Why would God give me a dream that He knows I’ll never see come to fruition? I’m sure that’s a question my friend Grey asked many times as she grieved the Death of her Dream.
Does that seem cruel to you? Like unnecessary suffering and heartache when you might have been content to keep with the status quo before you dared to dream? Is it unconscionable that He would ask you to uproot the very seeds He planted in your heart?
God gave Abraham the dream of fathering the nation of Israel. And then He asked him to literally lay down His only son with Sarah, Isaac, from whom offspring more numerous than the stars in the sky were to come. God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. And Abraham did not withhold his son, his dream, from God. (Genesis 22:1-11)
Unless we are continuously surrendering our dreams to the One Who has the power to bring them to life, we’ve made idols of our dreams. If we’re unwilling to let those precious aspirations slip through our hands we might have made their achievement our god. Finding it hard to lay down our dreams might clue us in to a tragic heart issue. Wanting anything more than God Himself is the definition of idol worship.
When we cling to dreams that are no longer ours, we cause more pain than is necessary. We may experience heart ache, financial difficulty, or even fall into patterns of greed or depression. The tighter we hold on to something God no longer desires for us, the more it hurts. A rope let go does no damage, but one held tight burns the hands.
A dream laid down daily does less damage.
We must hold our dreams loosely. We must offer to lay them down. We must give back to God all He has given us.
We lay them down, trusting God will provide. Just like He did for Abraham. You see, just as he was about to sacrifice Isaac, a ram appeared in a nearby bush. God then allowed Abraham to sacrifice the animal instead. (Genesis 22:12-18) When we lay down our dreams, God will either hand them back to us or provide something else in their place. But by intentionally laying them at the cross daily, we will be reminded that they were His dreams in the first place.
I know it hurts. I wouldn’t dare discount the pain associated with the end of an era of dreaming, the struggle that comes with facing the world feeling like a failure, or the fear that can make it impossible to dare to dream again. God sees our aching hearts, too. And if we’ll let Him, He will sooth and soften the broken edges.
When laying down the dream feels devastating, remember God loves the dreamer more than the dream. Considering His great love for us enables us to both dream big dreams and lay them down.
He gives us dreams and He takes them away according to His will. We may never know why until we meet Him face to face. But laying our dreams down daily keeps them from coming between us and Him.
Use this lovely printable coloring sheet drawn by the incredibly talented Jana Kennedy-Spicer of Sweet to the Soul as a tool to help you visualize laying your dream down. Click on the image to download and print. Color it and write you dream on the altar. Post it prominently as a daily reminder.
Finally, I offer you this prayer and invite you to pray with me, not just today, but every day. And allow the words to soften your heart so that you keep a loose grip on your dreams.
I lay my dream down at the foot of Your Son’s cross. I place all my aspirations firmly in Your grip. I trust You to care for them. If you ask me to walk away from the desire you’ve placed in my heart, I will trust You. Never allow me to chase after anything that would distract my heart from it’s affection toward you. I know You love me more than any dream you cause me to dream. I trust you to bind up my wounded heart if You don’t hand this dream back to me.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Dreaming isn’t all Dandelions and Daffodils
(re)Designing the Dream
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
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