“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever –”– John 14:14-16
Do you remember your childhood dreams? Most people have given up on them. After all, there can only be so many astronauts. More to the point, our dreams outmatch our skills. As crushing as it is, there’s something of a hint in that truth.
The dreams of childhood are more like breadcrumbs than gems. But they are precious to our Father – and we would be wise to remember that. He gives us good gifts, and not every gift is a talent. After all, what would talent be without passion? Dreams are the stuff of imagination, wonder and delight, they can motivate us to discover God.
The dreams He gives us evoke a longing to commune with Him, specifically through a calling. So, the question is: How can the dreams God gives us lead to a deeper relationship with Him and a more fruitful life for His glory?
When we discovered them in our childhood, they were simple. We initiated play with friends pretending to be the heroes we hoped to become. Inevitably, we would play-act the hero hoping for our parents’ approval. In formative years, a pattern of how we pursue God’s glory is being established.
Our Heavenly Father delights in our dreams because He wants to cultivate a deeply personal relationship with us. He wants us to know with every fiber of our being that we can trust Him with our most delicate hopes. We come to trust Him completely because He has proven that He will not be disappointed when we fall.
Experiencing God is how we learn that our greatest joy, our deepest content is not found in fulfilling our dreams, it’s in our Father. He is our all-in-all, and when we finally believe this truth, we want to give Him the greatest gift we can think of.
What else? The cherished dreams of our childhood.
All our hopes, everything we love about our life, we give to Him. If you’ve done this, you know – a transformation has taken place. You are more drawn to Jesus than ever and in the process of pursuing Him, He makes you more like Himself. Your desires are more and more aligned with His.
Then, your prayers are answered, because they are in Jesus’ name. This is a life that, even in the suffering, is filled with indescribable joy. Every hard choice of obedience is made in trust, knowing that He is the same Father who delighted in you when you were a child, only pretending to be the hero you hoped one day to become.
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