Two years ago I was sitting in a coffee shop with six women I had just met. We were sharing testimonies of God working through our lives, and it was a powerful coffee date. Afterwards, as I began to walk out of the door, a young man named David (probably close to my age) stopped me and said God had something He wanted to share with me.
David began telling me that God says I am a dreamer. That I have big dreams within me, I can see all of these amazing things for God’s kingdom coming to pass in and through my life, and that God put those dreams within me. God wanted me to know He made me that way for a reason.
The words pierced my soul with confirming truth. For my entire life I have had an immense imagination full of dreams and creative visions for myself and the world. Those words were a fan to the burning dreams and desires within my heart. I could feel the momentum building up for my destiny coming to pass..and then I got pregnant with my second child a few weeks later. At that time I thought that meant my dreams had to wait. Later I remembered that having a family whole and restored, founded on Christ was a dream I always desired. And now I see that I get to do it all. In His timing of course.
Standing in shadows and mimicking movements take little effort, though it leaves one shriveled in spirit and paralyzed in destiny. I spent years yearning for dreams that I watched others live and afraid to walk out my own, all the while telling myself I was okay with mediocrity. But I was never born for it. So the tug of war raged within my soul. Was I forever destined to experience adventure and fantasy through the pages of a book or television screen?
We all have dreams, some planted by God and some born from fleshly desires. Ask God to show you which is which. So often we spend our lives cemented in a daydream completely buying into the delusion that we we’re meant for less.
If your dreams go against truth, then okay sure; maybe you should give em’ up. Ask God about that. But if they line up with God’s promises of the abundant life and spiritual blessings we receive through Christ, then what are you waiting for? Chase the lion! Of course we all need to wait on God to move on our behalf. I’m not saying don’t wait for God. I am saying that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Have some faith that there’s more to your life than the daily tasks you may feel enslaved to. And I’m not saying we shouldn’t be content. We absolutely must be content with what God has for us if we are ever going to move forward into the Promise land. At the same time, you must believe in your bones that there actually is a Promise land on the other side of this desert and you must have the faith to step into that Promise!
Think about Joseph and his colorful coat. Joseph was a dreamer. Joseph believed in those dreams of destiny even when his own family didn’t believe him. Even as he sat in prison and nothing in his life pointed to his dreams being fulfilled-nothing but his faith. And alas! Eventually God brought them to pass. Joseph finally sat in a seat of power with his family bowing before him just as his seemingly outrageous dream portrayed. Because sometimes our seemingly outrageous dreams are not actually ours. Sometimes the dreams burning in our hearts are, in fact, God’s dreams planted in us meant to impact the world. In this case, we are merely stewards of the dreams. Realizing that is when the good stuff happens. When we don’t give up on the dreams but we give up on ourselves and yield to God, that’s when peace reigns in our hearts and dreams become reality.
What do you dream of? Think of it. Write it down. Instead of grasping at straws to make it happen, or totally giving it up all together, make your petitions to God about it and make a plan (Proverbs 16:3) Also be sure to guard you heart with the peace of God. Sometimes the dreams are for now, and sometimes they’re for later. You won’t know unless you ask, and you won’t succeed if you never try.
“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].”- (Philippians 4:6-7 AMP)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 NIV)
This makes it personal. This means I can’t tell you for sure or a pastor or the internet can’t tell you how or when or even why. Though counsel is totally Biblical and necessary, that’s not my point. You have to have your own personal and intimate relationship with God and hear what the Wonderful Counselor says to you. Keep dreaming, keep praying, keep stepping out in faith while aligning yourself with the Holy Spirit. Nothing is impossible for God.