Big dreams. High aspirations. Wanting to do great things. Rah, rah, rah and all that. We all love a good dream story, when someone pursues the impossible or something that seems bigger than life. Yet we can easily lose sight of what it means to have a “God dream.”
A God dream is really God’s plan for our life. Yet oftentimes we mistakenly separate them. We put our dreams into one category and what He has called us to do (on a daily basis) into another. But God doesn’t partition our lives.
Many years ago, when my children were little and I was a stay-at-home mom, I had developed wrong thinking. I wanted to know what God’s dream for my life was…something I separated from what I was called to do, which was to be a stay-at-home mom. In fact, I even referred to myself as “just a mom” at times. But that was God’s dream for me in that season of my life.
Of course, we can’t neglect to mention the story of Joseph when talking about dreams. It’s not completely unrealistic to think he struggled with thoughts of, “I’m just…a shepherd…the little brother…a slave…a prisoner…Potiphar’s attendant…governor of the land” (okay, that one he might have puffed up his chest about). My point is that wherever God called Joseph, it was part of His plan—a God-given dream that would be fulfilled and used in Joseph’s life.
You are not just a mom/dad, a waitress, volunteer, police officer, teacher, retiree, librarian, cashier or nurse. Where God has called you is where He wants to use you—and that is the best God dream.
There is another facet to this whole God dream thing that can happen…discouragement. It can quickly set in if our dream doesn’t come true or it seems that God’s plan for our life isn’t as grand as we’d hoped.
I don’t think Joseph would have ever chosen slavery or prison as part of his God dream. But those were necessary pieces to the bigger picture. Coming to accept His plan for our lives will make the journey much easier. Anger, jealousy and bitterness over our lot in life will distract us from understanding the purpose behind it all. And there is purpose in everything God calls us to—even if we can’t see it in the moment.
Becoming a published author has been a dream of mine for many, many years. It hasn’t happened yet and I don’t know that it ever will…but for now, I’ve come to accept and embrace where He has me right now—writing this post for this blog—regardless of the number of readers or followers.
God has opened other doors with writing in the past. I even made a decent living as a web content writer for a few years. Yet that ended and I found myself back in a career I started off with in my early 20’s, as a secretary. Was becoming a secretary again something I would call a dream for my life? Not necessarily.
I’m also at a place where I don’t have as much freedom as I would have thought, with the children now grown or nearly grown. Instead, I’m helping to raise my granddaughter. Was this what I envisioned for my middle-aged years? Not really. But I have chosen to embrace these things as not only God’s calling on my life but His plan and my God dream.
Don’t separate the call of God on your life from your dream. If He has called you to something, it’s your God dream. Recognize it. Embrace it. Live it.