You’ve been dreaming. You’ve been praying. You’ve been planning and following God’s lead. And finally, after the wait and the work, you experience your God-sized dream.
It’s not a let-down, per se. It’s just that the dream has been your focus for quite a while, and now that you’ve been fortunate enough to experience it, there’s a bit of a void. Maybe you even feel a little lost and not sure what to do next. I get it—I know the feeling.
When we’ve worked toward one focus for a period of time, that’s what we’ve grown used to. It’s the goal we’ve been looking forward to—the God-sized dream that God may or may not bring to pass. When we don’t experience it, it’s still out there in the “maybe someday” category. When we do experience it, we relish in the awesome experience. And then…the question…what’s next?
What comes after the God-sized dream?
This is where I’d love to tell you I have the answer, but I don’t. In fact, I’m right there with you in wondering what’s next? But what I can share are three thoughts I’m keeping in front of me.
Remember where you were and where God took you.
Think back to when you first started to envision your God-sized dream. How did God plant that dream in your heart? How long was it before He fulfilled that dream?
Often during the time of waiting for something, it’s hard to imagine it ever happening. What a blessing it is to be able to look back and see how your dream formed, grew, and finally transpired….and to know it can all happen again, maybe with a dream continued or possibly something completely new you don’t even know about yet.
Ask God what’s next.
Thank Him for the dream realized and ask Him what’s next in His plans for you. In my experience, it’s usually not an immediate or direct answer. Wouldn’t that be nice? But as we ask, we listen expectantly. God does not bring us to a place and then leave us there alone.
Continue to lean in to Him and let Him be the guide. In the meantime, do the next thing in front of you. It might be the next logical thing, such as planning dinner or taking care of your family. Or it could stem from your dream realized, like working to grow the new business or working on the next writing project.
God-sized dreams are not one per customer. Just as He led you before, He will lead you again.
If God seems to be quiet for a time, consider that He may be giving you time to rest. Keep leaning in to Him. Listen expectantly. And wait patiently. In His time, you will hear from Him. You may feel a new dream forming or see clearly the next step you need to take.
And when you can, keep company with fellow God-sized dreamers, either in-person or online. Dreamers understand each other. We know what it’s like to have a dream that you can’t quite identify or explain, or a dream that feels way too big for one person. That’s precisely why it’s a God-sized dream.
Shared by: Laura Rath
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