God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Ephesians 3:20-21 MSG
It was storming. The house was quiet. The power was out. And my step-son and I were curled up watching a movie on my computer while the battery ever so slowly diminished.
As I sat there next to him, the kid’s movie began discussing how out of reach a dream can be and the somewhat unattainable and unrealistic dream needed to be forgotten. My ears seemed to perk up at this somewhat grown up “humor” and I giggled while thinking how true that can be.
Rewind to the start of 2016.
I am 1 year into marriage and still trying to figure out the new God-given roles that I have found myself in. I began to ask God what it was He wanted me to focus on in this brand new year He was about to give me. And I heard two words…
I found it awakening to my soul to hear the Lord tell me to dream again. I have always been a big dreamer, and I have always wanted to do big things for His Kingdom. I was always told that I can do anything through His strength. But that doesn’t mean I was not met with opposition or discouragement. I have had people tell me not to dream so big, while others encouraged me and helped me not lose sight of my calling.
We always tell our children they can be anything they dream to be or that they are capable of mighty things. But then, when we get to adulthood…we forget.
We forget to dream.
We forget that God still wants to use those dreams in mighty ways.
We forget that He is capable of more than we can imagine.
And we forget that dreaming is part of our God-given DNA.
We settle and sink into a repetitive groove that brings no life or purpose. And we give up on those dreams we had when our hearts were singing with His promises.
As a wife and mom, I find that if I’m not intentionally spending time with God, talking to Him and dreaming with Him, I too forget.
I forget what He has done.
I forget what He has called me to.
And I forget to hope in something greater than this world has to offer.
This new word of mine for 2016 has been one of the most challenging words to put into action. When you dream and hope, you have to expect that you will find much disappointment as you begin to dream again.
Maybe your family isn’t getting along the way you had dreamed they would.
Maybe your spouse doesn’t love you the way you dreamed they would.
Maybe your financial goals can be called more of a nightmare than a dream.
Maybe you still haven’t gotten that positive pregnancy test and it now feels too painful to dream.
Or maybe you haven’t impacted others for God’s Kingdom like you thought you would.
If you look at what is, instead of what God can do, disappointment will follow.
For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’
Part of God teaching us to pick up our forgotten dreams, or to begin to dream new ones, is to remind us that we have to hope in something greater than ourselves. To believe without wavering that God is working even when our circumstances make us feel otherwise. Even when opposition comes, He teaches us to hold on, to trust in His promises, and to know He is working all things for good. He puts it into perspective that this life here on earth is but a breath. But we can choose to partner with Him during the small amount of time that we do have here to complete the tasks that He lays before us. You may not feel like you are doing monumental things, but with God, the simple things are the mighty things.
You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Wherever you find yourself today, ask God to dream with you. Don’t focus on what is. Focus on what our all-powerful, unexplainable, unimaginable God can do.
And don’t forget to dream.