When you get to the end of the year and start making goals for the next year, do you wonder if you are dreaming too big?
Do your dreams and goals seem unattainable? Impossible?
Can I encourage you this year to dream big? But dream big with God next year.
God is our Father, and every good thing comes from Him. Our Father is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, and the Creator of the entire Universe. He has unlimited resources. His word says that He delights in blessing us (Psalm 149:4). And He can do more than we could ever think to ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)!
But that doesn’t mean it will always be easy.
I think of how Noah must have felt. He was told by God to build an oversized boat–large enough for he, his family, and an entire community of every species of animal and a mate. He had not experienced rain and couldn’t dare to dream or imagine what would require such an enormous water-tight hotel.
Noah was the object of teasing and taunting by his peers. They must’ve thought he had lost his mind and was wasting his time doing something so unconventional, so huge. When others are jealous of our creative endeavors, and our ability to dream the unimaginable, they attempt to take us down with their words and their deeds.
Sometimes pursuing our dreams leaves us lonely.
How utterly alone Noah must have felt. He chased a dream that God shared only with Him. Even though Noah was God’s chosen for that point in history, I wonder how often he doubted his calling? Doubted whether or not he really heard from God? Perhaps even doubted his sanity? Even in the end, when the rains and the floods came, he had the companionship of his family, his livestock, and God, but he had lost all his friends to the devastating flood.
Noah’s life required not only sacrifice of everything he knew but it also required surrender. He had to surrender his comfort, surrender his reputation, and surrender control. The very act of surrender required faith and trust that all would not be for naught, and that God would be faithful.
Be careful in the pursuing not to be overwhelmed by the individual tasks, and keep in mind the ultimate goal. Don’t be surprised if others can’t see your dream coming to fruition or even mock you for it.
Perhaps most important of all, remember:
What will you dream with God about this coming year?