Somewhere Over The Rainbow…

Sing with me if you know it…

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Way up high
There’s a land that I dreamed of
Once in a lullaby.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Skies are blue
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Some day I’ll wish upon a star
And wake up where the clouds are far behind me.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops
Away above the chimney tops
That’s where you’ll find me.

Somewhere over the rainbow,
Blue birds fly
Birds fly over the rainbow
Why, then, oh, why can’t I?

If happy little bluebirds fly
Beyond the rainbow
Why, oh, why can’t I?

Written by E. Y. Harburg, Over The Rainbow

Little did I know, Harburg had a difficult time with government…and religion, for that matter. But I digress…

I was finishing up some work and heard a piano playing this lonesome song. I’ve always wondered why people have been enamored with this song sung by the likes of Judy Garland in Wizard of Oz…or Harry Connick Jr…or Billy Ray Cyrus…or numerous others.

When I sang it before, I would always sing, “Somewhere over the rainbow…water melon. Watermelon. Water. Melon. Watermelon, Watermelon…” And so on. Since I know the lyrics are not watermelon, looking them up, I can now appreciate them.

I believe Harburg was on to something. He writes that there are blue skies over that rainbow. And the dreams that you dream really do come true…I believe this at my core. Deep down I believe that my dreams really will come true. Deep down.

That deep down, in my core, where my deepest thoughts come from, that source…I am not used to that source. I don’t usually think through my inner most core. I usually dream from my simple mind…or do I?

I used to have this recurring dream and it went a little something like this:

I was running through a forest dodging trees whizzing by my head. I felt this sense of escape and that I needed to run even faster or I would be captured. I sensed something chasing me, perhaps a wolf. I looked back and saw this evil wolf chasing me. I looked forward again and saw an opening in the forest as if there were light at the end of a tunnel. The light through the trees got brighter and brighter and larger. I knew my escape had come. I reached the end of the darkness. I reached the end of the chase from evil and stepped into this bright space…

What I didn’t realize is that it was the edge of a cliff. I couldn’t stop and I fell off the face of the cliff. It seemed like I fell forever. I saw the water getting closer and closer and closer. And then, SMACK! I hit the water, I saw dark, dirty water. I realized I was going to drown…

Then I woke up.

That was the recurring dream I had time and time again. It all started around when I was 10. After a few times of waking up in a cold sweat, I realized I was tired of falling off the cliff. So I would begin to manipulate the dream and I would wake myself up before I hit the water…because that was the worst part!

Then I would make myself stop right before the water and hover and inch or so off the water…

Then I would stop, hover, and twist my body in a way to where I would be facing the sky…

Then I would stop, hover, twist, and then flap my arms…

Then I would stop, hover, twist, flap, and then begin to fly up to the sky…

Then I realized…why fall? Why not just take a running start and jump off the cliff and begin to fly from the leap. I would flap my arms and fly and float and soar and like Icarus, break a sweat. But what I could see was beautiful!

It was “over the rainbow” and blue.

Where in the world did that dream come from?! It didn’t come from this world. It came from deep down inside me. Past my body. Past my mind. It came from my inner most core, my spirit.

My spirit was telling me to take a leap. Don’t be afraid to fail. You will see what is over the rainbow. You will see the Dream that is the Hope of all nations.

The wolf in the forest just wanted a piece of me, or wanted me to fall in the abyss. Little did the wolf know that now, I don’t miss the forest for the trees. Now I can see the Glorious Splendor that is over the rainbow.

This Dream spoken of is given to us if we listen deep down. If we stay focused and behold just long enough…past the noise…past the chasing opponents…past the branches and trees…

…past gravity…

For you know…The Dream, the Hope, the Purpose, the Reason…created gravity.

Perhaps, if we behold and listen just past all of these things, our dreams will begin to dissipate. Our dreams, perhaps, will be reformed and reshaped and renewed. Our dreams disappear, and behold, His Dream, His Hope, His Purpose becomes reality in our lives…and His Dream and Hope and Purpose comes true.

Harburg’s song ends with a bit of dismay, a lack of hope. But he was on to something.

May we wish upon a star. May we put our hope in the Hope of the world, the bright Star, Who is Christ. And we will wake up with the clouds and troubles of this world far behind us.

That’s where you’ll be found.

That is…if you were ever lost in the first place.

14 comments

  1. Jamal Jivanjee · February 15, 2012

    Mark,

    Brother, this is beautiful. This was written from the core of your spirit! How amazing is it that the Lord gave you this dream repeatedly. How incredible is it that we don’t have to fall anymore. We can go, and are now *in* the very place where dreams come true. That place is ‘in Christ’!

    Thank you for this…

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Thanks for commenting, Jamal. Being in Christ is a dream come true!

  2. Jon Zens · February 15, 2012

    Mark, my favorite version of this song was done by Eva Cassidy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce-5OWBNGNw
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts!

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Jon, Eva’s is a beautiful rendition. Thank you for reading and your encouragement. Blessings.

  3. mikekesselring · February 15, 2012

    It’s cool because I could hear your voice saying all this, but I think that’s just because of your writing style. Either way, I enjoyed this blog post and the truth that it reveals. A fresh perspective on life is a beautiful thing, and it is only through Christ we can have a heavenly perspective!
    Right on brother! Keep these revelations coming!
    Miss you like a mailbox misses letters on Sunday.
    Mike

  4. Jerry Cooper · February 15, 2012

    Great stuff my friend. Thanks for sharing.

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Jerry, thanks for reading and commenting. It is good to be where blue birds fly! Glad you are too!

  5. shane ocon · February 16, 2012

    Thanks Mark. This was a real confirmation of what the Spirit has been saying and an encouragement my friend. I gotta say way to go on manipulating your dream. That’s incredible!

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Shane, thanks for reading. I appreciate your encouragement. Glad you were encouraged as well.

  6. Micah Jordan · February 16, 2012

    Wow Mark,
    This is good stuff. It’s funny because in philosophy for theology right now we’re reading Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. Talking about faith and the power of decision, it’s once we overcome the box our mind is in, the one saying that we have to fall when jumping off a cliff, that we grow closer to real faith (though I wouldn’t suggest testing the jumping off a cliff thing) We must have faith that God, when he tells us to do something, will sustain us, regardless of how absurd or counterintuitive it may seem.
    You’ve caused much thought here Mark : )
    Thank you

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Hey Micah. Thanks for reading and commenting. Glad you are looking outside the box. Be encouraged. The thought that is outside of the box is given, not found. Continue to seek Christ, my brother. He will sustain you in Him.

  7. Milt · February 20, 2012

    His dream becomes our dream! What a concept! thanks for sharing bro…

    • marklchampion · February 21, 2012

      Hey Milt. Thanks for reading and commenting. Seeing his dream for His people is a wonderful dream come true! May the Lord continue your dream weaving!

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