BORROWED DREAMS, LOST DREAMS
FALSE DREAMS, PURE
DREAMS, GOD’S DREAM
JJ Daniel, Washington
Ruth was a woman with a broken, crushed and dead dream; she
had no vision, no direction and no hope. You all know the story of Ruth, her
husband died, and she had no children; in that day and culture women were not
the independent ‘power-women’ that we have today; they were totally dependent
on their husband, and didn’t work outside the home (Proverbs
31 tells us what a good woman looked like in Bible days; a real “wonder
woman”!). If their husband died, the sons took responsibility for her.
Not only did Ruth have no husband and no children, but her father-in-law also
died, and her brother-in-law. There were three women alone, with no way to
survive. Ruth’s sister-in-law, in the same situation that Ruth was in chose
to go back to her parent’s home for a safe covering (note:
we hear nothing more about her). Ruth was in a foreign land
with her mother-in-law, and made the choice to stay there with her and serve
her God. So all of a sudden, Ruth was responsible for herself and her
mother-in-law – with absolutely no resources.
Ruth’s mother-in-law Naomi changed her name to Mara that means
“sorrow” – she also had no hope or dream; she gave up and wanted to die –
Ruth did not.
Proverbs 29:18 says: “Without vision, my people
The word “perish” means “to throw off restraints”. If you
don’t have a picture of where you are going, you won’t recognize it when you
get there – amen? Just like running in a race… if there is no
direction, no finish line – you will flounder around like a
fish-out-of-water. It is vital to this race called life – to have a dream.
get back to Ruth’s story in a bit).
Sometimes we are born with a dream (perhaps always), but
often our dream is changed and rearranged by the circumstances of life. When
children are three or four, they will usually tell you, with confidence what
they will be when they “grow up.” A
fireman, a policeman, a soloist or pastor or… “Just like my dad.” That first dream can be the purest form of
God’s dream for that child. Then life happens!
Parents are instructed to “Train
up a child in the way they should go…” this Scripture literally means “train the child according to their bent.” Look for the giftedness that God planted in
them – the giftedness paints a picture of God’s plan for their future. Some parents
get this and do a good job of it; sadly, others don’t take that kind of time
to know their children. Parents will influence their children’s dreams and
help form them, right and wrong.
A lot of us paint our own dream, and it often comes from a perspective
built on how we see our self, or what we’re comfortable with; our
insecurities and our own wants play a part in the picture that we paint. A
simple example: If we love warm weather, the sea and sand - we might decide
that God surly wants us to serve in Hawaii. J
By the time we graduate from hi-school and are ready to step
into the next season of life, our dreams can be quite clouded and even
confusing and frustrating. Sometimes we carry a dream that resembles God’s
dream for us, sometimes it’s quite different. Some will have years of healing
to overcome misguided dreams, before they can clearly see God’s plan for
If you read
Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in the mind of man,
but it is His purpose that prevails.”
Some people have a dream ignite on the inside of them, when
they first come to know Jesus in a personal way, and at that moment the dream
is pure. It might not be complete, He seldom gives details of our future –
but never-the-less, what He does show us is a glimpse of what He has in mind.
Then… again, life happens! People
come along and tell us that we “can’t” or that “won’t work” or that we could
“never do that” – and the dream clouds up. Then we take a look at where we
are most comfortable and think we have a handle on what God wants us to do (there
is some truth to that; but keep in mind that He is constantly growing us and
changing us and molding us. If we are growing in Jesus, as we should be - in
five years, we’ll not be the same person that we are today).
I won’t take the time or space to share details here, but I
clearly remember the day that I shared a “dream” with someone in my life – a dream
that was clearly from the Lord. A vision for local Christian television. What
I heard was – “That cannot be done
here!” By this time in my life I’d learned that when GOD says “do this” –
it really doesn’t matter what man’s opinion is. The second “you can’t” that I
ran into was from the TV-station’s manager: “You can’t do music here, we’re not set up for it. It can’t be done!” Being confident that this dream/vision was
totally from God (soooo much bigger than
anything we could do on our own!!!) we moved forward with that
dream in spite of the “you cants” -
and that television ministry is now 12-years old. Our music program ran five
years and was the most popular program in the 25-year history of the station.
When it is GOD’S PLAN all He needs is a willing and obedient vessel; HE makes
it happen! (No one involved with this ministry
takes credit for what HE has done; none of us knew what we were doing, and
there was no one there to teach us. We knew how to pray, and we trusted God
Sometimes well-meaning people try to encourage us by telling
us we’ll do this or that - or that we’ll follow in our parent’s footsteps,
etc. And our dream takes on a few of those colors and begins to take on its
own nature; sometimes God’s dream, sometimes partly right, sometimes a false
When you are an insecure person, or someone who sees them self
in a narrow box, you might BORROW a
dream from someone else. You might see someone in ministry, a preacher, a
worship leader, a Sunday school teacher, and so on… And decide that you want to do that!
Well, that’s not all bad, if they are a godly person; The apostle Paul
said that we should follow him, as he follows Jesus Christ – so it’s okay to
have role-models, actually we are ALL
suppose to live our life as an example of Jesus. However… if we pick up a
dream and try to wear that and it’s not God’s dream for us – we will find our
self in the middle of frustration!
We will take two steps toward that dream and five steps back; we’ll try to
bulldoze doors down and hit a brick wall. When we have hold on God’s dream
for us – it just comes together, IN HIS TIME -
like the domino effect.
