“I Have A Dream” was a speech delivered by Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr., on August 28, 1963, at Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. Dr. King shared his vision with the world and today many Americans continue to reflect on his dream daily as we all live, remembering that he gave his life fighting for freedom. Many of us have dreams to do something great in life. As we travel on this journey, we cannot phantom the outcome of the fulfillment our dreams.
Dreams sometimes start when we are young and as we mature the dreams often change. At some point, after we have weathered the storms of failure, disappointment and discouragement, some just give up and stop dreaming, settling for the mediocrity of life. Battered by circumstances, coincidences and misfortunes, others have settled into a humdrum existence as they spend the rest of their lives looking behind at what could have been, instead of looking forward at the possibilities of changes that could impact our lives and possibly the world.“What’s the point of dreaming? It will never amount to much anyway.”
Then again, others hold onto their dreams with the tenacity of those who view their potential contributions, as a matter of life or death. Who controls whether we fail or succeed? Some will say karma, some will say fate, some will say luck, others might say being in the right place at the right time. What do you say? If there is a struggle with unfulfilled dreams it might be a good idea to ask ourselves some probing questions and to conduct an introspective investigation. Where do dreams come from? Who has the power to bring them to fruition?”
What good is the notion to even consider that we can accomplish anything worthy of God’s approval? The question may not be what inspires us, but who gives us the audacity to dream we can do things beyond our imagination? All good and perfect things come from God. The idea to start a business, to write a book, to lead a small group, to write a song, to adopt a child, to apply for a promotion, to ask someone for their hand in marriage, to go to college, to build a house, to go to the moon, to be an actor, or become a doctor, often start with a dream. When God gives us the dream, He will us give the wisdom, knowledge, discernment and revelation the turn that dream into reality.
The accomplishment of our dreams can be influenced not only by those who know and love us, those we trust, those who appear to be our friends and family members, but also by known and unknown enemies. We have to be cognizant of whom we share our dreams. There are many Dream Supporters who encourage us and Dream Spoilers lurking around to steal our joy, eager to attempt to sabotage our plans. You may become doubtful, discouraged, disillusioned or disgruntled when you do not received anticipated support, when others may not trust God as you do and cannot envision and dream God has given only to you.
In the book entitled The Dream Giver, the author Bruce Wilkinson talks about “Ordinary, a Nobody who leaves the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. Once the Dream Giver convinces him to escape his Comfort Zone, Ordinary beings the journey of his life- overcoming Border Bullies, navigating the Wasteland, and battling the fierce Giants of the Land” In this book, Ordinary’s goal is to reach the Land of Promise and fulfill his big dream. We are all ordinary people. The good news is, God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. God in waiting for us to recognize Him as All Mighty, Sovereign, Lord of Lords so that He can work mighty things through us for the building of His Kingdom. What will it take for us to leave our Land of Familiar? What do we need to give up, or hold on to, to believe our Lord and Savior will do what He says he will do? We are assured by God’s Word. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will hold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10(NIV).
Abraham who dreamed of being a father, had no children until he was a hundred years old, ended up being the father of many nations. Joseph dreamed that his family would bow down before him, he ended up rescuing them as they stood before him as the person in charge of the whole land of Egypt. Moses dreamed of leading his people out of Egypt and ended up leading them to the Promise Land. Esther, an Jewish orphan, dreamed of doing something special and ended up being crowned Queen of Persia, risking her life to save her people. David dreamed of being a king and with all of his mistakes, ended up being the man of God’s own heart. Daniel dreamed of being faithful to God, boldly defied the king’s decree and survived being locked in a lion’s den, ended up gaining the favor from King Darius, who ordered the entire kingdom to fear the God of Daniel. John, risking his life to share God’s word, ended up triumphed in his influence to spread the Good News to the very point of death. Paul’s dream was to lead others to Christ, ended up ministering to a captive audience while witnessing from his jail cell.
What is your dream? Where will your dream lead you? Where is your dream now? Is it shoved in a file cabinet and buried between dozens of folders that you haven’t looked through in years? Has it been tossed underneath the bed with other nonessential information, waiting to meet its demise? Is it pushed so far back in your mind that you don’t even think about it any more? Have you thrown it in a pile of unused items, waiting for the next charitable organization to call for the next pick up? Did it end up in the shredder with the rest of the junk mail? Was it pitched outside with the garbage to be picked up on Tuesday? The path to fulfilling the dream God has given you may take you through some deep, dark, devastating places. While pursuing your dream, the situation may be uncomfortable, the time table may appear skewed and the burden may appear to be unbearable. Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus, Philippians 1:6 (NIV).
God is there growing us up, grooming us, making and shaping us for the appointed time. No matter how discouraged I may become, I often say to myself, “I cannot give up. I will not give in. I will trust God.” William Carey a great missionary said, “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”