Do you have dreams? Oh, I don’t mean the ones we have at night while we sleep but the ones we have during the day for our lives, families and world. Do you have those types of dreams?
Dreaming is often associated with fanciful things or pie in the sky. However, dreaming can be one of the most important things we do. Dreaming takes us out of our rut, the constraints of our bank account, flies past limitations and stagnation, and lets us see beyond our present reality. Dreaming may be the one place we let our imagination and our hearts have a voice that offers us an avenue to so much more!
It may be difficult to tell anyone our dreams. They might laugh or at very least raise an incredulous eyebrow because they may think dreams we are wasting our time on the impossible.
Funny thing about dreams, they found their way into people’s experiences in the Bible. Maybe you didn’t know this but God sends dreams to ordinary people to bring about extraordinary things. The first evidence of this is Joseph, the youngest son of Jacob. He dreamed that, as they were bringing in the sheaves at harvest, all the brothers’ sheaves bowed down to his sheave. Needless to say, this dream did not go over too well with his older brothers! Later, this dream would indeed come true but only after his brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites, who in turn sold him as a slave in Egypt. After a series of mishaps and God’s rescue, Joseph becomes the overseer of Pharaoh’s kingdom and his brothers must come bow down to him to seek food for their family during the famine in Canaan (Genesis 37-50).
Although we may not have received a dream like Joseph, we may have our own dream. What can God do with our dream?
In a book I’m reading called “Dreaming with God: A Bold Call to Step Out and Follow God’s Lead,” Sarah Beth Marr offers us a way to move from our dreams to dreams God has for us. For our God who dreams also has a dream for each of us! We just might not know what it is yet!
Peter tells the crowd on the Day of Pentecost, the day when the Holy Spirit filled the disciples to praise God in other languages: “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17-18). In other words, the Holy Spirit can enable even old men to dream God’s dreams!
By ourselves – even with much hard work and effort, we may not ever reach our dream. But when we trust God with our secret dream and heart’s desire, God will help us see what’s true and best for us in God’s eyes. Our God, who created the world, loves us far more than we realize. The best and brightest dream is the one that God will bring in our lives when we trust God with our heart and our dream. Psalm 37: 4-5 offers us the way: “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” I pray you will tell God your dream, then listen for and trust God for the dream best suited to you to come true in God’s kingdom.