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Mar 01

The Dream Maker

Three years ago, on December 13, 2010 I wrote the following post on my old blog. It seems really appropriate to remember at this moment.

I had a dream onceIt’s dead. Yep. Dead.

I’ve had the same dream since I was 16 years old, to be a singer and songwriter. I spent my college years and most of my adult life pursuing this dream and the dream alludes me. It’s so close to my grasp but still unattainable. It was what I always wanted to do with my life and every job since college pales in comparison. Maybe you can relate. Your life is not what you pictured and you are not sure how you got here.

Something happened in my heart on December 13, 2010 that was a defining moment in my life. In my car I just told God how disappointed I was at how everything had turned out. I never planned on being a professional career woman, especially in such a high stress field. How did I get here? What about the dream you placed in my heart so many years ago? What about how you were going to use me to change the world?

Then there it was, the unmistakable still small whisper:

Are you pursing your dream or Mine?  Ouch.  Like a knife piercing the heart. Conviction. My eyes were open to the truth.

I had spent most of my life pursing the dream instead of the Dream Maker. 

At the heart of every dream, there is the Dream Maker.  And the purpose of our dreams is to know God and to make Him known.

Well God wasn’t finished talking, so I listened:

He said, “I need you to give me your dream.” And in that moment, I resigned. I threw in the towel. It’s yours. It’s not the dream I want, I want You. I want to know You. And this is the verse that keeps replaying in my mind – Matthew 26:24-25: Then Jesus said to his disciples,  “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

It’s only in surrender; of laying down everything I call mine at Jesus’ feet is when everything changes.

Everything.

We become free powerful people, an unstoppable force. The supernatural invades the natural. We become the conduit which God does great and miraculous things through.

Jesus gives us this promise in John 14:12-13. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

God wants you to lay down everything for Him so he can do even greater things through you. Things you can’t possibly even imagine. And if we would but take the chance to let it all go we might find that God’s plans were so much greater than our own.

God, this year I lay aside the path called mine for the path called Yours. To be fully and completely content in you regardless of my circumstance.  To know you even fuller and to make your name known. I give you everything that I could ever dream, and take all my plans and lay them at your feet. I give you me. 

I’m so grateful for that day. That day I fell in love with the Dream Maker. For the first time I had something to sing about. As He changed my heart, He gave me new dreams. His dreams. It turns out that God’s plans and ways are bigger and greater that I could have imagined.

Cheryl