As I was sitting next to the pond today, reading the second book of the Philokalia (published by Faber Faber), I came across one of St. Maximus’s last entries in his collection of spiritual teachings of the First Century – It reads:

“When the intellect is absorbed in the contemplation of things invisible, it seeks their natural principles, the cause of their generation and whatever follows from this, so well as the providential order and judgment which relates to them.”

Maximus the Confessor  (c. 580 – 13 August 662)

Maximus the Confessor (c. 580 – 13 August 662)

After reading this, I looked out onto the pond and it came to me that ever since I was delivered from the prison in which I lived for the past six years, I have not had a single dream at night – even as I dreamed daily for the entirety of my incarceration. It was at that moment near the pond that I realized that I have nothing new to dream. For, that which I prayed and hope for, for the past six years had finally come to life. It was true I mused to myself – my faith had ended in sight and my hope had ended in fruition. My soul was no longer restless for that which it sought persistently from God. “Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee, O Lord”, St. Augustine.
I believe that we Cooperate with God the best when we set our hearts on having faith and hope in those things that will glorify Him. That is, it was good for the Children of Israel to dream and pray to be released from bondage to the Egyptians, but it was a better thing for them to dream the next dream and pray the next prayer after they were delivered.
There is a transition from praise to working on the next thing that God gives us to do that we must discern and be attentive to. The songs of Miriam and Moses that were sung after God delivered the Israelites through the Red Sea attests to the fact that praise is natural for us to express and worthy to be received by God after He answers our prayers, but the fact that these same Israelites were lacking basic food and water for survival immediately after their delivery attests to the fact that God loves for us to depend on His for everything. Jesus divsaid, “Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5 – New American Bible).
Essentially, Faith and Hope are beacons of life – like a tree, they are planted, they grow, mature, produce fruit, and even though they may die, they produce seeds for new life. Therefore, should our dreams be realized, it is ever so important for us to dream again for God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will to continue to be done in our life.
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