A year and a half ago, my family brought home my two precious Chinese sisters. Their adoption was completed and they were officially part of our family. But this didn’t happen because we made it happen. About a year before we began their adoption, we had been adopting another little girl, but this adoption fell through. After we lost her, my parents showed tremendous trust and gave their dream of adoption to God. Because of their surrender of this huge dream, He has since blessed our family with three beautiful adopted children.
When you give your dreams to God, big things will happen.
Giving God Your Dream
Most of us have a dream. Maybe we want to get into the college of our dreams or marry the guy of our dreams. Maybe you want to be a doctor or a writer or a musician. What do you do with these dreams? Have you given God control of them?
Giving God control of our dreams is really hard for most of us. We might feel like we lose a sense of control – and in some ways, we should. We want to be in the driver’s seat of our life and take the roads we think are best, but hindsight is 20/20. We only see our past and present, but we have no knowledge of what might happen tomorrow.
Check out what Paul says about God in Ephesians 3.20: “Now to him who
is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” You might have big dreams, but God’s are even bigger. When you give God your dreams, you’re acknowledging His power to fulfill them in a huge and unimaginable way.
Don’t Despise Small Beginnings
In the book of Zechariah, God spoke to Zechariah in the form of several visions. This book is full of Messianic prophecy and hope for God’s people. In chapter 4 and verse 10, God says, “For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice…” In the context, God is talking about His people rebuilding the temple. Someone had to lay the foundation. You always have to start somewhere. If your dream is to go to a prestigious college, you have to graduate high school with great grades first. If you want to be a writer, you might have to go through a lot of publishers before you’re accepted.
As we talked about before, God is going to fulfill your dream (as long as it’s in His will for your life) in a way that is far above what you could have dreamed. Your small beginnings are just that – the beginning. When you give God control of your big dreams, He will turn it into something beautiful that will bring Him glory.
Trust and Obey
Last Sunday in worship, we sang the hymn “Trust and Obey.” Having grown up in the church, I’ve heard this song dozens of times. But I had been thinking about dreaming big and giving God control that day, and I noticed something in that hymn I hadn’t noticed before. “What He says we will do, where He sends we will go. Never fear, only trust and obey.”
As Christians, we have to be willing to go where God sends us. Your big dream just might be God’s way of using you as His shining light. But you have to completely trust Him, without fear or doubt, in order to be the most effective.
So today I challenge you to dream big, and let God take over. Let Him guide you through your journey to fulfilling your dream, and I guarantee that you will be amazed at what He will do.