On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome back Kristine Brown to God-sized Dreams. She reminds us that not all dreams have to be the same. Thanks for being here today, Kristine!
Everywhere I turn these days, I see big dreams…
Dreams to end poverty in third-world countries.
Dreams to give every unwanted child a home.
Dreams to stop human-trafficking.
Dreams to provide every woman with hope for a brighter future.
And behind every big dream lives a big dreamer, a woman who has grasped the dream God placed in her heart and determined to live it out. God loves big dreamers, and He honors those who commit their dreams to Him. As Jesus followers we’ve learned to embrace that familiar phrase, “Nothing is too big for our God.”
But what if my dream isn’t as big as hers? I once attended a Bible study where a group of eager women shared their dreams with one another. One by one, each person poured out her once-hidden dream, hoping other women would catch her enthusiasm. I watched complacent faces come alive that day. Because when we talk about the passion God put inside us, we feel the presence of His Spirit.
With all the excitement stirring in the room, I didn’t expect to see one woman in the corner with disappointed eyes pointing to the floor. The group leader, also sensing her burden, asked the woman what was wrong. This was her reply.
“But what if I don’t want to go on a mission trip to a third-world country? Is there something wrong with me if I’m happy where I am? I want to be a mommy. That’s my dream.”
Let me encourage you today, sweet sister. Your dream is just as important to God as hers. (<====Tweet this.)
“…but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.”
Psalm 66:19 (NIV)
God designed each of us with a specific purpose in mind. Our dreams may seem small when sized-up next to someone else’s, but we must remember this. God doesn’t measure dreams by human standards. The story of Manoah’s wife gives us a perfect example. Manoah’s wife was barren, but an angel came to visit her with some specific instructions to follow.
“The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb…”
Talk about monotonous! God’s plan for her life seemed lackluster at best. Her job was to simply submit to the daily tasks of motherhood, taking great care to follow the angel’s instructions. But that wasn’t the whole story. Verse 5 ends with this remarkable promise for her son’s future.
“He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” (v.5)
Her son Samson would grow up to play an important role in the history of God’s people, yet we don’t even know her name. I wonder if Manoah’s wife ever felt that her dream paled in comparison to other dreams. We may not have the answer to this, but we do know she faithfully walked out God’s purpose for her life, grasping hold of His promise to listen and hear her prayers.
Maybe you desire to teach a Sunday school class or coach your daughter’s little league team. Maybe you want to go back to school and finish your degree. Whatever the case, know that God is even more passionate about your dream than you are. He created it, and He created you to fulfill it. (<====Tweet this.)
Grasp hold of this promise today. Your dream is important to God.
Photo Credit: Scott Akerman (Some changes made.)
Kristine Brown is a writer, speaker, and English teacher. She shares a message of contentment over comparison, and her desire is to encourage positive spiritual growth in women of all ages. When she’s not experimenting with a new recipe for the crock pot, she can be found planning outreach events at the local community center. Kristine shares weekly devotions, inspiration, and humorous stories on her blog. She lives in Texas with her outgoing teenage son and her supportive husband who actually likes doing the dishes. You can also keep up with her on Facebook.
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