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The Year of a Million Dreams
by Kristen Schiffman
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Psalm 5:3 (NASB)
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

There were princesses and pirates. Mice dressed up in suits and skirts. Glass slippers. Delicious sugar free fudge. Fire works on a nightly basis. Scrumptious dinners. Fairy tale dreams. A stunning castle. Parades decked out in glowing glory. Music that is stuck in your head for days. Awesome sound effects. Musicals. Wild animals. Shuttles. Monorails. Bathing suits! Luaus. Leis. Buffets. Lines. Laughter. People from every country you can imagine. A mountain from space. A tower of sheer terror. Indiana Jones!
I’m just coming off of a Disneyworld vacation. And I do intend for that ‘coming off of’ phrase to sound drug-like. Disney is like a drug. It gets you pumped, psyched, ready, tired, nauseas, let down, hungry, stuffed, hungry again at the strangest of hours, it wakes you up early and tucks you into bed late. Disney welcomes crazy dreams and sends you off with the notion that perhaps they may just come true for you. Of course Disney is not in the business of giving everyone their own personal dreams but for this year they are running a promotion they like to call, ‘The Year of a Million Dreams’.
Here is how it works: At any given time, on any given day, in any given Disney park a Disney associate may just walk up to you, tap your shoulder and announce you the winner of one of their many dream giveaways. Believe me, it’s the talk of Mickey’s town. And I actually witnessed a few giveaways.
Early on in our trip my sister and I were set on being ‘tapped’. And so we dressed our cutest with high hopes the ‘tappers’ would indeed notice us. The only thing I was noticed by was the sun which left its mark on the one area I did not have lathered up in sunscreen.
The crazy thing about ‘The Year of a Million Dreams’ is that people all around actually EXPECT to be tapped, Kate and I included. Somehow many Disney visitors truly believe that if dreams are going to be given away than whom else better suited for the dream? Again Kate and I included.
I witnessed twin, around the age of 8, girls given a dream. They were cute. They matched. Their hair was braided. I’m sure they were lovely children who mind their manners and never forget to say, “Thank you.” I instantly didn’t like them. “Little devious matching 8 year olds,” I thought to myself. How dare they steal my dream giveaway!
In all seriousness I’ve been thinking about expectation for a few weeks now. I wonder why it is so easy to expect things from places like Disney or marriages or children yet so difficult for so many to expect things from the Lord?
I love David, the psalmist and King. He so truthfully pens his heart all throughout the Psalms and leaves us with countless treasures to delve into. Check out his thoughts, “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
‘…And wait in expectation’. How profound. To come to the living God early in the morning, lay before him requests and actually expect to see action! I wonder do we live like this. Or do we reserve expectation for only certain areas of our lives? Or have we, as I, fallen into the realm of no expectation at all?
I believe reserved expectation and the lack of expectation are two very dangerous places to live. Without expectation we are without hope. Without hope I fear we are destined simply to coast by without truly feeling the purpose of this life.
I cannot express how deeply touched I am by the New American Standard version of David’s words in Psalm 5:3, “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.”

Are you eagerly watching? Waiting for the God of all creation to come and tap your shoulder? Are you eagerly awaiting His action on your behalf? Or are you, as I, rolling your eyes and thinking you have a better chance of winning a Dream Disney Giveaway – even though you live no where near Disney and have no plans of partying it up with Minnie anytime soon?
I want so sincerely for you to shake off your skepticism and join me today as Christ calls out for us to venture into waters of anticipation. Places that leave us waiting to see just what He will do next with our simple morning prayers.
If I know anything at all it is that Christ continually shatters any small box we place Him in. You come to Him eagerly watching, even your hopeful expectation will be shattered! It is my heart’s cry today that there in the midst of your ‘waiting in expectation’ moment Christ will open your eyes to His grandness and your desperate need to accept and expect nothing less than simply more of Him.
I’ll be thinking of you in the morning as I lay my requests before Him…waiting and watching.

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