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Chasing God-sized Dreams

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Hi friend!

Is there a dream burning inside you? Is it safely harbored in your heart or has it been tossed against the rocks? Do you struggle to know what to do with it? 

Let’s be honest here. Dreams inspire but they can also be frightening. Just the slightest thought of chasing after them makes us feel exposed and vulnerable. Our knees tremble. They can usher in undeniable certainty of being oh so unqualified to pursue them. 

Sometimes it’s easier to stop believing in the possibilities held within the dream – or to think such a dream could be meant for us. 

Big ideas and aspirations take immense courage. 

Particularly when they are God-sized dreams.

Chasing a Dream

My husband and I have been chasing a dream. It’s a giant dream . . . way beyond our realm of experience and expertise. 

I can still remember the conversation over the tops of our kids’ heads while eating pizza at Minzky’s – fifteen years ago. There was this feeling . . . this knowing.

God had something for us to do together as husband and wife. Something completely different than we had ever done before. Down a road we couldn’t even imagine. His plan. His ways. Someday. 

And the agonizing ache of a dream waiting to be brought to life. My personal conviction God was pulling me toward something. Somewhere. Someday. Asking (no begging) him to reveal it. And me waiting – for years. And the waiting sometimes got ugly and whiny. 

Then nine years later . . . the God-inspired prayer. I was so unsuspecting as the question formed in my head. And shocked as the outpouring of his answer rolled over me. Like I had just pushed some secret button. The heavens opening up. Ideas pouring out. 

Circling the wagons around families. Yes. God’s heart bleeding for the family. Wanting us to develop a family ranch where families can reengage and create life-long, life-changing memories. A place where we do our part in our little corner of the world to love families and build families that last.

A giant vision. Much too big for us.

We aren’t farmers or ranchers. No yee-haws here. Period.

That dream got typed up and shut away in a computer file for six years.

The dream is now out of the box and into the here and now – 15 years after our dinner at Minzky’s.

Scary, unnerving, exhilarating, exhausting, risky, fulfilling. Each day, we step forward moving to the rhythm of God’s lead. He has consistently provided what we need. So evident and faithful as we face our giant of a dream.

Trusting God With the Dream

God recently reminded me of the story that unfolded at Kadesh-Barnea. The story of Joshua and Caleb and ten ordinary men sent on a mission to investigate the new land God had promised to give to the Israelites.

The dream of the Promised Land had been around for generations – ever since God promised it to Abraham.

Abraham. Isaac. Jacob. Jacob’s sons who formed the Israelite nation. The nation moving to Egypt during the famine. Settling there. Increasing there. Their population increasing so much Pharaoh became terrified and forced them into slavery – for 400 years! God sent Moses to lead them out of slavery. Now they stood at the threshold of the realization of the dream. Finally!

And what did they do?

40 days after going into the Promised Land, ten spies came back scared out of their minds saying the Israelites would not have the ability to take possession of the land. Giants lived there. The spies were little grasshoppers in comparison. 

Two spies, Caleb and Joshua, shared a different story. A confident perspective. A brave disposition. “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.” I love the “by all means” and “for we will surely.”

Their conviction: We can do this because God has called us to this and he is with us.

You Can Do This!

Friend, aspirations and goals can look very much like giants. 

If God has given you a larger than life aspiration, goal, or calling, there is no need to cower like the ten spies. 

If God has called you, he will be with you. If he is with you, who can be against you? (Romans 8:31)

Listen to God’s words to Joshua as he prepared to face the giants in the Promised Land.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Oh dreamer fair, you can do this because God has called you to this and he is with you.

Why “Too Big” Dreams are Good

Let me remind you of something else my brave friend. 

There are reasons a “too big” dream is good.

“Too big” makes us clingy dependent on God – not on self. This makes beyond the ordinary things possible. 

“Too big” means God gets the glory. There is no other explanation but God alone. His goodness shining to the wide world in an unexpected way. A way unique to you and the dream he has for your life.

“Too big” builds steadfast faith as he provides what is necessary at the most opportune times . . . evidencing himself as you follow his call.

“Too big” ushers in wonder and intimacy through amazing opportunities to see, experience, and know God in new and deliriously satisfying ways. It’s dancing in the rain with a grin stuck on your face kind of stuff.

Don’t let the dream die. Chase the dream God has given you!

You can do this because God has called you to this and he is with you.

Believing in his goodness . . . delighting in him,

Lisa

 

 

 

10 Comments

  1. Stacy Record says:

    Thanks Lisa. Great article. So happy for you and Mike.

  2. Kim says:

    Perfect timing! Thanks for so eloquently explaining this concept, Lisa! Good luck to you and Mike.

  3. Jim & Karyl says:

    Karyl brought this one to my attention this morning – great article, Lisa. You describe in words the emotions that all who “dare” to explore and pursue those dreams laid on their hearts by God will likely encounter, while offering personal testimony to what that can look like, and feel like, and be like. May your words be encouragement to all who are afraid of the water from one who has jumped into the pool! God Bless and Thanks for sharing.

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart and your dream with us. Beautifully said!

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