It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
One of my favorite quotes of all Harry Potter history. And yet, not one of my favorite realities.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, let me fill you in on this golden bit of it. I believe we can learn something from the encounter that unfolds.
In the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, roaming around school at night, Harry comes across a mirror like no other.
The Mirror of Erised curiously startles him at first as figures are shown in the mirror that in real life are not standing beside him. He becomes enamored by the mirror as he recognizes the other figures to be his deceased family who he never got to meet. In the reflection he sees his mother and father, of whom he has always longed for their affection.
On night, Harry plops on the floor in front of the mirror with all intent of remaining there for the night staring at the reflection of his parents. Dumbledore appears interrupting these plans. He comes to sit with Harry to explain the mirror’s mystery.
Dumbledore explains that it is a mirror that shows the deepest desires of the beholder’s heart. And he warns that many have wasted away before the mirror staring into the reflection, not knowing if what it reflects is real or possible.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.”
Somedays all I would like more is to sit on that floor in front of my own Mirror of Erised, staring at dreams and desires.
I am a dreamer. A creative. A thinker. My imagination has color.
But then there is the nitty-gritty of the process in fulfilling dreams. And sometimes I just frown at the process. But the process is where the living happens.
I heard someone say that God is not so caught up in our destination as much as he is concerned about our journey.
There is a tension between dreaming and walking towards those dreams. Walking towards the dreams requires tenacity, hard work, support, and feeling uncomfortable.
We get nowhere by sitting in front of our mirrors. It may feel like the safest place, but we will surely waste away there.
It takes bravery and sometimes risk to walk towards our dreams. It’s scary at times. It seems impossible, especially when insecurity comes creeping.
But it is living.
It is worth it.
There in the journey of working out our dreams and desires, is where we experience life. The good news is we do not have to journey alone. Holy Spirit joins us every step of the way, and we can lean into that reality.
May we bravely step forward trusting He is for us, and that the desires of our hearts will be realized as we walk day by day.