I hate dreams. They wake me up at night, put vivid images in my head that make me believe there’s a boogeyman under my bed.
Seriously, people. I know there’s a giant-sized spider just waiting to get me.
But every once in a while, a good dream crops into my subconscious — one that makes me smile in my sleep, lets me know that anything is possible, makes me want to hit the snooze button forever so I don’t have to wake up.
As a writer venturing into the wide unknown of the publishing world, I’m not gonna lie… Dreaming big petrifies me.
Because what if my big dreams make me look like a fool? What if they don’t come true and leave me disillusioned and jaded? Or have me seeing spider-boogeymen around every corner? (I know you’re shuddering with me.)
Or worse yet, what if achieving those dreams means a lifetime of growth pains beyond what I can bear?
Do you see why I hate dreams?
But in the midst of my fear, a small voice whispers,“It’s not up to you, Sarah. Align your dreams to Mine, and I’ll take care of the rest.”
Of course, this doesn’t let me off the hook. I have to do the legwork to obey the calling. But God promises that if I surrender it all to Him…
“He can do anything…—far more than I could ever imagine or guess or request in my wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing me around but by working within me, his Spirit deeply and gently within me.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
Last week, my friend Jessica Patch wrote this on her blog: “Most times, when God gives us a dream, it’ll be bigger than us so we don’t get the glory.”
And in those truths, I can be at rest — smile and trust that anything is possible. Because His power is at work in me.
How about you? Do you let yourself dream big? How would your dreams change if they were fully aligned with God’s? What encouragement do you gain from the words in Ephesians 3:20?
*The photo is of a plaque I found in a shop in Monterey, California. I was at the Books & Such Agency retreat, where the topic of the seminars was “Building the Career of Your Dreams.” Think God was trying to send me a message?