Our Response When Dreams Die
As the disciples rode the dusty coattails of Jesus’ rising influence, their dream of being a part of a powerful new king’s kingdom was crushed as Jesus hung on the cross and died. I’m sure they were quite perplexed, grappling with their own selfishness, misunderstanding, and muttering Jesus’ words repeatedly in their minds like hands crumbling dry earth off a hard pebble.
Have you ever been there?
Life wasn’t supposed to turn out like this, some of us might say.
They couldn’t understand the miracle quotient, and typically neither can we.
Who knew Jesus’ great vulnerability, accepting the kiss of betrayal and all it meant, was the exact vehicle for God to show His boundless love to humanity and His power over death and sin.
His true purposes could only be revealed to the disciples’ hearts after the old dream died.
When Jesus was miraculously raised to life, their thinking was challenged. They were asked to become more mentally flexible by accepting both the harsh realities of this world and the unexplainable power of God.
Sound familiar, again?
The disciples’ earthbound dream was transformed. Certainly, Jesus was a king but of an unperishable, spiritual, kingdom of much greater importance than they could have ever imagined.
What dream is God asking you to let die today so he can transform it into something you could never have anticipated?
Embrace the uncertainty of this season. Mourn the loss of the dream. Recognize the remnant of selfishness laced in the old dream. Present it to God. Repent. Wait on God’s power to move on your behalf and listen to His voice for the next best step.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV