November 20, 2019 –

Two older women were talking in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. Both of them reminded me of Susan Boyle of Britain’s Got Talent, a little overweight, frumpy, disheveled gray hair, and I was soon to witness another trait, wisdom where wisdom was unexpected

I overheard one lady complaining about the waiting time, her many physical aches and pains, the price of her medicine. She handed the other lady a piece of paper and asked her to read it to her; the type was too small.

The second lady’s only comment was, I can’t see a thing but still have dreams. She could see but, she thought of the future.

The first lady was miserable, and she wanted her friend to commiserate with her. In the second lady’s comment, I heard Susan Boyle, singing the second verse of “Les Miserables.”

I dreamed a dream in times gone by

When hope was high and life worth living

I dreamed that love would never die

I dreamed that God would be forgiving

Then I was young and unafraid

And dreams were made and used and wasted

There was no ransom to be paid

No song unsung, no wine untasted


Yes, the second lady has a dream, but it isn’t of days gone by, she is still dreaming. Victor Hugo, the writer of Les Miserables, is quoted as saying, “There is nothing like a dream to create the future.”

The second lady knows her remaining time is short, and she plans on filling the days with endless wonder. She dreams.

“But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. Because if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like someone looking at his own face in a mirror. For he looks at himself, and goes away and immediately forgets what kind of person he was. But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom and perseveres in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer who works — ​this person will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25, HCSB)