“That night the answer to the mystery was given to Daniel in a vision. Daniel blessed the God of heaven, saying . . . ‘And now you’ve shown us what we asked for. You’ve solved the king’s mystery.” Daniel 2:19 and 23. (The Message)
A Word of Hope
When I was 6 or 7 the biblical character Daniel was my superhero. I wasn’t allowed to watch Superman or Batman on tv. (My parents thought “Lassie” was more appropriate). But Daniel was pretty cool. He could tame lions and walk through fire. And in today’s assigned lectionary (Daniel 2: 1 – 23) he was clairvoyant.
A nifty trick being able to not just interpret dreams but also to see the dreams of another person. He could headline Las Vegas. According to Daniel’s interpretation the king dreamed of a statue. Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar that he was the statue’s head of gold and that all the other kingdoms that came after would be inferior. Never hurts, when interpreting dreams to throw in a little flattery, especially if the king threatens to kill you if he doesn’t like what he hears. And you hope by the time the future you predict comes around, you will be long gone just in case.
Well, it would be great to be a superhero with special powers. Especially predicting the future. Because lately I feel like my every day human powers are put to the test beyond what I can handle. Maybe it is because after more than a year the end of the pandemic is in sight, but I can’t let up yet. I need to hang on just a little longer.
And what does it mean when I say “the end is in sight?” The end of what? And what is on the other side of these past 14 months? Those are just some of the many unknowns.
Call me cynical cause I have a feeling answers won’t come in a dream. And, I don’t have a clue about the future. But I do have friends who have hung in with me and share what we are going through. I have found new ways of being in God’s presence. New opportunities to stay connected. New sources of God’s voice.
So, I am not yet thinking too much about the future. Still taking it a day at a time. It is the assurance of Easter that our future is secure. You know, being fully alive in the present moment may be all the superpower I need.
God of my being. Moment by moment I have all the powers I need.