Every year I write and reflect about my dreams and desires. It is no secret that I am a dreamer and a bit of a mystic at times. I like to think big without the practicality at times. Maybe you are a bit like me and you can imagine your future looking bright, despite all the challenges life has thrown at you. It does not get you down for too long because you know that the plan God has for you is favored and only for you to prosper.
What if you do not believe that? What if your life has been nothing but challenge after challenge and it is hard to keep your head above water never mind dreaming. Some of you reading this have possibly put your dreams on a shelf and you are too scared to look at it again because you are afraid that the dream or desire is too far gone now to actually be a reality.
I have been there before, even though my outlook on life is generally positive, I have had my moments where I have felt like what is the point in even having goals or desires? What I have realized with dreaming big is that if we can accomplish our dreams on our own or in our own strength then we are not dreaming big enough. The risk in that way of thinking is that I am going to need to put my trust in something bigger than myself. It is scary because we want to be in control of our futures and we want to have a deadline for when our dreams need to come true and when they don’t happen in the time we want we think that God has forgotten us.
When I was nineteen I had a dream about this house I would live in one day. I saw the house in detail and as soon as I woke up from that dream I drew the house and it is the most beautiful house ever, not because it is Huge or fancy but because it is so me in every way. Every detail of the layout is exactly what I have ever wanted for a home. It has been 10 years since I have had that dream and the house has not changed at all and the memory has only become stronger.
I am not living in that house YET but I know that I will when the time is right.
These are a few things I have learned in waiting for your dream to come true:
1: Where is that dream or desire coming from?
I know it may seem super deep and spiritual but hear me out for a second, If the dream you have in your heart comes from God then you can have the confidence that it will happen. God can not lie and he is for you and only wants the best for you. If it is a fleshly desire then it’s most likely that over time you will lose interest in that dream because it was not based on purpose and an internal perspective.
2: Just because you have a dream today does not mean it will come true tomorrow, next month or even next year.
Have patience, sometimes your dream has to develop in order for it to really flourish at the right time. Eg: My vision for the house I want to live in one day is to have people over all the time. I want to own my own guest lodge where people can come and feel at home. In order for that to happen it may mean that before I get the house I need to start practicing hospitality now. Which is why me and my husband love having people stay at our house. We want to be known as people who love others and give people a sense of home when they walk through our doors. Even though I am not living in that house now my spirit is living there. Don’t just wait for your dream to come, maybe there are practical steps you need to take in order for your dream to come true. God gives us dreams and desires not only because he loves us but also to build our character.
3: Remind God about the dream he has given you.
Every year I draw my house, that same house I dreamt of 10 years ago and I write in my journal a prayer of thanks to God for that house he has promised me and my family. What if you did the same thing with your dreams? What if every now and then you just had a chat with God just to let him know that you have not forgotten the dream that he put in your heart. Not only does it show God that it really means so much to you but it keeps your spirit hopeful.
A few months ago we were told we need to be out of our flat we are living in by November this year. Needless to say it put a bit of stress on us but there was one thing I did know and that was that if God promised me my dream house all those years ago he was not going to stop providing for me in the interim. I am very happy and excited to say that we have found a place to stay and we are moving into our new home in October. God is good.
Once we are moved in I will do a house tour. Is that something you guys would want to see. Let me know in the comments section.
So to end off, whatever you do, don’t give up on your dreams. It will come to pass!