I am the girl who has always dreamed of her wedding day. One summer, while in middle school, my best friend and I planned each other’s wedding, hairstyles and venues included. I am the girl who has always thought about how she was going to be famous. Growing up, I would tell my grandmother that I was going to be a star and she would ask what would be my claim to fame, and I never had an answer, I just knew it was going to happen. I am the girl who’s always dreamed of life after school. My friend and I would meet up and talk about all the things we would buy and places we would go once we got our degrees. I am the girl who is always trying to find a way to make more money. My younger sister gets tired of me telling her “I’m plotting and scheming my next venture.” I was the girl who thought she had to make all this happen on her own, and didn’t consult God.
You would think, me being the good, saved Christian girl I am, I would know to include God in on these plans, but too often, I forget. I just start making plans without praying about it. I share what I want to do with different people, and don’t even consult God and see if this is what He wants me to do. Matthews 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek God first. I believe God will give me the desires of my heart (Psalms 37:4) but in trying to make all my dreams come true on my own, I limit myself. God is bigger than my dreams but I can’t experience that if I don’t talk to Him about it (pray).
I recently started getting up half an hour or so earlier than I need to (it doesn’t happen every morning and when it does happen, I’m barely making it, so y’all pray my strength lol), to really take time to talk to God and listen to God. My pastor has stressed the importance of meditating on the Lord when you wake up (Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success) and I can see the impact it has had on my life and my dreams. I like to think of myself as someone who makes some pretty bold declarations and sometimes just simply outlandish claims, then I talk to God and He shows me how He can make it happen and what I came to Him with seems like child’s play compared to all that He plans to bless me with.
As believers, we have access to God through His son Jesus Christ and He’s interested in our plans, in fact, He knows them (Jeremiah 29:11) and wants to help us achieve our goals. As true followers of Christ, we cannot fail (2 Peter 1:5-10). Others will come along and attempt to discourage you and set up road blocks, but be reminded of Joseph (Genesis 37-50). Joseph was a dreamer and there were many instances (his brothers throwing him in a pit, being in prison) where it did not seem as though what he dreamed would come to past, but it did (Romans 8:28). No matter how impossible it seems, no matter how many people tell you no, tell God all about your dreams, and let Him guide you every step of the way. Dream big, dream with God.
2 Peter 1:5-10 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: