I am a dreamer. I get lost in my thoughts and imagine a world with no problems. My dreaming easily fills my days if I let it. But dreaming goes beyond white, puffy cloud musings on a summer day or making a wish as I blow out the candles on my birthday cake.
Dreams are not just “could be” happenings when the stars align. Or pipe dreams that never get farther than the drawing board. Our dreams are also goals waiting to break into reality. Or hopes that turn into actuality with hard work and belief in oneself.
As a child, I had two big dreams for my future – become a teacher and get married. Both came true! But the truth lies in the story of “me” that God wrote chapter by chapter even before I was born.
God’s story does not always look like the dreams of our afternoon imaginings. Sometimes a dream, like becoming a teacher, is one that lasts for 30 years. Other times, a dream, like getting married, is a short-lived, matchless chapter I wrote on marriage in my own head.
God’s beautiful plan supersedes the dreams we have conjured up on a summer afternoon. The challenge comes when the hope we placed in our dreams becomes misplaced. Then hope turns into fear and uncertainty of the future. What do we do when the dreamer in us is broken and our future is a blank canvas?
The story of Job tells of brokenness and shattered dreams. The choice he made as he suffered over and over looks like hope rather than despair. His lament for what was became a song for what will be.
My days have passed, my plans are shattered.
Yet the desires of my heart
12 turn night into day;
in the face of the darkness light is near. Job 17:11-12
My story of marriage shattered and with it my childlike dream of love. But like Job, I found hope. My summertime musings turned into truth the day I invited God to take my simple dreams and make them into His beautiful reality. The key to dreaming is accepting God as the keeper and developer of the dreams.
I opened my heart and looked for Jesus in my life. I asked Him “why” questions over and over, and found my answers in Him. In the process, my dreaming didn’t stop, and in the reworking our patient God taught me this…
We nurture dreams when we feed them with hope, purpose and trust.
What begins as a fleeting thought can easily blossom into hope for the future. What looks good on paper may turn into a career that lasts for thirty years. Brokenness is made whole again.
Dreams are the visions we imagine and release to God to mold, shape and grow.
When we let go, God creates amazing beauty. He makes all things beautiful!
He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
9 He provides food for the cattle
and for the young ravens when they call. Psalm 147:8-9
Dreams shatter but God is the healer of brokenness. He loves nothing more than to put the shards of our lives back together again.
Let go, let God and release the hurt. His truth, love and grace is the healing balm we need.
We find truth in dreams when we make God the center of who we are and what we want to become.
Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5
Whether our dreams are child-like or grown up, truth occurs when God takes the chapters of our lives and makes them into a beautiful reality. Brokenness looks like hope and shattered pieces of life turned into a masterpiece when we allow God to be the keeper of our dreams.
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