The Dream

July 9, 2019
The Dream Al Weir, MD July 9, 2019

Our view of Tirana was magnificent from the 25th floor of the Plaza. The international scientific speakers had completed their presentations and the Albanian doctors were discussing among themselves. These bright physicians were as knowledgeable as those who had presented this fantastic new science but had no way to use that science due to their diminished resources. They have been my friends for many years and one of them spoke, “This is great to hear, but for us it is just a dream.” Then another took the microphone and chastened his discouraged colleagues, “Yes, but we insist on the dream.”

“We insist on the dream.”

We all have impossible dreams of our own, but what impossible dream for God do you have, impossible because it is totally outside your control?

Do I even have an impossible dream for God? Or do I save all the great dreams for myself? Each of us has deep longings that we somewhat doubt will come to pass, but still dream of the possibility: a child to finally succeed, a spouse to return, that life of retirement, that special vacation with the one you love. Great dreams, our dreams.

What deep-felt dreams for God would you dream? What dream of eternal significance remains a distant thought in the back of your head rather than one that swells your heart? What country buried in secularism do I dream of being delivered? What neighbor lost in a wasted life do I envision serving with purpose and joy? What backstreet of homelessness and addiction do I see empty of tents and needles because all are saved from their defeated lives? Do I not have a dream for God?

We should ask God for that dream. And then, though impossible, through the power of Christ and through the faithfulness of our obedience, we must insist on the dream.

Dear Father,
Let me dream Your dreams and then live them out with Your power.

Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Weir is currently serving on CMDA's Board of Trustees.