Day 247: Dying to Dreams (September 4)

Today starts another 3-day series called “Dying”.  I know we’ve spoken about dying to dreams before, but it keeps coming up and I could feel the Father’s heart over it.  So, we will take another look.  A slightly different view…….

God is the Giver of dreams.  Throughout scripture, you can see Him releasing promise over person after person, and even over regions, etc.  I truly believe the struggle with dreams is sometimes, once we have one, we become overly determined to make it happen, as opposed to continuing in that steady walk with Abba that led us to discover the dream in the first place.

It’s kind of like a parent standing with a child, and the parent is holding a kite.  A really beautiful and large kite.  The kind that needs two people to operate and cannot be properly flown by a child.  But when the parent offers the kite to the child, with the opportunity to fly it together and enjoy that process and time, the child just grabs it and runs off to use it alone.  Totally oblivious to the giver and the joy they are robbing from them, not to mention, they will not have success flying it alone.  A while later, after trying to unsuccessfully fly this kite, the child throws it down and stomps on it and in a pout, walks away leaving the gift laying sadly on the ground.

How often have you been that child?  What dreams have you abandoned because you foolishly ran off to “make them happen” on your own, only to feel disappointed when things didn’t work out?  I know I’ve been guilty of this, more than once, I’m embarrassed to say.

But I’m so glad that I have a loving Father.

Remember the story of the kite again.  Imagine after the child stomps off, the father quietly goes to the kite and picks it up.  He takes it to his garage, fixes it and waits for another opportunity to fly it with the child.  Looking for just the right time, he pulls it out and again leads the child to an open field on a windy day.  “Would you like to fly this kite today?”, he asks.  “If you’d like, we can do it together.”  The child with joy in their heart, quickly says yes and suddenly relationship is built and joy is re-discovered.  They spend the afternoon flying the kite amidst laughter and awe at its beauty as it floats with ease through the sky.

This is the type of father Abba is to us.  He doesn’t punish you for times when you unwittingly sabotage your own dreams.  No, instead, knowing our weaknesses and faults, as well as, our limited understanding He will wait.  He will hold your dreams in a safe place until the right time comes back around, and He can pull them out and offer them again.  That’s what I believe with all my heart.

Come to Him this morning and find what dreams He’d like to re-discover with you.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31