Ten years ago I had a dream. I was in my 20s then. Maybe you’ll think it was a stupid dream; so yes, you can laugh and yes, you can tell me I should have known better, but here goes: My dream was to be a chaplain to the Formula One drivers – to travel with them, and organise a short worship-service they could come to really early on Sunday mornings before all the busyness of race-day started.
I didn’t talk about it to family or friends. I guess I knew they wouldn’t take me seriously, but I did write it in a letter once. I’d just got in-touch with an organisation called Christians in Motorsport, and I’d had a couple of phone-conversations with the guy behind it, so I wrote and told him what I wanted to do with my life. Predictably, he replied that a woman being chaplain to male F1 drivers was out of the question, but we kept in-touch. Eventually the organisation voted in someone else as chairman, and I decided to step back from it. So, end of story?
Let me tell you what happened today. A certain driver didn’t have a great qualifying. People have said in race-commentaries that he’s had problems in his personal life, and he sounded very dejected after the session today. I felt I really wanted to send him my favourite Bible-verse (Jeremiah 29:11) about the plans God has to give us hope and a future. Lots of celebrities are on Twitter now, so I was able to write just a couple of sentences, telling him God had good plans for his life.
Then it dawned on me that I was doing exactly what I wanted to be doing ten years ago. I wasn’t getting paid for it; I wasn’t travelling the world or talking with drivers face-to-face as I’d imagined, but I was encouraging one of them to think about God in his situation.
So, it wasn’t a stupid dream: The way I wanted to live it out might have been stupid and totally impractical, but God had it all in-hand. How was I to know that in 2013, social media would make it so easy to interact with people who before would have been out of my reach?
Are there any dreams you’ve had that you thought would never happen? What if you’re wrong?