Dream Again by Moses Lugemye
We were on a bus ride between a couple of towns in Uganda when my wife Erica and our 4-year-old daughter started playing the, “I see,” game. They would take turns describing what they saw outside their window. Naturally, the adults described the beautiful trees and hills they saw. When Téa’s turn came, she came up with some pretty funny things that had us howling with laughter. My favorite was when she said, “I see a tiger doing push-ups.” Our minds have an almost endless ability to take what we know, augment it, and come up with amazing new things! We see this most clearly demonstrated in children and those few fortunate adults who remain dreamers. Most adults, however, have lost this most awesome of gifts because society frowns upon the impractical and celebrates those who conform to the ideas widely accepted by all! Only when an idea becomes a success are dreamers truly celebrated!
Jesus recognized the value of this God-given ability to see beyond what is, to what can be when he declared:
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:16-17 (NIV)
In order to do what God calls us to do we need to see our surroundings not simply as they are but as they could be. While speaking to Jeremiah, God said,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew [a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
This indicates the great prophet was preceded by a thought in the great mind of the Creator! Because we are created in the image of God we have this ability, which is most clearly seen in children. As adults though, with the help of a God, we can tap into His limitless strength to make these dreams come true!
Of course, this doesn’t apply to every crazy thing our minds can conjure up! Everything is ultimately subject to God’s heart. Just like I won’t help my children with a project that would harm themselves and others, God will not help us accomplish selfish dreams.
When we subject our lives to the Creator, we are free to dream big because in the fulfillment of our God-centered dreams others too can find joy.
A great example of this is Joseph. In Genesis 37, he had dreams of being a leader. While that dream greatly benefited him, his family and nation were saved because his dream was fulfilled. Hannah, in 1 Samuel, dreamed of a son. God gave her Samuel who brought joy not only to her, but also to countless others. When we dare to pursue our dream under the leading of our Creator, we are not only blessed but we become a blessing.
What is it in your life that makes you come alive? How can that passion help someone else? It may not be directly. Joseph became second in command in a foreign nation, which led to his family finding refuge there. You may build a great business and use your resources to advance God’s kingdom by going and/or sending others to go! Today I challenge you to reach the deep recesses of your heart and unwrap the silent hopes, give them to the consummate Dreamer, and together build real castles in the sands of everyday life!