.
God has given us a vision to adopt a child. As we are beginning to fill out forms, read paperwork, and pray...we have no idea what we are in for. And I think that's just where God wants us. I don't know what will come into our lives through this journey. I don't know how long it will take, exactly how much it will cost financially and emotionally.
I know many of us are on the journey of writing. For me this is a journey that does not currently lead on the road to publication, but I have to keep my vision alive. Keeping my vision alive means spending the rare spare moments learning about craft. It changes what and how I read as I attempt to improve my own writing. I see art every where I look. Small responsibilities over time building a dream.
What vision has God given you for your future? How can you work while you wait?