I don’t put much stock in dreaming. Mostly because I find that the dreams (as in hopes and aspirations) I have end up getting squashed by the world or by other people. Perhaps that’s why I didn’t particularly like this song the first few times I heard it. Then I actually started listening.
The song talks about David, his dreams of being a ‘big-time shepherd someday.’ But God had bigger plans for him than shepherding sheep. David was going to the shepherd king, the one on whom the lineage of Jesus rested. The song talks about Mary, who dreamed of having a family. But God had bigger plans for her: raising a king. Makes me wonder what kind of dreams God has for me.
Because if I allow myself to really think about it, I do have dreams: Dreams of white dresses and of kids playing in the backyard. Dreams of teaching and writing and speaking. Dreams of contributing in a very small way to CF research. Dreams of loving the next generation to Jesus.
Sometimes I start to wonder if I’m just deluding myself, hoping that these dreams might someday come true. Sometimes I wonder if dreaming is worth it – if I’m just going to be disappointed.
Because when you’re in the thick of life, when it feels like you’re sinking in the quicksand, straining against the current or stuck in the mud – I find that it’s harder to stay positive, and easier to be cynical and bitter.
But then I come back to this song, Dream For You. What would happen if I let God dream for me instead? What if I was just have willing to say, “God, do with me and my life what you will. I’m willing to live all of my life for you. Not my will, but yours be done. Not my dreams, God, but yours.”
It’s not like my dreams are unrealistic – being a princess or having a castle or being a millionaire. But in the end, God has a better plan for me than I could ever imagine. And yes, I hope that some of the things that I dream of will come true someday. But I’m going to let Him dream for me tonight, and wait and see what He’s got in store.
So come on, let me dream, let me dream for you
I am strong, when you’re weak I will carry you
So let go of your plans, be caught in my hand
I’ll show you what I can do
When I dream for you
This post first appeared at allforhimlife.com
Kristen Entwistle is the blog manager for Broken Beautiful BOLD and is a graduate student pursuing her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology at Michigan State University. She helps to lead worship at her church on Sunday mornings and leads a women’s Bible study on Saturday mornings. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three months old, and has seen God work through the ups and downs of life and through her disease. In response to God’s calling, Kristen started All For Him Life, a ministry seeking to encourage and challenge women of all ages in Christ with FREE Bible studies offered throughout the year.
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