She splashed around the pool, princess kickboard in hand, two plastic mermaid dolls perched on top.
I watched, smiling, as her three-year-old imagination took off, and soon she and her friends were sailing away for the adventure of a lifetime. Yes, my toddler hasn’t yet figured out that mermaids can’t survive on a boat.
Ssshhh…don’t tell her.
A few minutes into the dialogue — the part that goes beyond her usual, tell-me-about-your-day — she delves into the dreams.
Let’s all sail around the world together! It will be an adventure!
And I continued to watch with what was probably the goofiest smile ever plastered on my face.
Her three-year-old dreams…they were So. Big.
Yet, in her mind, the So. Big. translated to the Completely. Possible.
Oh, the lessons I can take away from an afternoon spent in the pool with my sweet daughter. She was convinced at the time that she could sail the world with those two mermaids if she wanted, and nothing would stand in their way.
A dreamer too, I was so like my daughter as a child.
I’ve had dreams brewing in my heart for as long as I can remember … ones that reached oceans beyond my small town. And, in my young mind, there was no reason they wouldn’t happen.
All of them, probably.
Those lies of the enemy, they took over.
And I let them.
For a long time, I was scared to dream the big stuff … anything I couldn’t see.
And so when He started to make those dreams come true — almost without me even asking — the fire inside my heart lit again. (<===Click to tweet!)
A mission trip to Peru. Marrying a man who shares my passion for travel and sharing Jesus. Adventures like exploring Central America and South Africa. Five years of living and loving Indonesia. Coming “home” to a new community. The blessing of a sweet daughter to raise. Words that became a blog and are becoming a book. Sharing my heart.
All. Beautiful. Dreams.
Some finished, some still being dreamed…some scattered and everywhere, but still beautiful.
My Father knew how much my dreams were all over the map…and He allowed them to become reality, showing me that even in this crazy, great big world, they could still happen.
Sometimes … no, often … I stand amazed at what He’s done in my life.
He took the heart of a girl who wanted so badly to see the world, and in a way that only He could, made it happen.
And what amazes me is that because some of those dreams have become reality, I feel brave enough to keep dreaming.
Well, most days.
My dreams don’t all include traveling to the far ends of the earth anymore. Oh, some of them still do…the ones where I picture what it will be like to take my little girl back to the country that holds five years of my life and a precious corner of my heart forever. And there’s that piece of my heart that’s dreamed beyond the mountains and green of Indonesia and gone to the shores of West Africa.
But what He has taught my restless, emotional, must-go-everywhere-preferably-today, heart is this: It’s okay to be still. To just be and enjoy what He calls me to do each day.
I know, from a lot of experience, that the calling He’s placed on my life and in my heart is something that can change and change often.
He reminds me each day, even when dreams spin my brain and scatter the world, that
However He chooses.
Dream away, sweet friends…He’s got you, and He’s got your dreams, no matter what they look like…and no matter how BIG they are!
What dreams are brewing in your heart today? How can we cheer for you?
Shared by: Mel Schroeder
Photo credit: Nicolas Raymond
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