Here is my future cut in stone,
Designed for what I call my own.
Whoever knew this dream would change,
Until You came and rearranged?
I have a dream. Actually, I have many. Some I have lived out, but some are still in my future. However, in pursuit working toward my own goals, I’ve realized that Someone else has a dream . . . and He’s the Author of the greatest dream ever.
When God dreams, it’s not a fantasy or a fleeting day dream like we would have had while sitting at our desks in school. We don’t have to wonder when God’s dream will happen, how it will happen, or who it will affect. He’s already got every detail settled. From the beginning of the world, God determined when His greatest dream would come to pass. The dream? It is that the whole world would come to the knowledge of Him through the sacrifice of Jesus. What’s so incredible is that He’s asked us to dream that dream with Him!
You took my sights from me to You,
Revealed Your best in something new.
Now my pleasure is Your plan;
I give my all to Your command.
It is so easy to hold on to our dreams so tight – even if they’re straight from heaven – that Hurricane Katrina couldn’t rip them from our hands. Suddenly those dreams become so precious that we forget Who gave them to us in the first place. Our focus turns from the Creator of the dream to a little thing called “Us.” Pretty soon, our world revolves around seeing that dream come into reality – with us in the center of it all. This must grieve God’s heart. We can hear Him say, “Hey, I was the One who gave that dream to you! Shouldn’t I be a part of it?”
Like everything in our lives, our dreams should be yielded to God. The Bible says in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Notice the word “first.” It doesn’t say us first, or our dreams first. It’s God’s kingdom, His agenda, first. We’ve got to put aside our desires so that what God wants becomes what we want. Our attitude should be, “Okay, God, I love these dreams You’ve given me, but I love You more. I’m willing to put these dreams aside and give Your dream my full attention.”
When I dream with You, redemption is revealed,
Giving life to more than what I see.
When I dream with You, You dream beyond my world,
And every dream in You comes true.
Let’s consider Jesus. He gave up His heavenly home to become a man. Mark 14:32 talks about how he submitted Himself to God’s will, despite how painful it would be. As a result of Jesus’ death, an incredible redemption was birthed. This fulfilled God’s greatest dream. What an honor!
If Jesus – the Son of God – had to surrender to God’s plan, how much more should we! To give up a dream seems so challenging when that dream represents who we are. It’s painful to our flesh, but the outcome is amazing!
God has got a dream for every person’s life. Jeremiah 29:11 says that He’s given us a “future and a hope.” Our future, in His eyes, is filled with good and not evil. He’s for us! In light of His power and all the things He’s done, who could possibly want anything more than God’s perfect plan – His dream? Our dreams couldn’t possibly compare to His infinite imagination for us.
The question is this: Will we first die to self in order to see God’s dream become a reality? God will never ask us to do something without giving us something greater in return. He wants us to know that if we’ll dream with Him, He’ll dream for us, and every dream will come true.
My dreams, Your heart, this is all I want;
Your dreams, my love, ev’ry part of me.
© When You Dream, 2008 Music and Lyrics Christa A. Madrid