The Courage to Dream


“See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Dreams.  We all have them.  Big dreams and little dreams.  Realistic dreams and far-fetched dreams.  Selfish dreams and altruistic dreams.  Recently, I’ve added in a new category of dreams:  God-sized Dreams.

I am in the middle of reading Holley Gerth’s book, You’re Made for a God-sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You.  I feel I am starting to go after some of my bigger dreams right now and this book is putting a new spin on the idea of dreaming for me.  A quote that stood out to me recently was this:

“Like we talked about before, the “more” you are looking for isn’t in the dream itself.  It’s the Dream Giver.

Each new dream he places in your heart and has you pursue is an opportunity to know him in different way.  Maybe one dream reveals his faithfulness.  Another shows you his strength. Then the next one helps you discover his infinite tenderness.

Dreams also show you more of who you are too.  As you pursue different ones, you stretch, grow and become more of who you’ve always been created to be.  Dreams are a sign you’re gloriously, beautifully awake to life.  Stay that way even when your dream becomes your “new normal.”

Remember how you pursued that dream.

Remember how you longed for it.

Remember that today you are living in the answered prayers and realized hopes of yesterday.

I like this because it shows me a few different things.  For one, there is the idea that God is often the one who gives us our dreams in the first place.  I can doubt this and feel like it is sometimes all about me.  But if I am truly seeking after God in my life, then more often than not these dreams are a sign of His work in my life.

Which reminds me of Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the Lord,  and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Here it says that first comes the “delighting in God” and not until after that happens does God give us “the desires of our hearts.”  I believe this is because not until then will our desires begin to align with His desires for our lives.  I wrote a blog post about my take on this verse here.

Also, pursuing these types of dreams teaches us something more about God and about ourselves.  That, as the first line of the quote suggests, it isn’t so much about achieving our dreams as it is about the journey it takes to get there.  That the goal is really to learn more about God’s character and to see more of who He desires us to become.

Another quote from You’re Made for a God-sized Dream talks about that concept as well:

“Dreams are unpredictable.  We don’t know where they’ll take us, what will happen along the way, or where we’ll wind up in the end.  But in all of that uncertainty, there’s One who is the same “yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8).  He’s the same One who said, “I am doing a new thing” (Isa. 43:19).  What God does in your life will always be changing, always surprising.  Who he is will always remain the same.

That’s what gives us the courage to dream.

Where is the courage to dream coming from in your life?  Is it being manufactured from somewhere deep down within yourself or does it come from the secure knowledge of who God is and what He desires for your life?  Because that is the kind of courage that will last!

Love to Hear Your Thoughts!