Should Christians have dreams?
That was a question asked at the Beauty for Ashes conference recently and it has played on my mind ever since. My heart’s cry was “Yes!” but it occurred to me that once, not too long ago, I was someone who didn’t have dreams.
I have realised that for some people, having faced multiple disappointments, it may just be safer to have no dreams.
For me, the fear of being let down or hurt made it easier not to dream. I used to be so afraid of what the future might bring that I never thought about the possibilities of the future. It was enough, just to live day to day—surviving—never wanting anything more.
Not having a dream was safer in a sense.
I also realised that some people have never considered that there could be more in this life for them. I was like that too—here on earth, waiting for heaven—and THAT was life.
The thought that God would want to bless me with something more never occurred to me. I just never thought of myself as deserving anything more than my “lot in life”.
Dreams were for other people better than me
One day three women were praying for me. I was tired of being afraid. Fear was ruling my life and I had asked for prayer that God would enable me to step out of a life of fear.
After a while, they set a tissue box down on the floor and asked me: “Are you ready to step out of being afraid and into a new life with God?”
“Yes,” I said.
But as I looked down at the symbolic tissue box, everything I had been afraid of for the last few years washed over me. As I took that step over the “line” my own fearful heart whispered to the Lord: “What could happen now? Now that I have taken this step?”
Quick as a flash I heard the Lord say: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet . . . b-b-b-Baby . . . you ain’t seen nothin’ yet” to the tune of the rock song written by Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Well, that is the only part of the song I heard, but I knew in my heart that the Lord was speaking to me about a recent verse I had memorised: 1 Corinthians 2:9:
‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ –
the things God has prepared for those who love him –
I loved the Lord and He wanted me to understand that I could not even begin to imagine the life I would experience if I would trust Him.
Jesus himself, speaking about the reason why He had come to earth, said:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10
Or as the King James version says:
. . . that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.
Not only did Jesus make provision for life, but it begins immediately—a life that is richer and fuller—a life which we might have if we embrace it by faith, trusting in Jesus for that abundance.
Based on these verses, I now dream, for no matter what I dream, God says: “There is more.”
The only requirement to dreams is to entrust them to the Lord.
He is the only one who can bring them to fulfillment.
Sure, some of my dreams are a little over the top, and perhaps selfish, and some I think will never come about, but it is important to dream.
Over time, God clarifies dreams as you spend time in the Word and in His presence.
Dreams are the foundation for vision and purpose for life and God births dreams inside of us
However, I did find that I needed to wake up my imagination. See, when you have not had dreams for a while, the imagination is out of practice.
Speaking to people who had previously worshiped idols and had seen their dreams come to naught, Isaiah tells them to:
Lift your eyes and look to the heavens; who created all of these?” He who “brings out the starry hosts” and “calls them each by name. – Isaiah 40:26
Isaiah wanted them to look to nature and see God revealed there and start to imagine.
If He can do that by “His great power and mighty strength,” what could He do in your life?
Perhaps you haven’t had dreams for a while. Then it is time to start. As someone once told me: “Put a stiletto in your imagination and start dreaming!”