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God Loves a Dreamer

Updated: Dec 12, 2018

By Hannah Sweet

When I was a little girl I had many dreams and aspirations. One of my biggest growing up was to be a trapeze artist. To me they were breathtaking, and fearless; everything I aspired to be. I was so adamant about being a circus performer I would often enlist my brother, Lukke, in creating our own “death-defying” circus acts. I am sure we gave our mother plenty of scares with those routines. Now that I am grown-up from a childhood that feels like a lifetime ago, I find myself still fearless and still very much a dreamer. My dreams of a circus life are tucked away in a special place in my heart. That isn’t to say they have been replaced, but instead growth gave way to new dreams; dreams of driving, college, boys, a career that didn’t involve spandex, dreams of family and a closer understanding of my faith.

The bible doesn’t have a lot to say, specifically on the subject of dreamers themselves, but it does have this to say:

Proverbs 16:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

9 A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them.

God doesn’t care whether my dreams are big or small, His grace will guide me. I firmly believe that although the Lord made me and has plans for me, he also values my independence. John 16:33 states that we should be courageous, be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy. I think what it’s saying is that we should follow our dreams and not be afraid of what might be. God gives us no more than we can handle, and it is my belief that he plants the seeds that dreams are borne from.

Listening to a song from the sensational hit, The Greatest Showman, I am reminded of the power of a dream.

‘Cause every night I lie in bed

The brightest colors fill my head

A million dreams are keeping me awake I think of what the world could be A vision of the one I see A million dreams is all it's gonna take

A million dreams for the world we're gonna make

Dream as if you'll live forever, because through Christ you will.

Dreams are the foundations of all that is and all that will be. There is nothing on this earth that did not begin as a dream. This devotional began as a dream, the church we attend began as a dream, and even you began as a dream. The bible may not mention dreamers, but the proof that we were intended to be dreamers is all around us. Walt Disney once said:

“All of our dreams can come true, if only we have the courage to pursue them.”

If we live right with God, then the words of Mr. Disney are assured to us.

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