Trust The Dream Giver

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Dream Giver

My dear readers, today I am featuring a guest post by a dear friend, Sophie Neeze. I trust that it will bless you as it did me.  Enjoy!

eVEN tHE dREAM cANNOT bE tRUSTED

So, it’s the first week of November, and I’m temping at an office in the city. It’s a week-long gig, and I’m grateful to have it for many reasons. This time last year, I was in this same office, temping for the first time, and I was a completely different person.

I was an emotional wreck, having just come out of a relationship; and as regards my faith, which is the centre of my existence, I was a sad mess! I had always been the progressive sort; the type of person who believed that in few or many steps, there was always an organized procedure one could adopt to ensure that desired ends were achieved. In fact, a lot of my day dreams were about desired ends and the mental trip backward to visualise what steps needed to be taken. You see, somewhere in my head, I had gotten mixed up and had started thinking that God would have me live like that. I read Genesis 2:5 to mean that God would not move if I was not moving myself. The sad result of thinking like this, is that when things do not work according to plan, one very easily slips into OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder): you start to believe even more in the efficiency of detailed planning, and you begin to obsess over the plans so much that you get fixated on the process at the expense of the product. This further results in the deterioration and depletion of your health and strength. And that is exactly where I was. Worse still, I carried this warped mind set into the various aspects of my life; conversations, cooking, cleaning, studying, exercising, name it!

OCD

The thing about living like this is that eventually, something really major may go wrong which none of your methodical approaches to life will be able to fix, and then fear will set in; possibly even paranoia.

On the way back home yesterday, I started to wonder how I became like that. And then I saw on a friend’s blackberry status, “if you can see it, you can achieve it”. Two years ago, this short quip would have made my stomach leap with possibility, but to be very honest, seeing it yesterday made my insides feel queasy. Then I thought about how many sermons I’d heard regarding this, and how many “sermons” even I’ve preached on the same topic and it really got me thinking. Are preachers then wrong when they encourage us to dream? Many of them build their ministries around the importance of dreaming and the power of God to move us from point A to point B, and we go home after each service feeling “wow, I can conquer the world!”

This is in fact a good thing; but when the road to conquering the world continues to appear endless, windy, and full of obstacles, one can easily lose steam and become frustrated. Focusing on the big picture alone can cause one to get worn out in the process. For example, it is possible to focus so hard on your weight loss dream that the learning of new eating habits is lost on you; were you to succeed at reaching that dream, it will be short-lived, and the weight will come back. Or, you may be focusing on the dream of becoming wealthy, but if you suddenly land into a wealth mine without having learned financial principles, you may squander it quickly and be back in the rat race not too long after you got off the tracks.

As far as this business of seeing and achieving goes, there are a few things I had dreamed and worked towards which haven’t happened, but I have also noticed that there are many things in my life that God has done for me, which I had no foresight about. Talk about God giving you surprise presents! Or, better put, God ordering the steps of the righteous, and daily loading us with benefits!

No, I am not speaking out of both sides of my mouth, or vacillating between two positions: “Dream!” “Don’t dream!” What I am saying is this, while we must dream, the focus of our dreams should be Yeshua! It is good not to settle for the status quo, not to limit ourselves, to want more. Matter of fact, God’s Modus Operandi (MO) is to give you above and beyond your dreams and desires; so dreaming is great for you! But another of God’s MOs is to let you walk in the dark sometimes, so don’t fret when that happens. Isaiah 50: 10-11 puts it very succinctly, indeed prophetically-

10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of his servant?

Let the one who walks in the dark, who has no light,

trust in the name of the Lord and rely on their God.

11 But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches,

go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.

This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.

What this means, for me, is that the Word will prove true, but the onus is not on you or on the dream to make it happen. Hence you cannot, must not, depend on the dream. We must depend on the Giver of the dream.

Trust

A famous Christian Saint is reported to have said “Love God and do what you like”; I say, regardless of the twists and turns you experience in life, “Remember that God loves you, and relax; then do what you like!”

