Do you dare to dream? Or do you think dreaming is not a prudent thing to do for Christians? There is a lot of talk floating around about dreaming and at its worst dreamlessness can make us bury our talents. And that’s not the point, right?
But how could we avoid chasing dreams that are not worthy? How could we discern which dreams are from God and which are our own creations or forced upon us by the demands of the world? This is a tough question but in fear of chasing our own foolishness, we are not to stop dreaming because then we might throw away the baby with the bath water.
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. (Romans 8:15, NLT,*)
C.S. Lewis has said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” I would add that as long as we have dreams we are alive. Because our God keeps on creating new things. He invites us to create with him. And this is the secret of dreaming: not alone or on your own strength but with God and in his strength.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
(Isaiah 43:19, NIV,*)
Dare to dream
So we are not to keep dreaming and God separate (or any other part of life). God does not exist to bless our ready-made plans and dreams. Instead, God invites us to dream with him.
How does it happen? In prayer, we lay down our dreams and hopes at Jesus’ feet and tell him our desires, insecurities and ask for guidance. We ask for new, bold dreams. And we ask for God’s will to happen in our lives because without exception it is the best thing that can happen to us.
So we don’t give up dreams or dreaming. Instead, we dream with God. Huge, beautiful, wonderful dreams. Because God has amazing plans for us. A lot better than we could imagine ourselves.
So let’s turn to the Expert Dreamer. Let’s ask for divine dreams and making them come true with God’s grace. Let’s not remain passive waiting for something to happen. Instead, let’s create something new with our Heavenly Father. Because this dynamic connection is our true home. That’s where all the most beautiful dreams come from.
Thank you for keeping on creating new things
and inviting us to dream with you.
We surrender to you and
ask you to show us
the dreams you have for us.
Embolden us to embrace your dreams.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Do you dare to dream with God?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you lay down your hopes and dreams (and messes and disappointments) and ask God to give you better and bigger dreams!
* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses to Biblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.]