I'm sad to say I'm not sure if anyone is expecting much these days except for protests, fear and more COVID cases. With the uncertainty of what daily life is going to look like in the near future, or in our Nation, there seems to be a lack of momentum and a lot of nervous smiles when people talk about the future. Families are staying home and the majority of Americans are putting their faith in the daily news which promotes this mindset every day. I admit to getting caught up in it and, have felt stuck a few times during this pandemic. I'm guilty of putting to much focus on what life is going to look like 6 moths from now rather than staying present in today.
Thing is, I have dreams. They are dreams that have been birthed over time and solidified through prayer and confirmation. The path was paved through a thought popping into my head, then someone saying I have a natural talent, articles dropping in my lap, people drawing out my dream through prophetic insight and other sudden and unexpected affirmation. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my dream is set and I have a GO to invest in making it happen.
When COVID-19 hit and everything stopped, I didn't think twice about it, I thought it would all blow over soon. Now, here we are four months later and I have to ask, is pursuing my dream worth it? Is this realistic? Will it make a difference? I think you have been asking some similar questions. The majority of what we do, on a daily basis, and the decisions we make, are to influence the future. We go to college and work hard for a career that can set us up for a comfortable retirement. We diet, read self-help books, go to church and try to make decisions today that will give us and our families the best, tomorrow. This is how our world has developed into what it is. Every day people are creatively inventing their tomorrows. Technology is being created today to influence our tomorrow, 25 years from now, 50 years from now and 100 years from now. Dreaming never has to stop and it shouldn't. I even dare to say, we need to dream bigger and more often, now, because the world needs something to look forward to, something to expect!
I know God doesn't want us to stop dreaming. How do I know? In Jeremiah 29:11 He says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." I'm reminded of Thomas Edison who made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb. As a matter of fact, his school teachers said he was, "too stupid to learn anything", and he was fired from his first two jobs for being unproductive. He had negative words spoken over him but he had a dream, he had vision. He looked to the future and saw the possibility of the light bulb and tried 1,000 times to make it happen. His name is on 1,093 patents, he was a dreamer an inventor. Can you imagine dreaming that big and failing 1,000 times. Can you imagine having such great confidence and hope that determines you to never give up? Heck, I give up on a diet if I don't see results after the first week. Thomas Edison's failed attempts set the foundation and paved the way for those who came after him. He was a forerunner, a groundbreaker, an overcomer. I'm inspired that my failures still have the power to influence the future, for good, when I partner with the Holy Spirit.
I've learned, recently, that no matter what the world looks like around me, I have to be true to who I am and follow my dreams. I do not have a desire to invent a futuristic light bulb, but my dream is just as important because it was planted in my heart by God. The recipe used by God to create me unique, along with my life experiences, has been forged together. The forging has sealed my gifts and talents along with my passion painting the dream in my heart and mind. If I do not look toward the future and work to see my dreams fulfilled, I will wilt as a flower under the blistering sun. Won't you? Please, stop right now to take a moment to close your eyes and think about your dreams. Where are you in pursuing them? The world needs them to be fulfilled. Only you can do it, only you can carry your unique gift into the future. Only you can leave your unique fingerprint and legacy on the world.
I am expecting a miracle and you can too. We can stand with our heads high, expecting the promises of God in our lives to be fulfilled. "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my savior and my God." Psalm 42 is the home of this beautiful lament. It goes on to declare deep calls unto deep and the deep longing in my heart to fulfill the God birthed dream, is crying out to the deep and vast presence of God to hold me. It cries for God to give me a glimpse of how the investment I am making today is going to impact the world in the future. The chorus, "deep cries out, deep cries out to deep. Deep cries out, deep cries out to deep." races through my head. I cry out to the Lord to give me the strength and courage to stand and declare, a miracle is coming, because it is true. I am expecting the best. I am expecting my dream to come to fruition and my hearts desire to be fulfilled. Are you?
I hear in my spirit, "be intentional", "make the most of each day", "stay present", "stay thankful". Let's celebrate the future together. Let's rise in beauty, purity, confidence and tenacity. Let's expect a miracle and change our world!