That’s where I’m at right now.

Sophie Neeze

©2013

Image credits: Google Images.

 

 

15 comments to Trust The Dream Giver

  • Charles  says:

    Hey Sophie,
    It’s good to know “the rich also cry” in this case that those who motivate us have there low moments too.
    The best part of your advice is that one should relax…and I would make use of that.
    Thank you!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      God bless you Charles. We are glad it spoke to you. More grace!!!

  • Seun  says:

    That’s where I am right now too. 😀

    I wonder how Joseph felt as a slave about his big dreams. When our plans don’t go as we set them, it’s part of God’s plan. All things work for our good. There’s an expected end. We should Trust and Obey (Love God and everyone).

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks dear, Joseph’s story is a very tidy example of leaving the dream to the dream giver, see how things went topsy turvy, by all indications the dream was dead, but not in God’s eyes, He was working it out. If it was on the basis of X and Y adding up, Joseph was never going to be ruler as he saw in the dream. But trust the dream giver, God is definitely able to weave everything to bring the dream to come to pass. We rest in Him as we walk how we are led.

  • 3rdpart360  says:

    Oh! You are so blessed, Sophie et Eloxie! There really is nothing we can add to our lives with all the effort we put into it. Jesus made it clear in Matt 6:25-34, that all things work TOGETHER for our good.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      GBAM!!! TRULY All things work together for our good indeed. I’ve learned to leave the integrity of God’s word to Him. He is well able to make all things to work for our good to bring the dream to pass.

  • naijahusband  says:

    I’m at the point where I’ve asked God to make my dreams sync with his vision for me. Otherwise, I struggle between my own ambitions and seeking God’s purpose for my life

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Amen!!! thanks brother, that is such a lovely prayer, one I am adopting going forward. And thanks for the lovely surprise, great to have you stop by before your lovely wife, my sister, Naijawife. Appreciate you both.

  • naijawife  says:

    I’m such a chemist at heart that I can relate to this story. I always thought,”if I just do X and Y then Z will result and Q will bring me happiness.” But it’s just a lie. When you say “you start to believe even more in the efficiency of detailed planning, and you begin to obsess over the plans so much that you get fixated on the process at the expense of the product” you are describing me to a T! Hubs (who beat me to commenting on this blog today) likes to complain that I can ‘overplan’ things and find it hard to live on the spur of the moment…or simply put. to live in faith. Anyhoo, thanks for the encouraging word today!

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      My dear, I feel you all the way. I am somewhat like you, I am 100% analytic and so my mind works with processes and the X and Y gives Z principles. But God has slowed me down and made me understand that it is not entirely by my planning, yes it is okay and great to dream and plan but that He it is that works in the underlying processes and causes even my mistakes to work towards His good purpose. I can imagine how Naijahusband feels cos I have people in exact same shoes. God bless you for always reading and commenting. You know I appreciate you. Hugs!

  • James Melbin  says:

    Another reason why we should trust the dream giver, God, is by relying on what He have declared concerning us. He knows the plan that He has for us; plans of peace and not of evil, plans to prosper us and to give us an EXPECTED [good] END.
    That’s enough reason for us to trust him for a better dream and bright future.

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      You have spoken well. Thanks for reading and leaving such a concise summary. I appreciate you.

  • Debby  says:

    Dreaming and trusting the dream giver!
    Mmmmm
    What if I’m just being ambitious and God has no part in my dream?

    Thanks for the word though

    • Stupendous Grace  says:

      Thanks Debby. This post actually speaks of more than wishful thinking type dreams. It speaks about holding God to a God inspired dream. When God inspires a dream or a desire, it is His gift and He will bring it to pass. So it is our job to ensure we are aligned with God and receiving dreams from Him as the ‘dream giver’. Hope this helps. God bless you.

  • enajyte  says:

    I’m a planner. I plan to the nearest second. God has taught me time and time again that my plans are naught without him. Frail human that I am I keep forgetting. Thanks for this reminder to trust the dream giver who makes all things beautiful in His time.

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