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Expecting a Dream

Expecting a Dream

What happens when your mind is dead set on expecting a dream?

You visualize the smiling and congratulatory faces as it comes true.
You hear the cheers of acclaim wildly reverberating in your heart.
You can only imagine how things would change, “If…”

You see it – your heart could finally lay down and rejoice, find relaxation and peace, if only…

This is how it works for me.

My dreams seem to hold the power to be the
Creator and Originator of my present anxious feelings. 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Mt. 7:7

Surely, God loves to hear my prayers,
I think he just doesn’t want to have to lay his eyes on my idols.

So often, I have grabbed on to the future’s potential like a kid trying to grab hold of a cloud. I have tried to hug what was never mine to begin with. I have tried to own what was miles away, as if by continuing to see it and reach it and demand it and cry about it and keep my eyes set on it and daydream about it and talk about it- it will never have the chance to fade away.

But, sometimes it does.

It just vaporates. It just disappears.

And then I am left devastated, demolished and simply agitated
at God for abandoning me.

Does the God of peace intend this turbulence of our hearts?

I realize that in the times I expected big bucks, big cheers and big sensational feelings – I missed my big God. I missed the quiet moment of expecting his comfort, his leading and his power as he tried to guide my heart down a different path. I missed the powerful show of his presence in small ache of my heart as I cried out for “more”- because my eyes were set on “my dream.”

How often do we say, “I’m not looking at you God. I want this!”?

Why does it feel that what we claim, should be ours? Front Seat, I called it!

As if when we do enough “knee-time” God sees exactly how dream-worthy we are. Can’t he see I am doing the “hard time?”

I think God made me a dreamer. Not for my glory, but for his. Not for my wild imaginings, but for his outpourings.

My ways lead to foolery. (Prov. 12:15)
My ways seem right and end in death (Prov. 14:12)
I may chart my course, but the Lord owns my footsteps. (Prov. 16:9)

If God owns the way I head, how can I war against him?

Ask not – what are my dreams, ask what are his dreams – for me?

His will will be done, no matter how much I hold “my will” hostage, saying “you’re not going anywhere.” And, even if my will is permitted, in the end my heart will suffer the damage.

God loves us. He loves our dreams. He loves our passion. Even more, he loves our heart.

May the internal knitting of our dreams always be stitched up tight into the fabric of his love, his grace and his power. May the patches of our hope link together solely through the power of his Spirit in us. May our ears be inclined to listen and our eyes be inclined to see – his paths, his heart to love and his example of death when he desired life.

The paths of humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Ja. 4:6

Where do you want us to go God? Not our will, but your will (truly, honestly, hopefully) be done. We know, by our own power we will fall straight down and bruise our knee. We can’t get out of ourself, but with you – and your example of Jesus – we can get back up again and walk towards your purposes by your Spirit that removes the old us, from the new us. Amen.

the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Ps. 147:11

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Kelly, a fun-loving, active and spunky mom of two rambunctious toddlers, spends her days pushing swings, changing diapers and pursuing the Lord with all her heart. Called a "Cheerleader of Faith", Kelly's greatest desire is to help women live passionately, purposefully and unencumbered for the Lord.

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  • Howdy neighbor! Again, I think we must blog and link at the same time roughly on early Friday mornings! 🙂 I liked this post and I sympathize with those SAME feelings. I often what what I want, and sometimes I leave God out of my planning. I am working on seeing those idols of performance in my life, and redirecting my heart and actions to worship and listen to Our Father. May you have a faith filled Friday, sanctified Saturday, and sweet Sabbath. Jenn

    • I agree Jenn. We must. We are early risers. I know the other early risers too because I always see them popping up at the same time. Ha! Yes, may all we do be a big ‘ole worship session for our King.

  • Hello Kelly, dreams are powerful and of course achiveable when we set our eyes on the “Dream- Giver”, God Himself.
    God Bless your heart and enjoy the weekend

  • Oh Kelly, your words echo loudly today…because of the TRUTH in them.

    And a big ole momma hug cuz I also hear some personal pain in them. That hurts me to see for you. And I care .

    Thanks also for reminding me to seek His will versus my own way. Hugs! Susan

  • Love this: “I think God made me a dreamer. Not for my glory, but for his. Not for my wild imaginings, but for his outpourings.” I hope that my dreams will glorify Him. Those are the only dreams I want to have too. Thanks for sharing.

  • This is a big eye opener for me. I came home last night in tears about a “dream” that I knew just wouldn’t happen and it’s because it was never mine to begin with. Yet sometimes we’re just so dead set on our ways we miss hearing God’s voice. Thank you for this post Kelly. I know God used your words to speak into my heart.

    • I am always so touched at how God uses just the right word to speak to just the right person at just the right time. I praise God, with all my heart that it is you Crystal. Hold tight to these truths and shove out any lies that come to make you feel purposeless, passionless or promiseless. Much love sweet Crystal.

  • Good words for big dreamers Kelly. It is good to dream with the correct perspective. With an eternal perspective, we are never disappointed. I loved this post, love you.

  • Letting God be in charge is a matter of releasing it all to Him, even in our dreaming. He loves us right now and right here and as we dream for the glory, I pray that it is His glory that we ultimately are dreaming of. Blessed to have you at The Weekend Brew. Your words are a treasure.

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