God-Inspired Dreams Never ExpireBy Christian Coaching Christian Life Coaching
When we were children, dreaming was as natural to us as breathing. We had no problem envisioning all the various possibilities of life. We wanted to be doctors, nurses, astronauts and explorers. Nothing seemed impossible and our dreams were as big as the sky. Sadly, when we became adults, we started to believe it was time to “grow up” and become realists and leave the dreaming for children.
I believe you and I were born to dream. The childlike capacity to dream and explore is still there and, ever so often, we feel that spark or flicker. We get in touch with it when we see a billboard of a 94-year-old woman tossing a college diploma up in the air with sheer delight on her face. We experience it when we witness an unknown singer standing before a panel of judges and both the audience and judges stand to their feet applauding and cheering. We stand up and cheer with them! Once again, we see the impossible become possible, and for a moment, we begin to experience that childlike feeling again. Maybe the dream is possible and even for us.
The one thing I have learned about dreams is that a God-inspired dream never expires. I may change and my circumstances may change, but His heart and dreams for me do not. I came into this world “fully loaded” with dreams, destiny and purpose. In the book of Romans (11:29), we read that “the gift and call of God are irrevocable.” I do not know what irrevocable may mean to you, but the correct definition is to not be changed or unable to be reversed. In other words, it is final! Consider that for a moment. The One who flung the stars into space is not going to change His mind on how He wired you or the dreams He has in mind for you.
Your circumstances may change or even take you places that you never imagined, but the dream is still there. Okay, maybe you did not pursue that teacher’s degree or nurses or doctor’s degree, but in what ways can you still teach, nurture, care or bring healing to others? What part of it can you reclaim? You can ignore it, run from it, or dismiss it, but the dream is still there. A God-given dream never expires. You were meant to not only dream, but to live a life of great joy, meaning, and fulfillment. Time to dream again!
The only other dream I have ever had was to do something medical. I remember being in the health careers club in high school. This became more of a passion when I contracted Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at 24 years old and they did not know what was wrong with me. It took several years to get a diagnosis and there weren’t really any treatments other than one experimental treatment of injections of germanium which the FDA promptly took off the market. One of the main reasons that I did not pursue it was that there was no money for college or med school. I have a GED as I had to leave school to go to work. This past year I was hospitalized for several weeks in a mental hospital as I had become extremely confused and eventually failed all cognitive tests. Everyday we were asked what they could do for my treatment. I would write give me B12 shots. No one ever did. All of the problems were caused by B12 deficiency from pernicious anemia that had been diagnosed previously but insurance withdrew payment for the shots and the pre-digested iron. I felt that if insurance did not feel treating it was important then it must not be a problem. How absolutely WRONG that is. I had no treatment for at least 10 years. When I got out of the hospital I did research online about B12 deficiency and there was my story. I went to my primary care doctor and requested testing. It was indeed significantly low. God gifted me with the ability to diagnose not only my problems but those of others as well. When I lived in the NY area I used to send people who did not know what was wrong with them to the immunologist that finally did all the testing I requested and discovered that I indeed had CFS. I would send them with a list of what I felt they needed testing for. I was right on every occasion. It has been found on spiritual tests that healing is one of my spiritual gifts. I can’t really achieve anything medical at this point in life but I am also a survivor of physical and sexual abuse and rape. I am clean and sober over 30 years. I know that healing is possible through the grace of God and I know that art helps me deal with the chronic depression and anxiety I have from my experiences. Somehow I need to find a way to connect with those that I could help. Without a degree in Art Therapy (which requires a Masters level education) I do not know how this is going to be possible but I have read Holly Gerth’s book about God-sized dreams and somehow, someway I know that if He has put this dream in my heart than He will show me the way to make it come true.