The reality is if our lives were left up to us, we wouldn’t dream big enough. Certainly God has in store for us more than we could ever think or ask.
Essential 100—Read: Genesis 12:1-20
“The LORD said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing…all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you.'” ~Genesis 12:1-3
God gave Abraham quite an expansive dream for an old guy, didn’t he! He was well into his senior years when God showed up and said, “Abe, I’ve got some unbelievable plans for you!”
Do you realize that among created beings, man is unique in that he alone has the ability to dream? Angels can’t dream; animals can’t dream. The devil can’t dream, dogs don’t dream—although I think mine does. I notice him twitching and snarling sometimes when’s he’s sleeping. I suspect he’s chasing rabbits—or better yet, cats.
But I’m not talking about those kinds of dreams. Nor am I talking about those run-of-the mill dreams that you get almost every night—some of them goofy and random, some bizarre and nightmarish, some that recycle periodically in your subconscious, revealing much about your fears and insecurities, like running but never getting anywhere, or falling but never hitting bottom, or being in front of a crowd and suddenly realizing you’re stark naked—with nowhere to hide.
The kind of dreaming I’m talking about is envisioning a better tomorrow, a successful future, or a life of significance and impact. God has given mankind alone the ability to dream—and that includes you! And I suspect that somewhere, perhaps buried deep inside you, is a dream for a fantastic future.
But your dream doesn’t even come close to the fulfillment God has in mind for you. Abraham had dreams, but what God had in mind was far more expansive than this old man could have ever imagined. Abraham wanted a home; God had in mind a whole land—the land of promise. Abraham wanted a child; God had in mind a nation—and not just any old nation, it would be the people of God. Abraham wanted to make a name for himself; God had in mind to bless the entire earth through Abraham’s life.
God’s vision was far bigger and better than Abraham could have ever dreamed. I suspect that’s true for you too! So why don’t you dust off those dreams and bring them back before the Father who gave them to you. Henry David Thoreau wrote,
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”
If God has given you a dream, this may be the best time to start on that foundation, because now just may be the time he wants to build them into a fantastic reality. Just remember, as the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20,
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”