Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for
every dream precedes the goal. – Pamela Vaull Stan
I remained seated in the church congregation, as many around me rose to their feet. Our minister had just finished a sermon on dreaming big dreams for God. “Stand up,” the minister encouraged, “if you have a dream, a goal, or ambition, something big you want to accomplish for God, because I want to pray for you.” Then came a prayer of commitment, asking God to take the dreams, bless them and infuse them with inspiration.
I left the church that morning feeling saddened. I had no dream, no goal I was working toward, no vision for the future. How could this be? All my life I had always been a goal-oriented person. I had pursued an education and worked hard to achieve my dreams. I had a dream of teaching overseas, and later set myself new goals of becoming an art teacher and a Spanish teacher. I never wanted to be one of those teachers that taught the same subject or grade level, in the same classroom for 30 or 40 years. I thrived on challenge.
This particular Sunday morning, however, I wasn’t sure I held any other dream in my heart. Had I already achieved everything there was to achieve in life? Not even close. “God, I need a dream,” I prayed, “give me a vision, keep me moving forward.” I had no sooner prayed than the dream literally fell into my heart. It’s time to write that book you’ve always wanted to write. All your life people have encouraged you to write a book. Now is the time. And that’s when this interesting and challenging journey began.
Mark Batterson put it so well…“Nothing honors God more than a big dream that is way beyond our ability to accomplish. Why? Because there is no way we can take credit for it. And nothing is better for our spiritual development than a big dream because it keeps us on our knees in raw dependence on God.”
I was excited to begin, but I was soon to discover writing a book was no easy task. It didn’t take me long to realize this dream was way beyond my ability to accomplish. I once heard it said that when you pray for rain, you better be prepared to walk through the mud. I had a lot of mud to slog through.