“You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown where feet may fall.” — Oceans
I’m sitting on the back deck of a restaurant overlooking the ocean. Orange and scarlet clouds drift toward the waves as music plays in the background. I close my eyes and in that most beautiful of places, that happiest of moments, my heart also feels an ache—a longing I can’t quite name.
Have you ever felt the same?
God-sized dreams make me feel that way too.
They make the veil between heaven and earth feel thinner until it seems we can almost touch the other side.
That’s what every God-sized dream ultimately points our hearts to:
Beyond this world.
Past the suffering.
Into the glory.
We long to be settled where we are, and yet I believe we’re made to live with a bit of longing. I call it “divine discontent.” It’s a restlessness within us that whispers, “You’re not home yet.”
At its best, that longing leads us closer to Jesus. Those aching-happy moments point us to the incompleteness of who we are, of how we live—how even at its very best this life is not enough to fully satisfy us.
Your truest God-sized dream will not happen until you step from this life to the next. (<==== Click to tweet) Every dream until then is just a preview, a shadow of the glory of the One who places those dreams in your heart.
What does this mean? Seek to see him in your God-sized dreams. And realize that even the best, most beautiful dream can’t take his place. Not even if it comes true beyond your wildest imagination. There will always be a part of you that longs for something more.
Rather than resisting this or feeling guilty about it, embrace it. See it for what it is: the wooing of your heart by the One who wants it for all eternity.
He is the longing you can’t name, the desire you can’t satisfy, the whisper in those beautiful moments that dares you to believe “the best is yet to be.”
Because the best really is yet to be. (<==== Click to tweet)
Here at God-sized Dreams, we are partial to the song Oceans, by Hillsong United.
It encapsulates the ideas of facing big struggles, turning to Jesus, and the freedom of resting in His embrace.
Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout this month of May,
we’re going to explore these issues as presented through the lyrics of the song.
All posts in the series can be found on the Oceans page.