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Life’s Greatest Adventures Begin with A Dream
Grandmothers teach us so many powerful lessons.
In the squalor of her ramshackle home in Querétaro, Mexico, Alejandra knelt beside her makeshift bed with an open bible. Her grandparents were sleeping, and only the dim light of a kerosene lamp shone upon each page. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in his law, he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper,” (Psalm 1:1-3 NKJV).
God was speaking, and His words were not lost on young Alejandra. She understood the significance of what she was reading. If she turned away from worldly temptation and put her delight in the LORD – if she pondered on His precepts and promises day and night, whatever she put her hands to do would ultimately prosper. Since her parents were killed in an accident, Alejandra’s dream was to make a better life for herself and her grandparents. Faith in God’s Word allowed Alejandra to believe He could make it happen. She so wanted a better life for herself and her grandparents
The next morning she watched as her Abuelita’s (her grandmother) brown weathered fingers looped and arranged colorful ribbons in a row. She was making a Mexican ragdoll. Bright scraps of cloth and thread lay across Abuelita’s lap as she formed a little dress and sash to complete the look she was after.
‘No one can ever appreciate the skill and love that goes into these dolls’ Alejandra thought to herself as she watched her Abuelita sew. This gave Alejandra an idea and excitement began to bubble up inside of her.
When the old woman cut the last thread, she handed the doll to Alejandra.
“Gracias, Abuelita!” Alejandra exclaimed, giving her a hug. “Someday I’ll make dolls as wonderfully as you! I’ll take our dolls to market and Jesus will help us sell them — I’m sure of it!” Abuelita smiled. She loved her granddaughters’ enthusiasm. She was going places this little one of her heart.
Ever after, Alejandra applied herself to become as wonderful a doll-maker as her Abuelita, and she prayed over each doll she stitched. Whenever doubt crept in and she began to doubt her dream, she’d turn to God’s promise “Delight yourself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him and He shall bring it to pass,” (Psalm 37:4-5 NKJV). She would never give up until she fulfilled her God-given dream.
What is your dream?
Are you willing to put in the work and trust in the Lord to bring it to pass? The promise of blessing is tied to work. If you’re not planning on doing anything, don’t expect God to bless you.
Life’s greatest adventures begin with a dream. Dreams are unique and specific to you just like your fingerprints. Don’t let anyone or anything rob your dreams and don’t allow your lack of resources to steal them away from you. A Dream not acted upon is stolen already. God put that dream, that passion in you, he gave you that gift.
… God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know Jeremiah 33:3
Now unto Him, that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Eph 3:20
So, dream your dreams, but then do the work, work bears within it the seed of a miracle. Ask the Father who birthed that idea in you, the Father that gave you that gift to grant you favor with the person you are about to meet, the blog you are about to start, the book you are about to write, the restaurant you are about to open, whatever it is take God with you – you will not fail.
Michelangelo once said. “The danger is not that we could dream too high and fail, the real danger is that we dream too low and succeed.”
It does not matter what the dream is, if God places it in your heart as he did for Alejandra, and if you do not despair, do not give up – he will bless your dream.