“What do you want?”
A speaker at a recent conference posed the question while speaking on God-sized dreams. She asked, “What are your dreams?”After reflecting on this question, I came up with my answer:
I had forgotten how to dream.
Many times throughout my life, I dreamed big. Because those dreams were not in God’s will, He closed the door on them. After many years of forcing those doors open, I squashed my dreams.
One such dream came in choosing my professional career. Because I had a heart to help the wounded and broken, I believed I was supposed to pursue a counseling career. I spent thousands of dollars and hours of time in fervent study and received my masters in counseling. I began to search for jobs in the field, but to no avail.
One day, a fellow church member said, “I’ve done counseling for over twenty years. I have some advice for you. If you can do anything other than counseling, do that instead.” I was crushed. God said no to my dreams.
Or did He?
Over time, I felt called to pursue another interest of mine: writing. I realized that God had not killed my dream to counsel, but remolded and reshaped it into something more amazing than I could have ever imagined. That day at the conference, God asked me “What do you want?” In that moment, I saw God as “Daddy” who receives joy when He gives His children what they want.
Have you squashed your dreams because you thought God was closing the door on them? Is it possible He was simply reshaping your dreams to align with His will?
Matthew 7:8-11 says, “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?”
God is the author of our dreams. The paradox of the Christian life results when we yield our hearts and dreams to Him and allow His dreams to become our dreams. God yearns to grant us the desires of our hearts.
It was not enough to dream, but to speak those desires into reality. After the speaker concluded her session, I went forward with tears in my eyes, deeply impacted by the session’s content. As I sobbed through my words, I told the speaker my dreams, and she prayed with me and spoke encouragement into my life. She also told me to contact her if any of the dreams we prayed about became a reality.
Voicing my dream publicly helped solidify it in my heart and make it my own. Now, I couldn’t hide and hope it worked out. I had to take the necessary steps and trust that God would do the rest.
What Are Your God Sized Dreams?
Here are some suggestions for you to discover the dreams God may envision for your life:
- Take a moment and brainstorm your “God sized dreams.”
- Fold a piece of paper in half and list “small dreams” in one column and “God sized dreams” in the other.
- Jot down whatever comes to mind.
- Find someone whom you trust to speak your dream into being.
- Ask them to pray with and for you regarding these dreams.
God wants to bless you with good gifts. He just wants you to ask Him for them.
Lord, help us to never stop dreaming. Reveal your dreams to us. Give us boldness to embrace those dreams and speak our dreams into reality. Provide people to help us keep accountable to these dreams. Amen.
Michelle S. Lazurek has been a pastor’s wife for over twelve years and is the author of Becoming the Disciple Whom Jesus Loved: Discover Your Character In God’s Love Story (Winepress Publishing, October, 2011). You may visit her website, her website www.michellelazurek.com, and her blog, The Writers’ Tapestry: Where Writing and Life Intertwine, at www.mslazurek.wordpress.com.