The thought of silence falling softly when sharing vulnerable pieces of myself leaves me shaking. I almost think that I could endure fingernails on a chalkboard better than a response that sounds like “crickets”. Vulnerability makes it easy for me to wrap my mind around the idea that “no one will ever love your dream the way you do.”
As a child, I shared dreams as if it was a normal part of any conversation. Now I believe the idea that “no one will ever love your dream the way you do” and hold it as my badge of honor. Being an adult, I find I hesitate before sharing my dreams. I begin to run through these questions in my mind:
Will anyone care about my dream? Do they want to hear the desires of my heart? Will they respond in love or totally shoot my dream down before it even gets off the ground?
But part of growing up is allowing yourself the chance to dream. I need to remember dreams are not just for children, but for all of us.
In You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream, Holley Gerth outlines some disclaimers she wishes she would have known before she started dreaming. Chapter 6 outlines all five disclaimers, but I literally sucked in my breath when I read, “You will sometimes feel alone.” I knew Holley was describing me.
Dreaming is an individual activity as you begin the process of visualizing, writing down your thoughts and bringing to life your deepest desires. Naming your dream out loud is a step saved for another day. Because in the naming and claiming you are telling the world (or your best friend) that you believe the dream in your heart is ready to be set free. It is the step that many of us do not end up taking because our dreams are very personal.
No one will ever love your dream the way you do.
Since dreams are so personal, the emotions, vision, and processing occur internally. Others cannot feel the depth to which you feel, but it’s not because they don’t try.
In 2015, I opened my heart to dream about traveling to a new country on a mission trip. When the process started, butterflies wreaked havoc inside my stomach. Then an internal battle of talking myself into it, out of it and into it all in the same breath came next. Finally, with the support of a group of like-minded people surrounding me, I said it out loud for the first time. There is freedom in naming your dream, sharing it and allowing others to encourage you.
This all began in the Fall of 2015. In March 2016, I found myself flying toward Nicaragua with a group of other dreamers from my church. I literally cried when we landed, overwhelmed by the reality of the goodness of God.
During the week-long mission trip, there were many moments that I experienced and processed on my own. The nature of my dream looked different than the others in the group. Time alone actually provided me with the God time I needed to understand all He had done and was doing during the trip.
I learned so much when I allowed myself to dream. The two biggest were …
God was always present. From the tiny seed of an idea to the fruit, it bears when we follow God’s lead, He never leaves our side.
And God cares about it more than we do. The “it” refers to our dream or more fully finding our center in God’s love.
Saying “no one will ever love your dream the way you do” rings true until you remember God always cares.
Holley ends Chapter 6 with this encouragement:
God is always with us, so that means even when it feels like it, we’re never really alone. Sometimes the feeling that we are alone is actually an invitation to stop and recognize his presence with us.
For all of you dreamers out there, dream and dream some more. Let the challenges become markers on the way to your dream. When you feel alone, know God is always present and can’t wait to see you take the next step. Your dream will bear fruit even when your original dream looks different but the result is more than you ever imagined. God is that good! Invite Him to walk this new beginning with you and know He is there by your side.
Shared by Mary Geisen