Do you have a dream that you have kept to yourself for quite the while now? That one dream you wish would come true, yet you are not sure if it is what God has meant for you?
I carried a dream in the secret folds of my heart for years. Maybe it was a desire more than a dream, a wishful desire that remained throughout the years, though I rarely spoke about it. It wasn’t because I was ashamed of the dream. It was mainly because I was not sure if it was in God’s plan for my life. I wanted to lead a women’s Bible study, to equip women to pursue a better relationship with God.
I knew it was not a bad desire or dream to have, no. But I was not sure if it was what God had purposed for me, a wretched sinner, to do. Maybe you know exactly what I am talking about. Maybe this is the place you have found yourself in, as well. That quiet dream in the folds of your heart, the one you feel with every beat of your heart — but you are afraid to set out to do, in case it is not God’s will. I know that fear, friend. I know it so well.
Don’t Let Fear Freeze Your Dreams
What I have learned during these years, is that it takes courage to dare to dream. Fear so easily takes our hearts captive. It runs through our veins and freezes our hopes before we even have set out to pursue them. And the worst part is, that we let fear do so. We believe the lies that fear whispers to our soul at night. We think we are not worthy of such a dream that is in our hearts. Our past and our past failures define us, before we even try to set out to see if this is what God would have for us.
But that is never the will of God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)
Our past successes and failures do not matter when we give our lives and our hearts to God. He can use us for His glory, no matter what we have done or where we have been. He can also use others, if we choose to not be part of what He wants to work in our lives and the lives of those around us. God’s glory is not dependant on our skills or talents. Yet, God has given us these beautiful dreams — ones that flourish when we choose to trust God and trust His goodness to us.
Dare To Dream
It has been years since I first dreamed of teaching a women’s Bible study. I have carried this dream with me through so many seasons, the hopeless and hope-filled ones. Now, in this season of changes in life and busy schedules — I sit down with a very small group of girls once every two weeks to study through the book of Ruth. I think we are still a long way off from seeing whether this will bring forth any fruit. Yet I can see that my heart is changing, that this dream has finally come to life, carried by the prayers I prayed over the years, the hopeless and hope-filled ones.
Friend, God has given you this dream for a reason. Whether it is for you to do at some point, or to join someone else’s ministry in prayer — God has given it to you for a reason. It might be that this dream needs to be covered in prayer for years, in the quietness of your heart. Or it might be that all it needs is surrendering to God, both your heart and your life.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)