Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Today is a day of dreams as we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King’s dreams inspired our nation to come together as one and work for a better future. The extraordinary words of his “I Have A Dream” speech are still celebrated, quoted, and revered to this day.
A quarter of a million people crowded together in 1963 to hear Dr. Martin Luther King bring his message. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, George Raveling was pricked in his heart by the words of Dr. King. As the speech ended, this young volunteer security guard, gathered up his courage and approached Dr. King. Extending his hand, George told Dr. King how much the speech meant to him and asked if he might have his notes? Dr. King graciously reached in his pocket and pulled out the three pages of notes, placing them into George’s hand.
That was more than fifty years ago, but today, George Raveling still owns those iconic pages. He has been offered three million dollars for Dr. King’s notes but has refused to sell. Interestingly, George has revealed to the public that Dr. King’s notes for his famous “I Have A Dream” speech do not contain the words, “I Have A Dream.” In fact, they are found nowhere on the entire three pages.
How ironic that the most famous words of his entire speech were not included in Dr. King’s notes. But, if you know anything about Martin Luther King, you know that those powerful words, “I Have A Dream,” came straight from his heart. No need to write them on the notes. Dr. King’s dreams for our nation were from the treasures of his heart, and from them, his words effortlessly flowed, allowing us to visualize a better world.
Written on God’s heart are many dreams for us, too. His dreams for us flow from His heart of love for us, because we are His treasure. Through God’s dreams, we get a glimpse of a better world, both here and eternally. He dreams that we will be drawn to Him by his love. (Jeremiah 31:3) He dreams that we accept his gift of grace and salvation. (Ephesians 2: 8-9) He dreams that we will live a life of peace void of trouble and fear. (John 14:27) He dreams that we have a life free from the power of sin. (Romans 8:1-2) Today, Christians still celebrate, quote, and revere these dreams. And, these are just a few of the many treasures of dreams He has for us.
So, today, as we reflect on the dreams of Martin Luther King, may we never overlook the dreams that a Loving Father has for us. May we always be grateful that His heart overflows with love for us. And, may we strive to daily live in response to His incredible love.