Life often resembles the cycle of the seasons, where time and opportunities, lessons and living are all tumbled together. They meet us whether we feel ready for them or not. Sometimes those early plans and hopes feel like a shadow of what we now know, and because life gets busy we choose practicality over dreaming. We can forget what it means to dream big.
Unbelief limits the God-appointed dreams within your heart and self-doubt distorts the truth of His role in them.
A dreamer is defined as one who dreams, an idealist, a visionary; one who sees what is possible and believes that it can happen. Yet when our focus becomes what we can do instead of what God will do, we are surrounded by a sea of doubt and a unbelief.
Unbelief will stifle a visionary. It can make us forget how to dream because we are exhausted by life. We let fear hold us back from stepping into the shallow edge of possibility, we doubt that we are capable to swim through the deep waves full of the unknown. We measure hope against our circumstances and decide we are simply not enough. We doubt ourselves rather than believe God.
Self-doubt is a thief of grace. It takes what God gives as favor, unmerited and unearned, and alters the view before us. It is a lie that we sell ourselves, a commodity we actually buy repeatedly, so that we can protect the fragile dream we hold inside. The one that longs to be called out, to be impressed and enlisted, for a work that has eternal implications. Because self-doubt tends to limit our ability to dream, we can miss His grace.
When all we see before us, are our own limitations and lack, we let the thief steal those dreams where abundant hope spills faith and fuels goals. (Romans 15:13)
When we choose to believe the impossible is not possible with God, we stop dreaming because we have fixed our view on the temporal rather than the eternal. (Mark 9:23)
When we let our fear of inadequacy reflect upon His complete provision for our lives, we let the dreams that he planted in the secret place become stagnant and still like a boat set adrift on a sea without a crosswind. (Psalm 139:15)
But God calls us to look out over that sea of grace and to dive into His goodness…to dream big with Him.
He is both the compass that directs our path and the creative force that inspires us to dream. Buried deep in the secret place, intricately woven by God, is where our dreams exist. That place where we inhale hope and exhale faith. The waiting place of endless possibilities, where God leads us to navigate our dreams boldly and overcome every storm.
His Word provides a gentle reminder of the way faith overcomes doubt and unbelief and encourages us to keep dreaming. Hebrews 11 is full names and legacies and dreamers who believed God for big things. Each life represents a story and a promise they believed would become a reality, even if they didn’t actually see it. They were credited with faith because they believed in the unbelievable. They were called dreamers but God called them faithful.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.
What if coming to God and dreaming with God required the same kind of faith?
If we come to God, we must believe that He is, and He IS exactly who He says He is.
That is part of our reward, dreamers. It is the inheritance of drawing near to the One who sees our end from our beginning, has engraved our names upon His hands, has given us authority over every work of the enemy, and is greater than the obstacles we face. (Psalm 139:16, Isaiah 49:16, Luke 10:19, and 1 John 4:4)
Where are you letting self-doubt steal those big dreams? Look with eyes of faith, dreamer, and Dream Big with God, today!
Shared by: Dawn Boyer