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When Dreams Die…

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Fresh on the heels of being inspired to dream big by the book “Wide Awake“, a dose of reality hit this week.

A dream has died

Have you been there? Have you chased, to whatever extent, a dream you believed was something God laid on your heart. Did you finally come to the reality that it might have just been your dream and that, for now, your hearts desires and God’s plan are not on the same page? It can be defeating. Or, it can be a matter of perspective. Let me explain.

Have you ever heard the old joke about the guy that was convinced God would save him from a pending flood? A guy knocks on his door and says “there’s a flood coming, come with me and you’ll be safe”. The guy says “no because God is going to save him”.  Water rises and now he’s on the roof. Another guy comes by with a boat and makes the same offer, same result. Lastly a helicopter comes and offers, same result. The man dies, goes to Heaven and asks God why he didn’t save him. God replies “I tried 3 times! I sent that man, a boat and a helicopter”!

This week I came to the realization that my dream has been like that vision. I have been so busy praying for God to provide a sign, that I have been missing the ones he is sending. While that was met with a disappointment, I quickly realized that there is something better. There is a different adventure. The journey went right when I thought we were going left. All this to say, I believe a few things.

1. God asks us to be obedient

2. God asks us to be available

3. God asks us to be flexible

4. God asks us to be aware

If your dream recently died, don’t lose heart. If your dream isn’t reality, don’t lose faith. Be obedient. Be available. Be flexible. Be aware. You never know when that man, that boat or that helicopter could be delivering you the news of the dream that shares your hearts desire.

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Comments · 5

  • paul · July 15, 2009

    good word aaron. Just went through a similar experience. I like to say, “Good morning” to the dream, because dreams end in the morning, but you stand on the threshold of a new day! So BRING ON THAT NEW DAY!

  • Troy · July 15, 2009

    Hey, great post.. Very meaningful and can be applicable to so many!

  • Amanda Ragan · July 15, 2009

    Great post! I love it! What a blessing that no matter what happens, we always see God through it and because of it! Praise Him!

  • Chrystie · July 15, 2009

    Good stuff! I have definitely had “the dream” on my mind over the last couple of weeks as I prepare to go to She Speaks. I have wondered a time or thirty if I had veered off to the right when God was going left…I really love the points you made about being obedient, available, flexible and aware. Flexible is the one I struggle with most! Anyways…Great post!

  • DSJ · July 17, 2009

    I enjoy reading your blog, Aaron! This one hits close to home right now.

    I’ve been praying for a girl whose dreams were smashed a few years ago and it’s left her confused, frozen in fear and unwilling to trust in God’s plan for her life and her future. She is very special to me, and this breaks my heart. Please join me in prayer for her healing. Thanks much.

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