Sometimes life—the everyday, the mundane, the tedious—can chip away at your dreams. What once seemed possible gets lost in routine; what once brought hope and excitement slaps in the face. Reality turns harsh, a cruel taskmaster demanding more time, vitality, strength. It makes us wonder if the vision is really worth it, really feasible.
I mean, let's face it, dreaming don’t pay the bills. And dreams take time, dreams take work; dreams take commitment and vision to see beyond this moment, this reality. Dreams require faith; dreams require hope.
Dreams demand all the things reality snatches away through the every-day. And it's hard to hold on sometimes. It's difficult to see how any of those things we hold in our hearts--those deep desires, those God-given passions--could ever come to fruition.
I'll share a secret with you. I have a dream about my daughters' service project, The Bundle Up Club. I have dreams of it becoming a real, full-scale, non-profit organization. I have visions of us sharing our blankets and our faith and our Jesus with folks all over the US. It's a big dream, a scary dream, a seemingly impossible dream. I don't know how to make any of that happen. Right now, we don't have the resources for it to happen.
But then I think of Joseph—of all the dreams he had, the ones God was faithful to fulfill—and I realize none of his dreams were dreamt in the place of possibility. All of his dreams were scary, crazy big-- like so straight cray they made everyone around him nervous and uncomfortable and angry, like so big they were completey inconceivable. And all of them came to him in hostile, impractical places, environments of improbability. But that's the thing about dreams--they don't come us in the places they are possible; they come to us in the middle of reality. It falls upon us to decide whether we will pick them up and carry them with us through the land of impossible. Just like Joseph, we have to make a choice: believe the vision or focus solely on what we see.
If we choose to believe, we will pay a price; dreams are expensive. Just as they did for Joseph, they can cost us time, possessions, relationships, status, and opportunity. But, believers who hold onto their dreams always realize them. Joseph went through many ups and downs. After years of unfairness, things were finally looking up and he gained the recognition he deserved. Then, in an instant, a false accusation knocked him all the way back down to the bottom for another years-long stretch of undeserved reality.
But he chose to hold on. He chose to believe. He chose to continue dreaming. And in the end, it was all worth it. Those dreams from the very beginning, those dreams others laughed at and mocked, those crazy, huge, impossible dreams came true. And when they did, he was ready.
God used reality—the imprisonment, the unfairness, the improbable, the unlikely—to prepare him for the fulfillment of his dreams. If his dreams were fulfilled too early, he wouldn't have been ready. But because he was, because he held onto his dreams even in the harshest of reality, because he realized that reality prepares us for (not keeps us away) from our dreams, because he understood that our dreams are our resonsibility to carry until God picks them up to fulfill the order--because God always fulfills His word--he literally saved a whole group of people.
Be encouraged today. Sometimes reality is harsh and unfair, but if God has given you a dream, refuse to give up on it. Make the choice to believe and follow in spite of, no matter how impossible it seems. He works in ways we cannot see or understand. He uses our experiences to prepare us. Remember, God cannot lie. If He said it, He must do it. He is His word. If He has given you a dream, He will fulfill it.
For nothing will be impossible with God. – Luke 1:37 (HCSB)
“I watch over my word to accomplish it.” – Jeremiah 1:12b (HCSB)