Shouldn’t your God-given dream, purpose, or calling come easy?
Seven years ago God gave me a huge dream for ministry. In it I saw myself on stage in a big arena preaching His word and making a great impact for His kingdom. I thought, Watch out Beth Moore here I come! Seven years have passed and so far no big arena, which often leaves me wondering why God gave me such a big dream.
I wish my story was unique, but I meet frustrated dreamers all the time. So why does God give us big dreams and then let us fall into pits of hopelessness over them?
One of my favorite Bible stories is about a dreamer named Joseph. God gave him a big dream in which his brothers bowed down to him. The next thing he knew, his jealous brothers threw him in a pit, sold him into slavery, and then he was hauled off to Egypt. I’m sure this wasn’t the outcome he expected.
After studying Joseph’s life and comparing it to mine, I’ve come to realize that a big dream is often what God gives us to get us moving in the right direction. I have to admit that I wouldn’t have left my successful secular career for anything less than a big dream. In Joseph’s case, Egypt was the right direction and the pit was just the first stop.
I believe every dreamer can make their way out of the pit and back onto the road toward their dream by learning from these three pitfalls:
1) Thinking it’s going to be easy. This is the biggest trap the enemy sets and the place most dreamers quit. Don’t give up! It’s worth the fight or God wouldn’t have given you the dream in the first place!
2) Thinking others will support your dream. Joseph’s lack of support from his brothers was what catapulted him in the right direction even though it may have seemed like the wrong direction.
3) Thinking hardships aren’t part of the process. Joseph faced many hardships before his dream ever came true. These hardships shaped his character so he could be the right person for his God-given dream.
Today if you find yourself stuck in a pit with your God-given dream looming so far ahead that it seems impossible to reach, just remember you are one step closer to it today than you were yesterday!
Keep dreaming my friends!