My wife, Penny, and I recently welcomed a delightful young lady into our home that had just finished a season of global ministry for Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Our time together provided some welcome rest and the opportunity of a little London sight-seeing, before she returned home to the USA.
During her stay, we took some time to prayerfully listen to the Holy Spirit – to hear the heart of our Father-God for each of us. Our guest received this picture, from God, for me:
She saw a book, a journal. Its pages were cascading open as if someone was flicking through them to find a certain place. As the pages of the book flashed across her imagination, she noted that although the early pages contained writing, when the book finally fell open, the pages were blank.
Blank pages… me, a blank expression. I simply didn’t ‘get’ it. What could God possibly be saying to me through that?
Fortunately, for me, there were others close at hand to help and bring understanding.
This picture was an invitation from heaven for me to start dreaming. To write down the desires of my heart.
Really? My Father-God wants to know what I think!?
Sovereign God wants to know my hopes? Seeks to hear the desires of my heart? Wishes to hear and know my dreams?
This interpretation of the picture is particularly relevant and significant for Penny and me, right now. You see, just over a year ago, we returned from a three-year season of mission in Kenya – our thinking was that we were returning to the UK for a temporary five-week leave of absence… but God had a different idea. He wanted us to stop and rest!
Recently, I’d been seeking Father God for His direction, asking, ‘what do you want us to do?’
The more I asked Him, the more desperate I became for Him to show our next step. I mean, after all, he’s God – he’s the one with the plan, right? Well, yes… and, no!
You see, when I asked God what He wanted us to do, He replied with a question of His own. His reply was, ‘what do you want to do?’
God’s response took me by surprise. I thought that God had the plan, that He had everything figured out and it was for Him to tell me what to do.
Basically, my inner belief system was saying, there was God’s way and there was another way, or, in other words, there was a right way and there was a wrong way. But God is saying, ‘there is no right or wrong way, whichever way you want to go, whatever choice you make, that is fine by me!’
Simply put, God was saying, ‘Derek, walk in your FREEDOM!’
“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” – Galatians 5:1 [The Message]
Now let me clarify something. I am not advocating immoral behaviour or a choice to live independently from God. What I am saying is that in Christ we are no longer slaves, and as such, simply being to told what to do. No, we are all sons and co-heirs with Jesus. Therefore we are partners. We work together with God to fulfil our role in the family business.
The bible tells us that before the foundation of the world our Heavenly Father breathed His destiny and desires into our inner-most being – that means that each one of us is born with the potential to be the authentic person that our Father-God intended! It is in Christ that we become fully, and abundantly, alive!
So, let’s expose the myth that God wants to control our lives and remove this unGodly belief from our thinking. God’s way is the way of freedom – the freedom to choose – the freedom to dream. It is our Fathers pleasure, and His desire, to partner with us in making our dreams come true.
Your Father-God wants to know what you think!?
Sovereign God wants to know your hopes? Seeks to hear the desires of your heart? Wishes to hear and know your dreams?
He wants to know because He wants to help make them come true!
1. It is never too late to start dreaming with God – your age is never an acceptable reason not to dream! Read these passages from the bible: Joel 2:28 & Acts 2:17.
2. I have found that my ability to dream is like a muscle, in that its power can become weakened, when not used. So, lets put our dream muscle to work – get a book and just start capturing your dreams now! The more we do it, the easier it will become.
3. Go with the flow of your dreams and write them down. Go LARGE with your dreams – never question their feasibility. Remember, your heart can go where your head won’t fit!
“God is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]” – Ephesians 3:20 [adapted from the Amplified Bible]
Go on, dream with God!
I dare you!