I have always been somewhat of a dreamer. When I was a child I was very shy and so loved spending time on my own. Much of that time I would just sit or lie down in a quiet place and let my imagination take me to places I couldn’t go physically. I also loved to read, so sometimes I would finish a book and then write the sequel in my head!
As I have come to know God better, I have come to realize that He loves dreamers too. Why else would he say this through the prophet Joel and then repeat it through the apostle Peter?
“Then after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions…” (Joel 3:28 and Acts 2:17)
One of the good things about dreaming is that it takes us from the realm of possibility to that of the impossible. And that is really where God dwells – in the land of impossibilities. Time and time again God reminds us through His Word that the word ‘impossible’ does not really exist for Him. Places like Luke 1:37 – “for nothing is impossible with God”; Jeremiah 32:27 – “I am the Lord God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?”. Once God decrees a thing, it goes from being impossible or never done before, to possible, most certainly.
As I have got older, my dreams have become more ‘realistic’. That kind of takes the impossible out and brings them to a place where – if I work really hard – I can make it happen all by myself. But where does that leave God? One of the reasons God wants me to have impossible dreams is because they guarantee that without Him, those dreams will remain merely dreams. Our Father loves it when we depend on Him. Completely. Wholeheartedly. Nothing causes me to fall on my knees more rapidly than a realization that without God, whatever it is that I am trying to achieve or see happen will remain a fantasy. God loves nothing more than to see His children reach out to Him for help.
More times than I can count, I have said to God in prayer, “I need you so much”. If there was ever a crown for the neediest child in God’s Kingdom, I would be in the running for it. I have apologized in the past to Papa for my neediness, have sometimes wished I didn’t need Him so much. I have come to one conclusion – it’s how He made us. We were designed to be unable to function successfully, to our fullest potential, without Him.
“For in Him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17:28) Surely that covers everything.
I have been reading a book called The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson. God is encouraging me to dream again. To pick up buried dreams and find some new ones. And to make sure they are labelled ‘impossible’. If they are not, then my God is too small. Then He wants me to circle those dreams with prayer. And to pray through. This takes me back to my word for the year – MORE. For this season it is about praying more, persisting more, dreaming more.
I don’t know about you but impossible dreams both excite and frighten me. They excite me when I imagine what it would be like to see those dreams come true. They frighten me because there is the chance that I will be disappointed. What then? Shall I let the ‘what ifs’ shrink me rather than expand me? What if my wildest dreams come true? How about focusing on that instead? Yes there is the danger of being stretched beyond my own capabilities, of disappointment and the inevitable despair that follows. But there is also the knowing that Papa will be so proud of His little girl – for trying.
After all when Peter decided he would walk on water, all Jesus said was ‘come’. And although he started to sink after a while, Jesus was there to rescue Him. So here is my prayer – lyrics from the song Oceans by Hillsong.
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Saviour
Will you join me in this scary and exciting prayer? Let’s see what the Father will do. I would love to hear what you think – leave a comment.