Where do you want to go? Carl questioned.
I quickly sank back into the covers, in deep thought of where we could spend the day.
My immediate thoughts were those stored in my memory bank. Past times of family days out, villages, towns and cities we’d visited, which were actually quite limited.
I don’t know. I can only think of where we’ve been before.
I was reminded of how true this is in our walk with God.
I wonder if we ever ask ourselves the question- where do I want to go?
Sound quite simple? How about this.
Where do you want to go, in life?
Maybe your response is limited within the remit of where you’ve already been. I wonder if your boundaries of what you think you could achieve, are confined to where you’ve been before- in other words, your comfort zone.
Have you ever thought about going somewhere new? How often when you’re willing to step out and venture onto a new place, a new adventure, something you’ve never done before- do you end up experiencing so much more than you could have imagined? I know sometimes they can be a flop and you wish you had have stayed within your boundaries- but you’d never know if you hadn’t have tried.
How will you grow if you aren’t willing to try anything new?
The bible tells us God can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.
Ephesians 3:20 (AMP)
Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly (immeasurably NIV) more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us,
Just ponder on that for a moment.
Superabundantly- plenty and in abundance. Immeasurably- without measure. More, not less than we dare ask or even imagine. Way beyond even our greatest hopes and dreams.
So why don’t we dare to dream? Dare to go somewhere we’ve never been? And I’m not just talking about a day out.
Is it fear that holds us back? Fear of failing? Perhaps your memory bank holds memories of failure or being told you are a failure? Have you become confined to those boundaries of where you’ve been before, now afraid to dare to dream again? To go where you’ve never been before? To dare to dream what you’ve buried so deep within your heart?
What about the dreams and visions you have for your future? Why shouldn’t you be bold enough, daring enough, to ask your Father in heaven for something immeasurably, superabundantly more than you could ask, dream, hope or imagine?
Why not dare to dream where your mind has never dared before?
Perhaps it’s reigniting that dream for the business again you always wanted to start?
Perhaps it’s dreaming to go to university when you always wished you had but perhaps fear got in the way?
Perhaps it’s owning your own home or signing up for that mission trip?
Perhaps it’s dreaming for children when all the professionals have told you its never going to happen?
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to travel?…
Whatever it is, I encourage you, to dare to dream to go where you’ve never gone before.
Avoid being stuck in the limited boundaries of where you’ve already been. The familiarity and comfortableness of past time memories. The safety and assurance of knowing the way because you’ve been down that road before. You know all the turn offs, the service stations and shortcuts. You know what’s there when you arrive. It’s a comfortable venture.
Well, what about going down a road where you have no idea what to expect? Placing your trust in God, that He will provide the way and the means, just as he did in those previous past times- some of which you now know to avoid.
If it’s in accordance with His will for your life and as it says in Eph 3:20 (to carry out His purpose), I am confident He will provide. Just as He has with me. I am glad though, that He also closed doors on paths I was not meant to go down. Paths I thought and dared to dream about, but were not the right timing. Paths that had I gone down at that time would have left my family in financial constraints as well as placing myself under immense amounts of stress and pressure.
|In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.|
By all means don’t hear me wrong and be reckless. Careful prayer and consideration before acting on a dream is essential.
But I’m asking you just to step out and make a start. Dare to dream big.
Where do you want to go today?…
Somewhere you’ve never been before?…