Have you ever noticed how many ‘inspirational’ pictures have the statement “Follow your dreams”? I noticed yesterday, when I was doing the grocery shopping, that even in the supermarket home-ware section there were little plaques, beautifully made I might add, with that statement on them. It’s guaranteed that almost every time you log into social media, whichever one you use, that you’ll see lovely photos with this uplifting, encouraging, inspirational quote.
So why does such a positive, empowering statement feel not quite ‘complete’ to me? It feels as though something’s slightly ‘off’ when I read it.
I was thinking about it this morning and realised what it is!
As a child of God, I want to follow His dreams. Not mine. I want to know what’s on His heart and run after those things.
Jesus set an example for us in this: John 4:34 “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”
His disciples were urging him to have something to eat, but Jesus was completely focused on doing what was on His Father’s heart first, it was what sustained him and kept him going.
Not that I should give up eating or become a driven, automaton – God doesn’t want religious ritual, He wants hearts.
God says to us in Isaiah 55:8,9: “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Proverbs 3:6 “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
We can trust God’s dreams and plans far better than our own!
Jill McIlreavy 💜