A Dream Deferred.


By Langston Hughes
What happens to a dream deferred?
      Does it dry up
      like a raisin in the sun?
      Or fester like a sore—
      And then run?
      Does it stink like rotten meat?
      Or crust and sugar over—
      like a syrupy sweet?
      Maybe it just sags
      like a heavy load.
      Or does it explode?

In high school, in freshmen English, I read the above poem by Langston Hughes. As a class, we performed a literary analysis of the piece and I took for granted what this work is actually saying. I am currently writing and sharing a synopsis about how I became an RN. While writing part three this poem came to my mind randomly, truly I understand now. To be at a loss with the desire of your heart, to feel as though you misunderstood or misstepped and the longing and impatience to have what you want. So I want to encourage someone by sharing that just because a dream is deferred does not mean that it dries up like a raisin in the sun, but quite possibly it is latent until God is ready to let that dream explode.

I am happy to finally share that I have accepted a position in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit as a Nurse Resident. For those who may not know, I recently graduated with my Associate’s Degree in Nursing. This had been a dream of mine since before completing my prerequisite courses for nursing school, but all I heard along the way was how the position rarely went to new grads, and how when it did it went to Bachelor’s prepared RNs. My journey to this point has been a tumultuous one, but nonetheless a God-driven one. If I could adequately put into word the sweet reward and feeling of basking in this explosion I would, but it something that needs to be felt by everyone. My prayer is that if you are someone whose dream seems deferred, that you persevere, endure, and resist until you are a witness to your dream. Remember God did not just place this dream in anyone, He placed it in you. Others might not understand, be able to comprehend it or help you pursue or achieve it, but God knows, so trust in him.


“3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lordand he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lordtrust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”

(Psalms 37: 3-6) NIV


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