Do Dreams Expire?
Do Dreams Expire?
by S. David Acuff
Some do, I guess. Most do not.
There’s a line from Ace Ventura in one of his films that goes something like, “If I’m not back in 5 minutes…just wait longer!”
Wait longer. Nobody on this planet wants to hear that. Are you kidding me? If I have to wait 4.5 seconds for my phone to connect to the internet or Google Maps to latch on to my position I begin shaking like that “Looper” Kid and objects around me begin to levitate and friends duck for cover as the telekenetic storm swells to frenzious levels!
INT. STARBUCKS – DAY
PERKY TEENAGER: “I’m sorry sir, we’re out of that coffee and gonna have to cook up a fresh batch. It’ll be just 7 minutes.”
7 minutes? Oh, I may smile and nod politely, but my inner monologue goes something like…
ME: “Rrrrrrrrrrrraaaaawr…HULK SMASH!!!!!!!! 7 minutes are you INSAAAAAAANE!!!!!”
…and then it involves bolts of lightening ejecting from my finger tips, igniting sparks from every light bulb and outlet within a 20 foot radius.
Come to think of it, I could probably switch to decaf.
How about has God ever put a vision in your heart? A Dream for something? An idea for a Feature Film. And your first thought is, “Wow, what a great idea! I could write the script this morning, shoot it this afternoon, have it in theaters by afternoon tea time and be done raking in billions of box office dollars in time for dinner!”
What is the turnaround on your dream? A day? A week? 6 months? A year? 10 years? 40 years? 70? 150? 300 years?
Oh, you think I’m kidding about 300 years. You know God promised Abraham he’d be a great nation whose descendants numbered with the stars and that definitely did not happen in a week. In fact it was 3 generations before Israel was even a thing.
Here’s a scary little fact you need to know about God: God is not afraid to dream multi-generationally. For example, King David envisions a Temple, draws up the plans, gathers all the materials, but his Son Solomon actually builds that Temple.
There are things that God has been lining up for years and even generations to position you for your thing. Whatever that is. And in some cases, it’s to position you to carry and protect the torch and then pass it on to the next person who will be in position for the thing. Humbling, isn’t it?
Here’s what he says about that in Habakkuk 2:2-3…
2 Then the Lord replied:
“Write down the revelation
and make it plain on tablets
so that a herald may run with it.
3 For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
it speaks of the end
and will not prove false.
Though it linger, wait for it;
it will certainly come
and will not delay.”
Did you catch that? “Though it linger, wait for it.”
It’s 2013, my friends. And some of you are tired of waiting. In fact, you may feel like you’ve missed the boat all together and your dream has expired and its time to move on. I know, I’ve thought the same thing. But you know what, God says?
“Though it linger, wait for it.”
- I’m talking to you, young filmmaker that wasn’t able to raise the funds you needed through Kickstarter.
- I’m talking to you, script writer who placed in all kinds of script contests, but hasn’t sold one yet.
- I’m talking to you, actor, who has gone to hundreds of auditions and only gotten the tiniest little bit parts.
- I’m talking to you, producer who had a production deal go south and lost years of work down the toilet.
- I’m talking to you, stay at home mom who longs to be filmmaking but is elbows deep in laundry and dirty diapers.
- I’m talking to you, comic book artist who works all day and then draws all night, waiting for that big break.
“Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”
Who cares if it didn’t happen in 2012? Who cares if it doesn’t happen in 2013? It is coming.
Do you realize that in another time and another place, the work that you’ve done on your project that hasn’t gone anywhere might have launched a multi-million dollar film franchise? The idea you’ve been working on in another time might have been the next Facebook. It’s true. Now is not the right season. But you’re doing the right things! Don’t stop. It will not prove false.
Wait for it. And while you’re waiting, try not to Hulk Smash anything! There’s a reason it’s called “Inner Monologue”.
Let’s make a movie!
S. David Acuff is a Father, Filmmaker and Lip-Trumpeter in Charlotte, NC. During the day he is mild-mannered TV/Video Producer at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. But by night he is the masked avenger of Faith and Film and Frivolity over at Wired4Film.com! All for one and one for all and three for a dollar!