Give Him Your Dreams

by Lauren Lozano

 

When I was in elementary school I dreamed of either becoming a teacher or a member of the S.W.A.T. team… Then I learned that with both you probably had to deal with unexpected bodily fluids in one way or another, and I didn’t have the stomach for that.

When I was in high school I dreamed of one day becoming a fashion designer and/or fashion boutique owner… In college, I changed my major my junior year to organizational communications after experiencing the cut-throat nature of the fashion industry in New York City.

When I graduated from college I dreamed of becoming a wife & starting a family right away… After three years of dating who I thought would be my happily ever after, we broke up because I just wasn’t “the one.”

Our whole lives are filled with dreams that come and go just like the ones that whimsically play in our heads while we sleep. Some dreams come true. Some become nightmares. Some get crushed. Some just drift away for some reason or another.

Cinderella once told me that “a dream is wish your heart makes.” And naively, I took that to mean that if I dream hard enough and wish with all my might, they’d come true. No questions asked… But life has a way of getting in the way of your dreams.

If we let them, our dreams become our identity. We root who we are in the dreams that we pursue. But then, once that dream gets shut down, delayed or unexpectedly turned around, our whole lives begin to fall apart.

I’ve always held tightly to verses like Jeremiah 29:11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (TLB)

All the while, ignoring the verses that followed after it!

“In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” -Jeremiah 29:12-13 NLT

And Ephesians 3:20:

“Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”  (TLB)

All the while, ignoring the verses that came before it!

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:19 NLT

Too often we get caught up in our own dreams that we ignore what God might want in our lives. I know I’ve been guilty of this throughout my life. I read verses like Jeremiah 29:11 and Ephesians 3:20 through the lens of my dreams and not quite the plans God truly has for me. I didn’t seek His wisdom, His guidance, His blessing in any of it. So when my dreams weren’t playing out quite like I had planned, I took it as a sucker punch in the gut from God because, in my mind, we were on the same page. But apparently not!

When it comes to our hopes and dreams, we tend to scoop it all up in our little bubble made just how we want it to look and kindly let God know, “You can bless this…but don’t mess with this!” Beloved, this is NOT the way to go! This route will only bring you frustration, heartache, confusion, and tension in all areas of your life.

“You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.” Proverbs 19:21 (NLT)

It is only when we surrender our dreams to our Lord that they begin to unfold into a beautiful plan that you wouldn’t have even been able to conjure up in your finite minds. Countless times God has outdone my creative mind and taken my dreams to heights I didn’t even know were possible.

God turned my career dreams into a beautiful ministry.

He turned my dreams of becoming a wife into a wild adventure with a man I couldn’t have even prepared myself for.

And when you surrender your dreams and hopes to Him, he’ll do the exact same for you. Even more! Why? Because we serve a God whose grace, love, patience, power, and strength pours out abundantly more than we could ever handle in one sitting!

My prayer for you, sweet sisters, is that you dream God sized dreams with the One who created the heavens and the earth. And when you dream those dreams, I pray that you surrender them to God, placing all your hope and confidence in the fact that He is a good, good Father and He has your best interests at heart.

“And I am certain that God, who began a good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ returns.” Philippians 1:6