My mind gently drifts up and down with the waves. Thoughts come and go of the past while I dream of the future. Eyes closed, I float in my own little world. Cool lake water shocks my warm skin as my daughter splashes me back to reality. Drifting and dreaming in the lake is a favorite summer treat. Rarely do I take the time to just be. But being by water fills my soul. It offers solace and peace; here I find comfort and envision God-sized dreams.
Last weekend amid busyness, I got up early to catch up on some projects. While not near water, I closed my eyes to drift, dream and talk to God. It was greatly needed. So often caught up in the minutia of life, I typically focus on the trees and miss the forest. I blink and years are gone. Praying to God, I regroup. I think of previous dreams and wonder, did I pursue them enough or get lost along the way?
C.S. Lewis once said, “You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream.” Sage advice from a wise man.
Dreaming periodically is good and needed in life. Dreaming with God guiding us is even better. When we dream God-sized dreams seeking Him along the way, amazing things happen. Summertime is a perfect time to dream and plan. As a planner myself, I adore how God says He has big plans for us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11
Sounds amazing, right? But so often my dreams are full of me, me, me. Or I get caught up in the details and miss following in faith. How will I know God’s good plans for me if I don’t seek Him as I dream? So, I’m trying to seek Him more as I dream up my plans and this summer is a great example.
Currently I’m tackling two dreams simultaneously. These God-sized dreams morphed over the years and while full of potential, much work is required. I’m left excited, exhilarated and exhausted all at the same time. God has placed these dreams in my heart but often, I want to stop. They feel too big, too much for me. Guilt overwhelms when these dreams steal time from my family or other responsibilities. But there’s a sense of urgency. There’s a reason God wants me to be doing this, and doing it now. I may not know why, but I clumsily follow in faith.
I’m unsure how it will all end. I’m curious if the dreams or the process of following them is the end result. That’s the beauty of God-sized dreams. They’re not ours, they’re His. We are just one piece in God’s amazing puzzle of life. It isn’t our job to know everything, that’s God’s job. Ours is to listen to the God-sized dreams He gives us and follow in faith.
Next week I’m headed to the lake. I cannot wait to carve out time to just be. To float, drift and dream. I know I’ll find peace, solace and more dreams with God by the water. How will you take the time to dream this summer? I encourage you to find your place to just be. It can be anywhere you seek Him for guidance to His God-sized dream for you. Then let’s follow those God-sized dreams together in faith.
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