How small is your dream Shepherdess? I am working through a short devotion written about C.S. Lewis and the call to create. The devotion explains that the idea for the Chronicles of Narnia began when Lewis was 16 after he visualized a Faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood (Mr. Tumnus in the series). When he was forty he decided to see if he could make something of the Faun. The end result was a literary series about Narnia. When you research information about the series, it mentions that Aslan (paralleling Jesus) is the central character and the only one to appear in all 7 installments. Wait – Aslan wasn’t what Lewis saw in his mind, the Faun was the picture. He relates that as he began to write the story, Aslan suddenly came bounding in (figuratively of course) and the rest is literary history.
Back to the question of how small is your dream. Are you waiting for lighting to strike? Are you waiting for the heavens to part and to hear a deep voice telling you to go forth and begin? While it’s important to wait on the right time, to allow ourselves to be guided by God, it is also important that we begin. We have to start somewhere with ‘the start’ being the most important part. We may make mistakes, but those can be corrected. If we do nothing, the dream may die, and we may miss out on blessing another with the outcome of our dream. Most importantly, do not give up!
For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3
Two years ago the idea for The Good Shepherdess Ministry came to me just as the Faun came to C.S. Lewis. Since my dream came much later in life, waiting 24 years to begin was not an option for me. During these two years I have worked and prepared to make the start. Is it happening fast? Not as fast as I would like. I would love to present safe living to hundreds of people every single month. My hope is to educate women and their families about the many ways we can stay safe and protect those we love. Is it happening in the way I would like? I’m not sure I have that answer as I don’t have a clear picture of how this is all supposed to happen.
The one thing I do know is to trust, to keep moving forward, to share at every opportunity, and to let the dream grow to be what it should be, a thing that gives glory to the Father and is a blessing to others. Who knows, Aslan may suddenly come bounding into the picture!
Shepherdess, tend your flock well, and don’t give up on your dream. C.S. Lewis waited almost 25 years for his Faun and Aslan to come to life in the minds and hearts of children (and a few of us adults).