Dreamer extraordinaire, Bob Goff, has a lot to say about what it means to dream. His dreams have led him to do unconventional and even crazy things. We’re not talking about a weekend adventure that sparks a new hobby. No. His dreams are like wildfire. They cannot be contained, and they impact the world!
While most of us love to dream and even think about what it would be like to impact the world (literally), the idea of a BIG dream that catches like wildfire can sound scary. It’s out of the controlled comfort zone that most of us live in.
But is a dream really big enough unless it causes your heart to skip a beat or two or 10? And if you can control everything—if you can live the dream in your carefully curated comfort zone—is it even a dream at all?
Let us help you here. The answer to both of these questions is NO.
When you really dare to dream, you’re stepping into a realm of faith that requires more than you have to give, more than you know and more than you figure out in one conversation over coffee. God designed it that way. He meant for you to dream, but He wants you to do it with Him.
Bob Goff puts it this way:
Every day God invites us on the same kind of adventure. It's not a trip where He sends us a rigid itinerary, He simply invites us. God asks what it is He's made us to love, what it is that captures our attention, what feeds that deep indescribable need of our souls to experience the richness of the world He made. And then, leaning over us, He whispers, "Let's go do that together.”
The model for daring to dream like this is Abraham. God said to Abraham, “I want to birth something great through you. Nations. People who will be mine, and I will be theirs. I’ll go with you. We’ll do this together.” This is a BIG dream! Yet in his relationship with God, Abraham discovered that this was who God made Him to be. He didn’t know it at first, but He trusted God and became the father of many nations.
As God shared His heart with Abraham, He planted the seed of a dream in him and invited Abraham to take a risk. This risk involved a total geographical change, hard decisions and a willingness to obey God when everything was uncertain and unknown. It required faith. So while there were things Abraham had to leave behind, God was with him every step of the way.
In the last blog, we looked at Abraham’s life to glean three things all dreamers must leave behind to move forward into what God had called them to. Now, let’s look at three things you gain as you step out in faith and into the dreamstream with God.
At 75 years old, Abraham was asked by God to do something of great risk and great significance. The dream was big. Abraham had to leave what was familiar, comfortable and planned for his own life in order to do it. But the risk came with the promise of a great reward: blessing that would spill out onto others.
In Genesis 12:2, God said to Abraham: “I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” Can you imagine?! Abraham’s willingness to say YES to God was more than a promise of a literal nation. God was inviting Abraham to put in motion a plan that would impact every generation of believers.
God may or may not call you to do what Abraham did. He may or may not call you to step out in faith with the promise of being famous. But God will always take your step of faith—your willingness to dream with Him—and use it to bless you and others. God’s dreams involve people because people are His passion.
Ask yourself: How do I see God’s blessing on my life and on others?
Write down the ways you’ve already been blessed and let expectation arise in you for even greater blessings that spill out God’s goodness onto others!
Abraham’s journey wasn’t a perfect one and it wasn’t without trouble. He had run-ins with rulers (Pharaoh in Egypt who wanted Abraham’s wife for his own), rescue missions (his nephew Lot who was living in Sodom and Gomorrah) and moments where he totally stepped outside of God’s clearly marked plan (sleeping with Hagar to get the son God promised he would have through Sarah). Each of these situations could have derailed his journey. Some could have cost him his life. Still, God was faithful to Abraham. He kept Abraham safe and moving toward the promised land, even after Abraham messed things up.
As you take steps of faith to follow the dreams in your heart, know this: you will make mistakes. Some of them will be big. BUT GOD! What He did for Abraham, He will do for you. He’ll bring you back onto the straight path and continue to direct your steps. He will keep you safe, even through the detours along the way.
Ask yourself: Where have I seen God keep me safe from my own bad decisions? Where have I seen Him keep me safe from circumstances around me?
Take note and give God thanks for His hand of protection! Ask Him to continue keeping you safe in the days and decisions ahead.
When God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac, it seemed like everything was coming to an end. Abraham had already weathered many difficulties, but this… this was different. Without Isaac, how could God fulfill His promise that Abraham would be the father of many nations?
This story catches our breath, every time we read it. The thought of sacrificing a child is nearly impossible to bear! And yet scripture says that when God asked Abraham to do this, Abraham didn’t delay. He left the next morning to do what God asked him to.
When he got to the place where Isaac would be sacrificed, he said this:
“Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then WE will come right back.” —Genesis 22:5 (emphasis added)
Did you catch that?! WE. Abraham’s years of walking with the Lord and seeing God come through every single time had built his confidence to the point where He was able to trust God in the face of something totally unthinkable. In this case, Abraham’s declaration of faith—WE will come back—implies this: he was so confident in God, that even if he had to sacrifice Isaac, God would resurrect him.
This is the kind of confidence that comes from taking steps of faith with God. It’s a confidence in God that gives you the strength to do risky things. Some may see it as boldness. Others as crazy faith. But you know it’s a deep confidence in God that keeps you moving forward.
Ask yourself: Where has my confidence been boosted because of God’s faithfulness?
Look for the little things, not just the big moments that build your confidence. This isn’t something that happens overnight, but in stages over time—just like it did with Abraham.
When you dare to dream, your faith will be tested. But it will also be strengthened. Steps of faith will lead you into the overflow of God’s blessings, the safety of His protection and the confidence to do what He’s called you to.
Each time you see God come through, make note of it. These moments will encourage you as you face your next challenge. And with every step, it will be easier and easier to trust Him with what comes next.
Here’s to dreaming with God!