Keep the Dream Alive
Yesterday, while I talked with a young man, we spoke about his dreams and desires to get his business up and going. A nice young man, I later found out that he had beliefs similar to mine; he understood that his desire to open a business was a dream that God had placed within his heart.
While we chatted on, he looked at me; a serious expression came across his face. “When did you know you had enough?” he asked. I stared at him, not really sure what he was asking me at first; then I understood that he was questioning me about leaving my long time career, security, and everything I knew for so many years.
“When did I know it was time to leave insurance?” I asked him. I wanted to make sure we were talking about the same thing.
“Yes,” he said to me; Tom said nothing else, and his face grew distant as if he were deep in thought.
“You know Tom,” I said to him, “I always thought I would retire in the industry and stay with the agency I was working in until that time; but one day, I realized I hated the job.”
“Yes, I know how you felt,” he said.
“But at the same time, I was working with my hubby on doing small movie shorts, and scripts, and God put in my heart to write,” I told him. Tom shook his head up and down.
“I feel the same about my business,” he said sadly.
Of course, now I love to give testimonies for God and show his great love; this was the perfect time for me. As I always say in my blog, God is good and although things might not look like they are working for me, He sees all, and if I are faithful, listen, and follow Him, I sincerely believe he helps me fulfil my desires.
We spoke about how tough trying to follow your heart was, and how it seems that everything comes against you when you are trying to reach out to fulfill what God has put in your heart. I reminded him, that the god of this world does not want to see us succeed. He knows that once enough people start to show God’s great love, His mercy, and His goodness towards us, through their testimonies, he, the devil, will lose the hold that he has on our life, allowing us to impact those around us.
“God needs those that are strong and willing to believe in him, regardless,” I said to him.
“I agree Zola,” he said. I watched as his mood grew worse, “so many people are against me though; even my own family,” he told me unhappily.
“That is the way it is sometimes,” I told him. He stared at me as if confused. “Well remember Joseph in the bible; his family did not believe him either, but look what happened with him.”
As if he received a great revelation, Tom smiled at me and said, “That is so true Zola.”
If you know Joseph’s story, you realize that because of Joseph’s prophesy that his family would one-day bow before him, his brothers, grew jealous, and sold him to the Egyptians. However, many years later, his family did bow at his feet; just as he told them they would. God is faithful, although it might take some time to see the manifestation of his blessing; I know they will come.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (KJV) “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Like Tom, sometimes those we look to for encouragement, will not understand the desire God has placed within us. I told him, the most important thing we have to remember is, Not to try to understand why others do not want to inspire our dreams; it is to keep the dream that God has given us alive. They do not know the deep stirrings within our heart. The words of others cannot keep us away from reaching our desires if God has placed them there.
Although I speak of dreams and desires of the heart, I need to say that not everything we feel or long for is from God. Before we truly hold tight to them, we need to pray over them and consider God’s word. Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV) 8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” God will not give you a dream that hurts another.
At the end of the conversation, his sadness grew into joy, and he thanked me. He already knew everything I told him, but sometimes it helps if someone reminds you. Keep God’s dream alive.