On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and rendered one of the most successful speeches in American history. He inspired and ignited dreams in Americans for equality. To truly have one nation under God, for all men who are created equal by God to exercise the rights promised by the founding father to guarantee the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
King dreamed dreams bigger than he was, but he made a difference. Laws have been passed that guarantee that equality to all people in our country.
God gives us dreams and usually they are much bigger than we are. Our God is a big God and cannot be contained in our finite minds.
Isaiah 55:9 NIV
As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We don’t always understand what God is doing. God is so big. But here is an example I can grasp. With all the planes that fly around in the airspace, air traffic controllers have radars that can see and identify all the planes in that airspace. They can see the big picture of where the planes are and where they are going. When I was in the Air Force, I received what is called an “incentive flight” for a reward. I got to fly in a jet aircraft. While flying up in the airspace, the air traffic controller gave the pilot instructions. We were playing around and goofing off as he showed me different things they do while up in the sky (please pray for military pilots). Then the air traffic controller adamantly told the pilot to maintain a certain altitude and heading. At the urgent sound of the ATC’s voice, the pilot obeyed. Though we could not see what was above us or flying near us the air traffic controller saw it. I don’t even want to imagine what could have happened if the pilot had not obeyed. We finished our flight and landed safely.
God has the big picture of our lives. We don’t see the big picture and the things that are going on around us. But He gives each of us dreams to navigate us in the direction He wants us to go.
Psalm 34:7 NIV
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
God puts the desires and dreams in our hearts. What we need to do is trust Him to bring it to pass.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
I write this today to encourage myself in the Lord. I pray that it may encourage someone else as the Lord leads.
I have big dreams. Dreams that are bigger than me. Like Joseph who dreamed, many years passed before the dream came to pass. I can relate to that waiting time that Joseph experienced because that is where I feel I am at. I feel like I have been forgotten. The dreams God gave to Joseph came to pass in God’s timing for the good of all the people. I know who my God is and I know that in His timing His will for me, the dreams He has given to me shall come to pass in His timing for the good of others. His plans will not be impeded.
Job 42:1-6 NIV
1 Then Job replied to the LORD :
2 "I know that you can do all things;
no plan of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, 'Who is this that obscures my counsel without knowledge?'
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 "You said, 'Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.'
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
6 Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes."
Perhaps Job had dreams of the way his life was to go. Then all those things went bad with him. But God knew what was going on the whole time. Job repented.
Lord, I give You praise for this is the day that You have made and I shall rejoice and be glad in it. I thank You for Your mercies endure forever and are new every morning. Lord, You have plans and those plans cannot be hindered. I know it is not about me, but the bigger picture. Lord, I seek Your forgiveness for speaking and saying things of which I don’t understand. I pray that I listen now for Your voice so I may know Your will. Lord, I repent of pride and selfishness. I ask You create a clean heart in me. I pray that I serve You wholeheartedly where You place me. I pray that I trust in Your timing and not take matters into my own hands. In Jesus name, Amen.
Blessings in Christ--