My husband, Stanley, and I have big dreams. We go on “dream walks” (now fewer and farther between with a 1 year old in tow) and talk about how one day we want to own a coffee shop, open a hotel in India, write books…just to name a few. There are a lot more!
But, if I’m not careful I get frustrated that all of these dreams aren’t happening right now. I want to give up on them and write them off as impossible. Or I get paralyzed by the weight of the dreams.
A few weeks ago I was thinking about some of these dreams—and God hit me with a hard truth. If I ever want to see my “big dreams” come to fruition, I need to be faithful in the smaller things that God is prompting me to do.
Some of my “small things” are to write consistently (one reason why I’m writing this blog right now). Another is to disciple younger Christian women. So, I’m working on those.
If we look at Scripture, we see God using ordinary people who weren’t standing around waiting for “their dreams to come true”. They were catching fish, tending sheep, collecting taxes…and then God moved and used them in really big ways.
I’m not saying don’t dream big. Please do! I am saying be faithful in the smaller things because many times those are the building blocks God uses to fulfill bigger dreams.
And then God answered: “Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what’s coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn’t lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It’s on its way. It will come right on time.
Sometimes our dreams can seem “slow in coming” like Habakkuk says. But God’s plans for you are always “right on time”.
So, what are those small, everyday dreams you need to work on? And what are those big dreams that you’re asking God to make happen?