Most of you are probably aware of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. I love King’s dream speech for several reasons of course, but one reason being that he shared it with the world despite those who would disagree. Often I hear those words echo in my heart; I have a dream. I believe God has given each of us a unique vision, and he plans to fulfill every one of them (Philippians 1:6). God created us with purpose. Jeremiah 1:5 reminds us that he knew us even before he formed us in our mother’s womb. Not only are we known, but sanctified, set apart. He created us with a purpose to fulfill, a dream to pursue.
There are dreams God has spoken to my heart and yours as well and plans he’s whispered to us. Understand though, just because God has given us a vision doesn’t mean everyone will love or understand our dream. I’m reminded of Joseph and his dream in Genesis 37:5, “Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.”. Maybe you too have a dream God has birthed in you, and it’s caused some jealousy from others to well up. Genesis 37:18 “They saw him in the distance, and before he had reached them, they plotted to kill him.”. There will be people who love your dream, and those who want nothing more than to see it die but keep dreaming. The hatred towards Joseph’s dream landed him in a well, into slavery, in prison, but eventually into the palace. No man, woman, or weapon can stop what God has planned. Your job is to keep dreaming, seeking, and obeying. Maybe you feel like you’re in the pit, I get it, me too sometimes. But remember, God’s promises have a process just like for Joseph, so keep the dream alive, keep moving forward, and one day the palace of your dream will be the reality.
“The Lord of Armies has sworn: As I have purposed, so it will be; as I have planned it, so it will happen.” Isaiah 14:24