This is Part 2 of my blog series “God-Inspired Dreams.” Read Part One here.
Has God given you a special dream or task, one that seems impossible to achieve? Has it been so hard that you are considering giving up on it, even though you believe God has called you to it?
If so, I can relate. In fact, the Bible contains many stories of people struggling to reach a God-inspired dream or mission. So if you are about to throw in the towel on achieving your dream, please read this blog series before you do. The good news is that you just might be CLOSER to it than you think.
I suspect that God is up to something amazing in your life. The question is, are you ready for it? If so, I am writing this series to encourage you!
The Birth of My Dream:
The moment I am about to share with you is vividly recorded in my memory. It happened on an ordinary day, with nothing special about it except what I am about to share with you. It happened like this:
Driving home, I turned into my neighborhood and stopped at an intersection. Thinking of nothing in particular, my mind rambled through the odds and ends of my life when a simple prayer came to mind:
“God, I don’t have a dream for my life
right now. What is Your dream for me?”
There have been two times in my life when I asked God a specific question and received an answer that changed the direction of my life completely. This was the one of those times. I had no idea as to the depth of the question I was asking, nor did I understand how specifically and powerfully God would respond to it. That old saying, “be careful what you ask for” … is true.
Point #1: When God gives a dream or a special task, more often than not, it will seem impossible to achieve.
Over the next few days, a dream formed—to write a book for Him—as God whispered it through prayer, scripture and quiet times. You might think that I excitedly started pecking out words on a keyboard in a hurry to pursue it. But the truth is,
I didn’t. I walked around in a fog, unable to get started. Immobilized and restless. Why? Because:
My dream was completely beyond my ability to reach it, given my current circumstances.
It was too much for me and I knew it.
Oh, I had a million reasons why that dream should never come to pass. Here are just a few:
1) I am the mother of a daughter and an autistic son, so I had very little time to write
2) I didn’t have a platform, and everyone knows that a platform is necessary to be considered by a publisher
3) My consulting business that was essential to pay our family bills (not to mention Alec’s health costs!), so how could I scale back?
4) Who did I think I was, anyway? I couldn’t write a book. What did I have to say that would matter to anyone?
Impossible Dreams and Missions in Scripture
Struggling with self-doubt, I began a search of Scripture for stories of people who were following their God-given dreams. I wanted to learn from their journeys and sure enough, I found them. When I studied the Biblical accounts that I found, some striking similarities began to emerge.
Today, let’s look at two examples of a time when God whispered a dream into the heart of a servant.:
- The dream of a child is promised to Abraham and Sarah: “The Lord said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah.” ESV – Genesis 18:10-15
- Joseph dreams of ruling over his older brothers: “His brothers said to him, ‘Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?’ So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words, … So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. And they took him and threw him into a pit.” (The story continues…) “Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.” ESV – Genesis 37
In these stories (like others that I found), the dream that God inspires seems impossible to achieve, given the circumstances in the story. For example:
- Sarah was past child-bearing years. Literally, she had reached the age of menopause! How, then, could she have a child?
- Joseph’s dream of ruling over his older brothers was so outrageously offensive to them that they sold Joseph into slavery. Not exactly the career path of an up-and-coming ruler, right?
Point #2: When God gives a dream or a mission, it will require His power to achieve.
I’m talking about a God-given task with insurmountable odds. Consider these people who stepped out to attain an impossible, God-inspired mission:
- God gives Moses, an exiled, 80 year-old stutterer, the mission of demanding the freedom of his people from the slavery of a great Pharaoh. (Slavery, by the way, was an integral part of the Egyptian economy at that time.)
- Noah accepts a mission to build a ship so vast that it will save his family (not to mention creation) from a deluge destined to wipe out mankind.
- David, a shepherd boy overlooked by his own father, dreams of becoming king of Israel.
- Esther, an orphaned girl made queen, is given the mission of saving her people from Haman’s evil plot to destroy her people.
Each stepped out in faith against great odds.
Each left their comfort zone for a place that was unknown.
Each went through a time when all seemed lost.
Each surrendered their dream to God’s ultimate power and glory.
And each time, the impossible was achieved,
and God was glorified.
What about you? Do you have an impossible God-given dream or purpose?
If God is urging you to do something that seems beyond your reach, that’s a very good sign that God is indeed calling you!
Before you step out, however, you must seek God’s heart through Scripture and prayer to know that God is calling you to follow your dream. Only then can you can be certain that you will reach your dream in God’s power and to His glory. He will give you what you need to reach it.
Wow, Kelly, my dream has always been to become a published author. I have always loved to write my thoughts and prayers. I communicate better in writing than speaking. I love encouraging people and writing my most inner thoughts and desires in order to motivate and encourage others. I have started, given up, convinced myself at times that who am I fooling, I can not write and what will I write about….Thanks for your encouraging post about your dream….it truly encouraged me and blessed me. God bless you.
Keep writing, Lilly. I am right there with you!
so encouraging!! thanks for sharing this!!
You have hit the nail right on my head Kelly. God is directing your words and I know these messages are helping to revive many others other than myself. Love you
This is beautifully encouraging! Thank you!
Thank you so much. I don’t know what to say. This is just so beautiful; it feels good to know that some people know what I am going through and it gives me hope again.
Back in the summer of 2012, something in my heart told me to write. Ever since then I’ve been writing stories. Right now, three years later, I’m still struggling to publish a science fiction novel I wrote back in 2013. I’ve been rejected so many times, I’ve considered the fact that writing may not be for me. I used to hate writing, but something pushed me to do it, and now that I love it, many circumstances has given me reason to give up.
Hi, Elmer! If you love to right, keep writing! Also, have you ever considered self publishing to a Kindle? Many authors are rejected multiple times, as I am sure you know! But most importantly, do it because you love it.
I received my book contract after pitching it at a writer’s conference where publishers come and you get 15 mins with them. With that said, I have to say that God open the door to getting my first book published. But Elmer, I would self-publish another if I didn’t get a contract… without a doubt.
When I started blogging, I had no idea that anyone was even reading what I was posting. I just had something inside me that had to get out… so I wrote. That sounds like what you are saying, too, so keep writing! Don’t give up, Elmer!
Hello, I was wondering where I could find the next article to this section on why god allows us to struggle in pursuit of a dream.
Hi, Matthew: Part one can be found here: https://kellylangston.com/when-dream-die-why-god-gives-a-dream-and-takes-it-away/
i have just dreamed that i was washing my very dirty clothes then my college lecturer (saved christian )was passing by then other students were greating him.As he passed close to me i hold his hand to greet him then the heaven opened ana Jesus came.we started to pray so hard ,then Jesus was giving tasks to each one of us.we were few people mixed with a flock of goats.he was a shephard and he was calling names and gives tasks to each individual.
i was given a task of singing.i have never been a singer before and i was never trusted my voice,i am confident at all in singing and i have never dreamed of being a singer (in real life)
so i was like ohhh my God my voice is baaaaaad then i tried to sing a song i know “i have no other God” then my voice came out to be sooooo cute and big i couldnt imagine i could have such a good voice.then i woke up.
some years back i had a dream that i am a servant of God and i was poured oil on my head,the oil came from heaven.i was with another christian brother who was the first one to ask me “why arent you saves?”
so in that dream we were asking God between the two of us who is the servant of GOD we started to pray then God poured oil on me and we were both happy.
i am trying to connect these two dreams i dont know where to get started.
i am currently married with children,working and studying.
i real need assistance as currently i dont pray as hard and i am going through some difficuties in life.