I have just completed walking through the 30-day devotional ‘Dreaming’ which was released in March of this year. Following the completion of the ‘Dare to Ask’ book, I was led on this crazy adventure of God, of not only making the music that the book is about, but also on a journey of understanding that this journey of ‘Daring to Ask’ is comprised of a journey within itself.
I started reading the ‘Dreaming’ devotional again, and posting each day on my Insta stories, because I felt like I was floundering about in sinking sand and I needed to get back to the sure ground of what I knew God had spoken to me about. It’s also part of my journey, and sometimes it’s good to pull out the ‘pictures’ from our adventures and remember where we’ve come from.
During this experience of taking a fair number of people with me through these 30 days, I had a deep reconnection with the basics of who I am, and what God has spoken to me.
Dreaming is not about wishing ourselves into another life. It’s about thinking outside, and bigger than the constraints of our little world. It’s about finding God in places that are outside of ourselves and our tiny perspective.
When we dream, we are positioning ourselves to be willing to move.
Without dreaming, we are static, stagnant, and we become bitter. We are not designed to wear blinkers and to never move.
Dreaming gives us something to move towards. God may shift our direction, or alter our dream along the way, but He can work with a moving child. He cannot work with a statue. That is not a malleable, workable piece of clay in His hands.
Having things which we dream of means we haven’t given up on growing, changing and being moulded by the Master Potter. We are still hoping for more adventures with Him.
But here’s the key. Our dreams are never for the greatness of us. Dreams from God are never selfish. God isn’t interested in promoting us, He’s interested in us promoting Him. When He makes people ‘great’, it’s because He can trust that that greatness will always point to Him, and not to the person.
It’s always a good test we can do on the dreams we hold dear - what is the point of this dream?
I’ve been challenged about this concept of investing in gifts, talents and passions in the hidden place, and being content with an audience of One. I absolutely stand by this principle.
BUT - what if God seems to indicate that your call and gift is intended for more than just an audience of One? How do I reconcile that?
I think it’s all about identity and security and value. I cannot find any of those things in my audience numbers. Maybe I am destined to have an audience of more than one, but it shouldn’t define me or become my goal. It’s a difficult balance to maintain, as it’s so easy for us to suddenly draw our identity and value from the number of likes, followers, engagements and comments!
What I love about God is that nothing in His kingdom is selfish. He may pour out blessings and favour upon an individual, but it will be both a test on their character as to how they respond to such blessing, and a responsibility on them to be unselfish with it. So while we may ask and pray for more blessing and for the things we dream about, are we really ready to respond correctly to those prayers being answered?
Dreaming should come with a warning. “Warning - don’t get comfortable”! When we dream we are thinking of things that are outside of what we can manufacture in our own strength. We are seeing possibilities that God can make real, and we are essentially asking God to intervene in the trajectory of our lives. And He will, when we’re ready.
But the important thing is to commit to a posture of movement, the willingness to change direction, to move, to think outside of our mundane tiny walls, and to allow God to break in. That is daring to dream, that is pursing our purpose.
Often we settle for so much less than is possible! Through Christian martyrdom we beat ourselves humble into thinking that we are never supposed to amount to anything, so we shouldn’t dream of anything. But I don’t see this reflecting the heart of God! He wants to partner with surrendered lives, who are willing to do anything and are able to think big and expect much from the God who created the universe! He put the passions that we carry in our hearts, on purpose. When we don’t invest in the passions he’s given us, we aren’t stewarding well what He has given us to nurture. This doesn’t mean we fight to grab an audience, it means we invest in our passions in the secret place, so we are ready to be released into the very purpose we were created for.
A passion wasted, is an unfulfilled purpose.
Maybe it’s time that we started to dream again, to use that incredible tool of imagination that God gave us, which children never have a problem using! Maybe it’s time to start expecting God to be able to do things that are outside of our worlds, and bigger than our abilities. Maybe that’s what we need in order to move, to grow, and to be moulded into what He’s always wanted of us.
Maybe it’s time passionately pursue our purpose?