God Dreams Bigger!
Blog – 7-12-18
“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20
Have you ever had something “appear” on your phone out of the blue? All of a sudden an app you didn’t even know you had open shows up and you have no idea why?
I had that happen on Monday. I opened up my phone, and my Bible Gateway app greeted me. I hadn’t opened it since the day before when I was in church, but there it was. And the verse above “happened” to be the verse of the day.
As I read through it, the words positively jumped out at me. I literally started laughing at God’s perfect timing. You see, I was feeling really tired that morning. I had had a long, busy weekend, and I was heading off to do some training. I was working hard to get myself fired up so I could fire up the people I would be working with, and I wasn’t feeling it, to be honest. I was supposed to be inspiring everyone to get intentional about personal growth, and all I wanted to do was go back to bed!
And then I opened my phone!
God’s gentle nudge and perfect timing reminded me again that I don’t have to rely on my own strength to get through. I don’t have to be super human. I don’t have to do life by myself. All I have to do is step out in faith and obedience and trust, knowing that He will do the rest.
As you know if you’ve read my blog for any length of time, I am a dreamer. I have big plans and huge hopes. When I read that God can do “far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams,” my first thought is “Wow! Let’s go, God!” I get super excited because I dream big! But truth is God dreams bigger! My feeble heart has trouble believing in the dreams racing through my mind, but scripture assures me His plans are even bigger. How cool is that!
There have been numerous times in my life when I have tried to shut these dreams off, attempted to force myself to be happy with the status quo, tried in vain to shut my dreams down and let them go, but that is simply not how I’m wired. And that’s not how you are wired either, my friend, because that’s not what God intends for any of us. He wants to do amazing things through each and every one of us, more than we can dream or imagine.
Our job is simply to trust and walk in faith. And keep dreaming!
I also love how it says his Spirit is working “deeply and gently within us.” Isn’t that beautiful. God doesn’t bully us into doing audacious things. He doesn’t force His will upon us. He gently stirs the deepest parts of our hearts in a loving, kind way. He whispers into our souls and then sits back and gives us the opportunity to be obedient.
As I drove to my training that day, I kept reading this verse over and over. I know I shouldn’t do that when I’m driving, but I was keeping my eyes on the road too! When I arrived at my training I felt renewed and refreshed. I felt confidence inside me because I spent most of my hour drive thanking God for His provision and His perfect timing.
I hope these words speak as powerfully to you as they have to me. And remember the next time you’re feeling defeated, God’s dreams are bigger than yours!
Hugs and love,