“American history shall march along that skyline,” announced Gutzon Borglum in 1924, gazing at the Black Hills of South Dakota. In 1927 Borglum began sculpting the images of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt on the granite face of 6,000-foot Mount Rushmore. Most of the sculpting was done by experienced miners under Borglum’s direction. Working with jackhammers and dynamite, they removed some 400,000 tons of outer rock, cutting within three inches of the final surface. When Borglum died in March 1941, his dream of the world’s biggest sculpture was near completion. His son Lincoln finished the work that October, some 14 years after it was begun. It matters that his son finished his dream.
In a sense, we are all products of dreams. I have seen a woman attend prayer sessions upon prayer sessions, hop from one doctor to another, even to shrines and witch doctors for an elusive child. It is impossible that such a person will not have a dream which finds a fulfillment or at least an extension in the child she seeks. [Hannah] vowed: “O LORD of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the LORD, his hair will never be cut.” 1 Samuel 1:11 True to Hannah’s dream, Samuel became a great prophet, priest and judge.
A good dream is like a lighthouse that leads travelers home. Having a godly vision for life is to engage with one’s purpose. It means daring to live a meaningful and productive life. It was vision that created the car, the computer and founded the greatest nation the world has ever known- America. It was their dreams that allowed the small island of Britain to colonize India, the second largest nation on earth. God had a dream for you too when He formed you- you were made to bring God glory, to change the course of history in the lives of many by bringing them to a knowledge of their creator and redeemer through your prayer, acts of kindness, good conduct, simple honesty and sharing the good news of Jesus. Some dreams are grand and lofty while others are small like my posting this message for you to read. The size of your dream does not matter, what counts is the purpose it achieves, to bring God glory. Remember that as Samuel was to Hannah, so are you to God; you can exceed expectations.