Let’s get specific. When I say God has dreams for you, what exactly are they?
1. God dreams for you to be Beautiful. In Genesis 1:31 He pronounced us “very good.” Isaiah 61:3 says that he will bestow on us a crown of beauty instead of ashes and that we will be a display of his splendor. Does this mean we should all be winning beauty pageants? No. But it does mean there is a beauty bestowed by God in you.
2. God dreams for you to be Relational. Now, the creation narrative is a fairly short part of the Bible. The language is tight and compact, and yet Genesis 2:18-25 slows the story down a bit and explores the search for a suitable companion. The woman was unique, irreplaceable, and a source of deep connection among all creation. She was Adam’s equal. Made to come along side, help, bring a wholeness and completeness that nothing else could. We express this relational part of ourselves in many ways, but it is an essential part of who we are.
3. God dreams for you to do meaningful work. Genesis 2:15 tells us that God placed us in the garden (that God planted) to “work it and take care of it.” We all have work to do every day. You have an essential role to play in your world. You have work to do. Are you doing the work God dreams for you or are you living a smaller dream? It’s not about the paycheck, it’s about the impact.
4. God dreams for you to nurture or be a care-taker. The second half of Genesis 2:15 says we were to take care of the garden. That drive to nurture, to take care of something or someone is about more than just work. From our earliest days, we all possess a desire to nurture, to protect. This is another way we live out God’s dream for us over the course of our lives.
5. God dreams for you to be a life-giver. Does this mean all of us should have as many children as possible? I don’t think so. Eve was the mother of all the living and the first expression of God’s dream for us to be life-givers. But God’s dreams for us are even bigger than that. In Isaiah 54:1-3 God says,
1 “Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the LORD.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
What’s he talking about? A spiritual heritage. You are made to be a life-giver. God has big dreams for you. How are you cultivating life in the people around you? From feeding the hungry to cheering on the dreams of a dear friend to holding the hand of a grieving person, you are made to give life. It’s hard. It’s a profound miracle. It’s essential to who we are.
Friend, God has dreams for you. Let it sink in. Let it give you hope and fill you with anticipation.
Next time we’ll look at the process for bringing these dreams to life.