Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Seeds of Dreams

I was looking for a quote for a project I am working on when I came across this quote:

You know a dream is like a river, ever changing as it flows.
And a dreamer's just a vessel that must follow where it goes.
Trying to learn from what's behind you and never knowing what's in store
makes each day a constant battle just to stay between the shores.
And I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Like a bird upon the wind, these waters are my sky.
I'll never reach my destination if I never try,
So I will sail my vessel 'til the river runs dry.
Too many times we stand aside and let the water slip away.

To what we put off 'til tomorrow has now become today.
So don't you sit upon the shore and say you're satisfied.
Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tides.
-Garth Brooks
song The River co-written with Victoria Shaw

Before cancer, there were many times I let the burdens of life weight me down. With life responsibilities I felt like there was never enough hours of the day. Then bam! Cancer diagnosis…my world stopped…and then my life began again! I made a promise to God that if I lived through treatment (I seriously had my doubts), I would live a life for Him. In my pursuit of living a life for Him, I discovered a new dream. Before cancer, I never took the time to dream. (I enjoyed being a wife and mother—that was my only dream.) Slowly through the cancer treatment journey a seed was planted in my life garden. A seed to write. (There are many days I wonder if the wrong seed was planted in my garden. After all, I have had no writing training or experience, I am getting older and my life schedule is pretty full.) The last year this seed has grown into a seedling. Many times I have tried to dig up the seedling and throw it in the compost pile. However, the roots must be deep, as the plant (dream) keeps coming back and continues to grow. A few weeks ago, God watered this seed by providing an unexpected opportunity for me to attend the Colorado Christian Writers Conference next week. I can hardly believe it! At this time I don’t know if I am more scared or more excited. All’s I do know is that I am trusting and obeying!

Q. Have you had the seed of a dream planted in your life garden?


Roxane B. Salonen said...

Kim, yay! It's always a wonderful thing to have a writing conference to look forward to! Wonderful! I will be spending some quiet writing time at a monastery in North Dakota in June. I can't wait for that! :)

Maryann said...

I think it's great that you are cultivating the seedling that God has planted in your heart, never to old to pursue a dream. After my own diagnosis the things I thought were important and time worthy have now been pushed to the back burner. Now I focus on family and friends and my dream is to be a more accomplished photographer

Mary Aalgaard said...

Your true gifts keep sprouting up. Great metaphor. Journey on! The coference will be terrific.

Hester's Heart said...

Kim, I just love your heart. Great analogy with our dreams being seeds in our heart. God bless you next week. Live you dream dear one! ;) Can't wait to hear about it. I'll have to follow your link. Bless you, Hester

Robyn Campbell said...

Kim just let me say that from reading your blog posts, THAT SEED IS GOING TO GROW INTO A BEAUTIFUL TREE, WITH BRANCHES EXTENDING INTO THE HEARTS AND HOMES OF FOLKS ALL OVER THE WORLD. You are definitely supposed to be a writer. We all have doubts. And even after I am published, I will have doubts. But this is all I want to do. (Except grow as close to God as humanly possible and be with my family.) I can't wait to hear all about the conference. I can imagine how excited you are. It's gonna be SOOOOOO SWEET!!!!!!!!! :-)

o2bhiking said...

Hi Kim - I like what you wrote here. Congratulations on the writers' conference. That should be a great experience. My sister also has triple-negative breast cancer. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Art (Virginia)

Elayne said...

Kim~ this is awesome! I can't wait to hear about it. I also see above you have met my Blogger friend Art!!