Do you feel like God is helping your dreams come to life or do you feel more like maybe he has forgotten all about you and the words he said to you long ago?
It’s hard when we have dreams that we feel like God has placed deep within our hearts but they have not come to fruition yet. I know I have been feeling a bit like that lately and I want to share with you a little something that God showed me.
It says in the bible that God has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11). He has a special plan that is as unique as you are and occasionally we can be blessed to receive words or visions or impressions where God reveals some of that vision to us. The specific dreams and plans he has for our lives. Your life.
These dreams, unfortunately, don’t always come to life overnight though do they?
It could be years, or decades, in some cases, before we see the fullness of what he has actually said to us. During this season we can sometimes wonder whether the promise will ever come to pass and doubt can start to creep in.
I was feeling like this a few weeks ago. Then I tried something a little bit out of my comfort zone at my bible study group that really helped.
God can reveal to you his dreams.
The plans and promises that are specific
and just for you.
…. But then what do we do?
The group I go to decided to do a “worship art” activity. We were given some paper and crayons and encouraged to go sit in a quiet place and spend some time talking to God and ask him to reveal to us a picture about who he is.
Now I am not an artist, so please excuse the ‘basic’ imagery but I thought I’d share with you what I drew and what encouragement it might be able to give us today about our dreams. Especially those that feel like they are lying dormant right now.
It’s no Monet, but hopefully you can see that I have drawn a picture of some plants growing and a watering can is watering them. It probably doesn’t look all that revolutionary, but bear with me a minute as I share with you what it actually means to me.
Each seed represents one of my dreams. Or one of your dreams… the unique promises God has given us. These could be to do with many different areas including marriage, children, vocation or ministry etc.
In the picture you can see that some ‘dreams’ have flourished, and are about to bloom. They will one day soon flower into something beautiful and fruitful for the world to see and be inspired by. People will be pointed to Jesus when then they see it.
But some of the seeds remain dormant under the surface.
The thing I want you to notice is, that even though some of the dreams (seeds) are hidden and we can’t see it yet, they are starting to grow. God is the enriching soil in this picture. He wants you to know that he has our dreams ‘covered’ and is feeding each one with the good stuff it needs to grow (kind of like slow-release fertiliser!) and the seed is beginning to take root.
“For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?”
I imagine I am the person watering the Garden in my drawing. I am watering my dreams. This means I am doing what I can to encourage each seed to flourish. But in the end, I know it is God who ultimately makes them grow (Proverbs 16:9).
The invitation here, is that once we receive a promise, we can be active in the waiting. We don’t just walk away and forget. We stay focused and come back, almost as a daily ritual to “Water our dreams”.
To me, this can mean a variety of things. It means ….
- Praying for the plans God has for us to come to pass “Thy will be done”.
- Going deeper into God’s word.
- Obeying the Holy Spirit when he speaks.
- Creating time and space in our lives for these dreams to flourish.
- Practicing and up-skill certain gifts we have in preparation.
- Surrounding ourselves with people who will encourage us.
- Saying ‘yes’ by stepping out when opportunities arise, and
- saying ‘no’ by setting boundaries to things that are distracting you.
There is so much we can do!
Be active in the waiting.
Keep watering your dreams.
Don’t walk away and forget.
It is beginning to take root!
As we invest thought, time and even finance to “water our dreams” I believe it gives God opportunity also to do his part too and a growth spurt can take place.
Eventually we can start to actually see a glimpse of the first signs of growth! These are, of course, exciting times.
But there is something that is VERY important you need to remember. Seeds need to be continually watered, even after they have started to grow into plants.
Don’t forget to keep on watering your dreams!
If we stop doing our part now, the dream might just shrivel up and die before it has reached its full potential.
Zechariah 10:1a says, “Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain”. In other words, if you can see God is starting to bring things about and it is a season of growth. Don’t relax and stop praying! Keep praying for more so that the fullness of God’s vision (which is normally much larger than our own) can be complete.
What are your ‘God dreams’? Take a moment to think back over your life and try to remember some of the dreams and promises God has given you. Some may have been ‘lying dormant’ a long time! Write a list of all the ones you can think of.
Pray over each of these precious ‘seeds’ God has placed in your heart and ask God what is one step you can take today towards each dream so you can be prepared.
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Thanks so much for joining me in the journey and walking with me a while. I pray God’s blessings on your life and the next steps he is calling you to take.
With love, your sister in Christ,