Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
Remember when you were younger and anything seemed possible? I remember being a small child with big dreams. Growing up, I loved our backyard. I would spend hours behind our house—on the swing set, climbing trees, and roller-skating on our patio. I had enormous dreams for my life. In that backyard, I wasn’t afraid of much. Anything was possible.
Somehow as I grew older, fear crept in, and my big dreams faded into smaller ones. My big prayers turned into smaller prayers. Instead of world peace, I started praying for just enough peace to get through the day. Instead of asking for an amazing husband with a heart for God, I just prayed for someone to ask me out on a date.
Fears get bigger. Dreams get smaller. And somehow, I rationalize that it’s okay to settle for less. The longer I wait for dreams to come true, the smaller those dreams become.
When did I stop dreaming big?
Steven Furtick wrote a book entitled Sun Stand Still. I haven’t read all of it, but it’s based on these verses in Joshua:
On the day the Lord gave the Israelites victory over the Amorites, Joshua prayed to the Lord in front of all the people of Israel. He said,
“Let the sun stand still over Gibeon,
and the moon over the valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still and the moon stayed in place until the nation of Israel had defeated its enemies. Joshua 10:12-13 (NLT)
Joshua wasn’t afraid to ask God for the impossible. He dreamed big. And God came through.
We serve a big God. I want to dream bigger. I choose to cast fear aside. I will pray my “sun stand still” prayer and keep believing anything is possible with God.
What about you? Do you still have big dreams?
Copyright Allison @ Anointed With Grace, 2011
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4 responses to “Dreaming Big”
That’s a tough one for me. I am not sure I have ever had big dreams. I’m a live-in-the-moment kind of girl. How do we parlay the alternate goals of our dreams and allowing what God wants for us?
Carrie, that’s a really good question. I feel like a lot of our dreams are God-given and he wants us to have courage to pursue them while trusting him for the outcome. But we may have dreams that don’t match up with his plans….I think that’s the painful place where he molds our hopes and dreams to match up with his. Does that make sense?
Just catching up on your wonderful blog. Love this one because I do dream BIG most of the time. Many people try to tell me that I am too old to accomplish my dreams but I know better. Love you A!!
Tanya, you’re a great example of someone who continues to dream big! I love that you don’t listen to naysayers and just keep working to achieve your dreams. Love you too!