A seed is a a tiny, hard little nugget. It doesn't look like much at all. Yet every seed has within it the DNA, if you will, the very imprint of the plant from which it came. A seed cannot help but reproduce and bring forth what is inside of it. When properly planted, watered and cared for, it will sprout, grow, and produce. A dream is a seed of God’s promise deep in our hearts.
Perhaps the dream God has already deposited in your heart seems an agonizingly remote possibility. However, if our dream-seed falls onto good, believing soil within our hearts, and if we faithfully nourish it, our dreams will grow into reality.
So, how, exactly, do we nourish a dream? Habakkuk 2:2 tells us, “And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and engrave it so plainly upon tablets that everyone who passes may be able to read it easily and quickly as he hastens by.”
To engrave means to make a permanent mark. In other words, we keep the dream alive in our hearts. We don’t allow time or circumstances to fade our dream away to nothing.
We further nourish our dream by remembering the essential role of prayer in bringing it to life. Psalm 37:5 says to “Commit your way to the Lord – roll and repose each care of your load on Him; trust, lean on, rely on and be confident also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.” As we pray, we partner with God in watering and cultivating the seed. When we pray, we place our tender dream into God's faithful and protective hands.
Next, we can thank God ahead of time for what He’s doing, even when it seems like nothing is happening. Romans 4:17 says that God is the One “…Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the non-existent things He has foretold and promised as if they already existed.” When our dreams have not yet materialized, (and face it - some seeds take forever to sprout) God, who is the author and finisher of our faith as well as our dreams, has the ability to bring them forth - and to keep us sane and peaceful as we wait.
And possessing a dream is a process. Join me next week when I'll post The Power of a Dream Part 2.