“A dream is a wish your heart makes
When you're fast asleep
In dreams you lose your heartaches
Whatever you wish for, you keep
Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true”
As little girls we all loved the story of Cinderella. We see an ordinary girl transformed into a princess. Whether we admit it or not on some level all of us guys and girls alike wanted something that the story of Cinderella offered…maybe it was her beauty, maybe it was her fairy god-mother, and maybe it was a pursuer…someone to look high and low for his one true love, maybe it was a very attractive spouse, and maybe just maybe it was a happily ever after escape from the reality of our dysfunctional lives.
Cinderella was passionate about believing in dreams and as I studied the Word this week, I was encouraged that God also wants us to pursue our dreams. However, He doesn't want us to pursue just any dreams, He wants us to pursue the dreams that He has given us.
When you think of the word “dreams” in relation to the Word of God…are there any verses that automatically jump into your head?
Maybe you thought of Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
We are going to to look at not only this verse, but also the surrounding verses. It was in these verses this week that God gave me the encouragement I needed to continue to pursue my dreams. He revealed four action steps we can take daily as we live our lives and pursue our dreams. As you read the following verses, the action steps are bolded (added by me).
3 Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
Before we get into the actions steps, let me first start out by asking, what is your dream? Maybe you know it immediately and maybe you'll have to pray about what it is, either way, knowing your dream is the obvious first step in pursuing your dream.
Now that you have acknowledged your dream, let's look at these four action steps.
1. Trust the Lord. Is this as difficult for you as it is for me? Trust is easy to say, but it is much more difficult to live out. Currently God has given me specific ways to live out my trust in His ability to fulfill my dreams. How is God daily asking you to live our your trust in Him?
2. Delight yourself in the Lord. A huge part of delighting yourself in the Lord is spending time with Him. When we spend time with Him we begin to understand who He is. As we know Him better we will natually be more delighted in Him. Are you consistently getting to know the Lord better? Are you delighted in Him?
3. Commit your way to the Lord. This step seems pretty self-explanitory, but God challenged me this week to not only commit what I am doing to the Lord, but also to actually DO SOMETHING! We can't commit our ways to the Lord if we aren't doing anything to move in the direction of our dreams. So seek the Lord for direction how you can practically take one step toward your dream this week.
4. Be still before the Lord. Sometimes this is the most difficult part. But it is during this stillness that God can truly speak to our hearts. He can reassure us that our dreams are still in line with His dreams for us. He can also quietly encourage us to take the next step or let us know that the timing isn't quite right yet for His next move. It is in this quietness before the Lord that we can experience the intimacy of a private honest conversation with our Maker.
This week as your consider the dreams in your heart, lay them before the Lord. Allow Him the opportunity to encourage you to pursue them, revise them, or to take them away all together. If He does take them away or revise them He will replace them with a dream that beyond all we ask or imagine, and the great thing is HE has the power to make all our dreams come true! (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Please let me know what dreams you are pursuing and how God is challenging you in your pursuit and how He is fulfilling them in a way only He could do! I can't wait to hear from you!
Praise the Lord for Dreams Coming True!
Faith Klein Herrgesell