What have you been dreaming about lately?
Are there dreams that God has deposited in your heart?
There have been many times God stirred a vision in my heart: for my life, my family, my marriage, His calling. Thinking about the dream, praying through it, processing it made me come alive. It stirred a longing in me that is often silenced.
Then something changes.
Life happens, circumstances are difficult, my perspective tells me it’s not worth it to hope. My dreams are too big, too ludicrous – just too much.
It reminds me of the parable of the sower that Jesus told in Luke 8. My dreams become like the seed that fell among thorns.
“The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.” verse 14
What are the thorns suffocating your dreams?
If hope that is seen is not really hope (“if we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it,” Romans 8:24 NLT)……
Why do we allow our dreams to be suffocated?
There is a simple answer.
My main thorn is fear.
Fear drowns hope. It keeps my dreams bound, caged, suffocating.
How do we combat fear?
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18 NIV84)
If God is love, if His love is unfailing and never-ending, why do I fear? Why do I doubt?
When I look to the cross, can I still believe anything is impossible for God?
This thought popped into my head today: I never want to stop dreaming.
I need to find a way to keep my dreams alive, to fight off the thorns that threaten to silence them.
“And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” Luke 8:15
Is fear suffocating your dreams today? What would happen if you received God’s unfailing love?
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
What dream of yours needs to be revived today?