I don’t know about you but sometimes I ‘wake up’ and find that I’ve stopped dreaming. I’m no longer believing God for all that He wants to give me and life feels a little flat and routine.
I guess we all get caught up in the ‘day to day’ and sometimes we lose focus on what we want beyond what we think needs to happen in the near future. Does that ever happen to you?
You’re a parent who is focused on helping your kids grow up right or the deadlines at work keep your attention fixed on little else. The bills keep piling up and it’s all you can do to keep on top of them or your relationships are falling apart at the seams and you’re scrabbling to keep them together. All of these things can make you lose track of your own dreams because you’re so concentrated on keeping your head above water right now.
The good news is that you’re not alone. All of us go through phases like this. All of us need a reminder and a ‘wake up call’ every now and then.
That’s when God taps us on the shoulder and reminds us of how much more there can be when we stretch our faith and believe Him for greater things. Things beyond the circumstances we see in front of our eyes. Things beyond the current crises we’re dealing with. Things beyond what is keeping us thinking small at the moment.
His Word is full of Him telling us that He has so much more in store for us. Talk about ‘thinking outside the box’ – God doesn’t even see the box!
The oft quoted Jeremiah 29:11 is just the start: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for”. Wow!
And how about the utterly amazing Ephesians 3:20: “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us”
Let that REALLY sink in for a moment.
God has planned for good things to happen in our lives. Things so amazingly good that they go beyond anything we can even ever imagine. Beyond our wildest dreams. Greater than anything we’ve ever desired. OH MY WORD!
AND – it’s His power that is working in us in order to make them happen!
Now that’s put a big fat smile on my face!
So, what can we do with that?
STOP … and take a little time to step out of the immediate situations and give a little attention to these promises.
Take your eyes off the issues surrounding your children right now and ask God to help you to dream about the amazing things He has for them (and for you) as you’re raising them.
Let Him help you to see your work in a whole new light. Beyond the deadlines that loom and the people around you. See the future that He has for you and the way He wants to bless you by making the desires that He’s put in your heart come true.
Lift your eyes off your current financial circumstances and let Him show you how to access His financial system and way of doing things. When you walk in those ways, He’ll be able to activate His abundant supply and you’ll never have to be worried about being short of money again.
Push aside the feelings of hurt, bitterness and despair you have about your relationships and dream with Him about what they look like from His point of view. Let Him show you what they’d look like as He helps you to walk in love, forgiveness and mercy. Let Him show you how to be happy.
Imagine what life would look like if we took God at His word and stretched our faith and believed with Him for the greater things He so badly wants to give us!
We could dare to do amazing things that would blow the socks off the world.
Our kids could grow up healthy and strong in the knowledge of who they are and what they can do, with God.
Our jobs and businesses could be amazingly successful as we listen to the genius who is the Holy Spirit and let Him show us how to really operate in a way that blesses everyone.
We could have finances not only enough for ourselves, but loads left over to give away to others and help them when they’re in a bind. Living in a way where it feels so good to be able to be a generous giver.
Our marriages could be healthy and filled with love, compassion and joy. Our households could be places that we love to come home to – our havens where we’re loved, nurtured and feel safe.
What a wonderful way to live.
So … STOP and take a little time today to dream with God. Let Him show You all that He’s excited to do in, and through, your life. Let Him show you what He has in store for you beyond your current circumstances. Let Him take you along with Him as He gives you a glimpse of all that He wants to do with you.
Let Him stretch your faith and believe Him for greater things.