Thursday, January 8, 2009

2009: a year of dreams

And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Joel 2:28

Over the years, I’ve taken my fair share of self-assessments and strength-finder tests through various employers and organizations. And I’ve been told I have an ability to apply logic and intuition to put things together—often to see how certain actions may play out three or four steps ahead.

In the business-world, this has served me well. My clients count on me to identify potential obstacles and hurdles that could impact marketing campaigns, for example, and develop strategies that are more likely to succeed.

If you’ve been following things here at cross the road over the past month, you’ll know that I have been struggling with dreams – or more specifically, my lack thereof. For some time now I have been living a life of contentment—satisfied with small steps, comforted by the safety of routine. But my friend TK has challenged me to dream God-sized dreams… that even at my “advanced age” I was still being called upon to make the world a better place.

While visiting Seedlings in Stone the other day, I came to the realization that this ability to apply logic and intuition to see several steps ahead was holding me back. I was afraid to accept a dream if I didn’t see how it could be achieved.

In other words, I was failing to allow for the presence of God.

My God defies logic. My God is not limited by my degrees of intuitiveness. He moves mountains. Defeats death. Loves the broken. Loves even me.

If I wanted to dream God-sized dreams, I needed to let go of my Ed-sized imagination.

And you know what… I do have dreams. I have no idea how they will ever come to life, but I am ready to go at it. Stay tuned…


Anonymous said...

i think that God is going to give you a whole bunch of wonderful dreams to share.


flyawaynet said...

I don't have time to read,.. ok, I didn't really have time to comment either but I just had to drop a note.
Just last night I wrote about dreams as well and I'm really excited to read this post. God has amazing timing. It's always exciting when He speaks something to me and I see it show up in other places.

trace said...

I AM staying tuned...more than just via the blog if you get my drift...! Dream on, dream on, dream on, dream until your dreams come true (wild lead guitar wailing)

wilsonian said...

Lean into it, Ed. Lean into it.

Kansas Bob said...

Really good stuff Ed.. reminds me of Einstein when he said "Imagination is more important than knowledge".

L.L. Barkat said...

Hey there. Just a note to say I featured you today at High Calling Blogs. Usually we only feature members, but I expanded the envelope this time since I was doing something fun (Random Acts of Poetry: Dreaming in the Comment Box).