The little girl's eyes sparkled as she saw the pile of presents before her. That big shiny one looks like it might just be the doll she'd been waiting for. She rips the paper open and the box says, "Wendy Walking Tall"...she gasps and reaches for it, but first she has to lay aside the deluxe artist's kit that she had in her hands just moments before...
Can you feel the conflict? The letting go is risky, it's the part that, for me, is the scariest. What if you lose that which you were holding on to? What if what you're reaching for falls short of what you had? What if it is nothing like you really wanted even if it says so right on the box? Dreaming is risky business. To hold onto your dream, you're going to have to let go of something else.
These are the risks of the dreamer. The desire to go toward the dream has to be great enough that we are willing to let go of what we have right now. And that is so hard.
To live the dream of kids who are following Jesus with their whole heart
I will have to allow them to leave the house...perhaps the province....or the country.
To live the dream of writing a book
I will have to let go of distractions. (read Debi's post on that it's great!)
To allow my husband to live his dream
I had to give up the house we had just purchased a year before and move into the house where he grew up and become a farmer (one of those things I said I'd never do)
To live the dream of homeschooling all of our kids
I have to give up fitting in, face misunderstanding and possibly ridicule. I will have to give up the few hours of quiet I have gotten accustomed to.
Because we can't see what the full result of our actions we have to trust that this move that we're contemplating will be a good one (not unlike Candy Crush....waiting to make a power move, you know what I'm talking about) and not a crash and burn..(you failed to reach the goal!). I'm so glad God doesn't give us messages like that! No, He says, "I am for you, who can be against you" He says, "Nothing is impossible with me." He says, "I will work this out for good, even if it doesn't look like it right now." He says, "I will restore. I will redeem."
So, dear dreamer, consider the risk, weigh the outcomes but don't let the fear stop you from grabbing hold of the next present...it might be just what you've been waiting for.