Read: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
We all have dreams for our careers, our spouses, our kids, our travel, our hobbies, our social status - the list goes on. And with those dreams, we set expectations of how we see our lives unfolding. For some of us, our dreams may even shape the way we see ourselves - so if our dreams fail, then we must be a failure, too. With so much pressure to live up to self-imposed expectations, the instinct to control the outcome is completely counterintuitive to leaving our dreams at the feet of Jesus.
But what would happen if we did lay our dreams down at the feet of Jesus? The Bible tells us that when we trust a good, loving God (who is more capable than we ever will be) of handling our hopes and dreams, we experience a supernatural freedom. We are freed from the impending disappointment that comes from dashed dreams, because we know God has something better for us. We are freed from the pressures of living a perfectly crafted life, because a perfect Savior has already done that for us. We are freed from the fear of failure, because in Christ, we’ve already won.
Our earthly dreams can come true or they can be shattered; but unless they pave the way for us to fulfill our God-given purpose, we can count them a loss. The truth is that our time on Earth is simply preparation for the very best life that awaits us on the other side. And no dream (big or small) can compare to the joy-filled life God offers to those who make it their goal to know, love and follow Him daily.
Pray: God, grant me the trust to place my dreams fully in your hands. Thank you for letting me dream big, but help me remember that my dreams do not define me. Even if my dreams fail, let me live without fear, focused on the eternal instead of the temporary. In Jesus’ name, Amen.