Habakkuk 2:2-3 AMP says “And
the Lord answered me and aid, write the vision and engrave it so plainly upon
tablets that everyone who passes may (be able to) read (it
easily and quickly) as he hastens by.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end (fulfillment);
it will not deceive or disappoint.
Though it tarry, wait (earnestly)
for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its
The Living Bible says: “…and it won’t be a single
The dream has an “appointed time” – and it WILL be “on
time!” Whatever your dream is today,
I pray that it is clearly God’s dream for you. It is HIS DREAM, HIS PURPOSE
for you that is the very best life you can have – and if you are running
toward that vision, you WILL arrive, and right on time!
We all make wrong turns in life, bad choices – and sometimes
circumstances come that are not of our making, still they affect our life.
Divorce for example – is devastating to all involved, and can absolutely
crush a dream; the death of a loved one brings the same effect. We can be
left feeling that “it’s all over” –
“now I’ll never do what God had planned
for me.” WRONG!!! The circumstances of your life will never
take God by surprise. He didn’t design you with a purpose that demanded
perfection; if He did that, no one would ever complete what He designed them
Isa 46 says that He forms us in the womb, He brings us forth –
and He carries us along every day, even when our hair is white from age! (and I’m sure that He even knew about ‘Miss Clairol” to hehehe!!) . That same passage of
Scripture goes on to say… “I know the end from the beginning” and
God, and I do what I want!” No
matter where life has taken you - His purpose for your life is still intact!
Please don’t allow the enemy to push you around with thoughts
of “too late”, “too old” – “no plan!!” –
“too many mistakes!!” It’s not
truth! As long as you are on this
planet - God has a plan, a dream for you!!
Okay, back to Ruth (quickly, and winding up): Ruth’s life
was in shambles. No hope, no future, no dream. BUT… GOD!!! I LOVE the Book of Ruth; her story
illustrates just how the Father takes care of His children… even when we
can’t see His plan. He is working it out He plan for
each of His children, and unfolding it in front of us. Ruth was simply trying
to meet the need, and take care of Naomi (Do what your hands find to do today,
and you’ll run right into purpose!!). Ruth made the choice to stay, take care of Naomi, and serve
God, without a plan! She just happened to go into this one field to pick up the wheat left behind by
the harvesters. The land-owner just happened to notice her one day… and
just out of nowhere did something he’d probably never done before: He told
the harvesters to leave extra wheat in the field for her “on purpose” (that
will preach all on its own!!) God was looking after Ruth
and Naomi, and He used this land-owner, Boaz to do that. As the story unfolds
we find that Boaz was a distant relative, and eventually marries Ruth and
takes care of her and Naomi. GOD
HAD A PLAN! His plan didn’t end
because of the death of the husbands, the laws of the land or the culture of
the people. His plan was intact
all the time and it was good! Note that Ruth got to “purpose” without
having a vision or dream, she simply did what her
hands found to do, and lived for God – each day.
You may not have a clear vision or dream for your life – but
GOD DOES! And, it is HIS
JOB to bring it about, and He said that HE WILL. Your job is to “seek
first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be
added to you.” (Matt 6:33). Trust Him – seek
to Know HIM – He’ll do the rest!
I know people who are sitting on the side lines - waiting for
a dream to unfold. It might be God’s dream for them, and it might not be –
but either way… They are doing nothing at all! Just waiting… seems like
a deception of the enemy to me!
What are you doing for the “kingdom’s sake” today? The Bible says “Do
what your hands find to do, and do it whole-heartedly, as unto the Lord’.
If you are YOUNG and waiting to get “older”
to do what the Father has for you… WHY?!
His plan for you started with your first breath! He has a plan for you TODAY!
If you are SINGLE and waiting to be married
before you “do” anything that counts in the Kingdom…
WHY?! What will be your explanation when you
stand before the Father? “Well God, if you had given me a husband (or
wife), I would have obeyed you!” ??? Do you expect Him to accept that? If you are single – He called you as
a single person! Do what your hands
find to do today! If He has a
partner for you, you’ll run right into them, while you are busy doing what
your hands find to do today!
If you are OLDER and think that it’s “too late” or you are “too old” … you are simply wrong! Seasons change and they might not look
like they did 20-years ago – nevertheless, He has a plan for you today! How could you serve Him today?
If you are WIDOWED or DIVORCED… Let Ruth’s
story speak to you, and get back in the race! It’s not over until Jesus comes to take you home!
If you feel that you have NO DREAM – sometimes that the best
place to be; God’s dream won’t have to compete with a false dream! ASK HIM to reveal His purpose to you… HE
WILL!! And GET BUSY with TODAY!
29:11 “I know the thoughts that I
have toward you, says the Lord; they are good and not evil, to give you a
future and a hope!”
If the family-of-God would simply get busy doing what He has
already given (written to us) to do, we would each run
right into the purpose He designed us for. He already, clearly told us what
He expects of us:
Love God more than anyone else; and love
your neighbor as yourself.
Praise Him, Worship Him
Study His Word
Spend time getting to know Him
Do good to others, especially those in
the household of faith
the needs you see
pray without ceasing
give thanks in all things
don’t fellowship with darkness
live a holy, separated life
heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out
If we just take TODAY and do ALL that He asked us to do – we won’t
find time to worry about tomorrow, or next year!
God promises you GRACE
for TODAY; MERCY for TODAY;
DIRECTION for TODAY. And He tells us
not to worry about tomorrow – HE’S GOT IT!!
DREAM PEOPLE!! Dream
God’s dream – and watch HIM unfold it in front of you, as you simply do what
your hands find to do today, whole heartedly unto Him.