Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Dreams by Langston Hughes
Dreams is one of the first poems I memorized as child. No one asked me to memorize it. I didn’t do it as part of a school play or church program. I just liked the poem. It resonated with me and I never forgot it. Odd, huh? It’s not the stuff that little girls jump rope to. Dreams reads like a warning that so happens to rhyme. Like a deathbed monologue.
Do you still dream? I’m not talking about the dancing pictures in your mind once you’ve entered the coveted REM zone of sleep, but the dreams that loose your imagination and awaken your heart; the stuff that dares you to want something bigger than what seems possible.
Did you ever want to be a fireman? Astronaut? A Veterinarian? Did you want to travel the world for a year, or to be a missionary? Start a school?
What happened? I can guess the answer. It’s the result from living in a culture of limitations. Limitations defined by who our parents are. Where we went to school. If we went to school. Limitations that we put on ourselves: Too many responsibilities and obligations. Too old to start now. Single parent. Parents wouldn’t approve. It’s not the right time. It would be selfish of me…
We’ve been trained to be realistic, logical and practical. And yet all this realism, logic and the need to be practical is choking the life out of us. Many of us have not only stopped dreaming, but we can barely remember our dreams of past. We’re looking at the world through eyes that seldom gleam. We move about like a scene out of the Lego’s movie- doing the same thing, going to the same job, eating at the same restaurants, day after day. Everything appears to be okay- to be in order. The world sees you laughing and enjoying life; the life that you “fell” into; the life you made because of “circumstances”, not the one you created for yourself. Not the life God purposed for you.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 NLV
Did you know God is a dreamer? Yep! He dreams big, too! He loosed His imagination and established the oceans and the seasons. The Father in Heaven displays His limitless creative spirit through His creations like children, the eagle, and soothing hot springs that seemingly “spring” up in the middle of nowhere. We see His playfulness every time we gaze upon the Big and Small Dipper or Orion. God dreamed of having a family, and so, He created you. And when things took a left turn in the Garden of Eden, He dreamed up a bold plan to redeem us.
God has dreams for you.
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthian 2:9 KJV
God invites us to dream big with him. The dreams you abandoned- for one reason or another- He gave them to you. He placed them in your heart and invited you to trust Him in bringing it to fruition.
Your unattended dream is the source of your ache; of many of your frustrations.
The dreams that God has placed in our hearts isn’t about getting more stuff or attaining another title. It’s about walking into your purpose; embracing who He has created you to be. But Jesus knows your story…better than you. He knows that life happened to you. He knows the day, the hour and the ‘why’ when you gave up on a dream. Jesus understands the “circumstances”, the obstacles, the fears. BUT, (I love this part) He’s the Repairers of the Breach; the Restorer of streets to Dwell in (Isaiah 58:12).
A Song of Ascents. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Psalm 126:1 ESV
The Psalm highlights the joy of the Jews when Cyrus freed them – after years of captivity to return to their own land, and rebuild their city and temple. From multiplied troubles, from depression of spirit, from miserable backsliding, from grievous doubt, they were emancipated and could “scarce credit their senses.”
The same God back then is the same God today. Your God wants to emancipate you from your Lego’s Life. Your Father wants to free you from your excuses and circumstance. He wants you to trust Him with the dreams He gave you. Jesus wants you to live on and in purpose; to live in color. He wants you dream with Him. TODAY. Here are a few good reasons to start — today.
Four (4) Reasons to Hold Fast to your Dreams
1. A Smile from God. Your God-given dreams connect you to God. He takes great delight when you trust Him.
The Lord delights in those who fear (reverence) Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. Psalm 147:11
2. Your True Calling. You find what everyone else is searching for when you hold to your dreams. Your God-dreams place you in the path of your purpose, the place where your fire is ignited.
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:
3. Come One, Come All! When you shake the excuses and circumstances and move in the direction of your dreams, you subconsciously give others permission to dream, too.
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:12
4. Create a New Normal. Dusting off your dreams or discovering new ones can change the trajectory of your family for generations to come.
For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself. Acts 2:39 ESV
In 10 words or less, what kept you from going after a dream? Share with us in the comment section below.
SCRIPTURE(S) REFERENCED ABOVE
Isaiah 58:12 ESV – And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in.
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