It is not bad to dream big. In fact, I tell people to dream wild. Do not just dream of things that you KNOW you can achieve. If you are dreaming of owning a big car and you know that in some years you can own one then stop dreaming. Go under a tree, let a fruit hit you and behold, you may discover another law of gravity – I am not insinuating that Albert Einstein was a sluggard.
Dream big things, why dream of things that you well know you can achieve? If you have a plot of land, why dream that you will develop it? If you have a small car, why should you dream of owning a big car? Dream of owning an aeroplane. Visualize things that will make people say that you are just a mere dreamer. Visualize things that will leave people in awe and say it is impossible. Joseph was called the dreamer. And he was hated by his brothers for it. When others hate or look down upon you because of your dreams, know that you are in the right track. It is the tree that bears fruit that gets stoned. And faith is the belief of unseen things not the obvious things.
When I was in Sunday School in AIC Illasit, I was told to memorize this Swahili Bible memory verse from Jeremiah 33:3, “Niite, nami nitakuitikia, nami nitakuonyesha mambo makubwa, magumu usiyoyajua.” It is translated to English as “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” This verse has always bombarded my brain and for the longest time, I have been asking God, which mighty things these are.
I have always thought that one day I will wake up a rich man, I have always thought that I will have that Eureka moment and bam, I am the President of the world. I thought that someone would discover my talents and I would get instant recognition but woe unto me, it never happened. And then one day in silence, I thought of the story of Moses. Moses fled Egypt after taking the law into his own hands, thinking that God wanted to rescue the Israelites by killing the Egyptians.
He left Egypt when He was 40 years old and 40 years later when he was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, he saw a burning bush; his first encounter with God. I thought, “God really hates shortcuts huh? Do shortcuts delay dreams that much? Moses had to take another 40 years to encounter God? He had to start confronting Pharaoh while he has 80 years old?”
There were times I felt that I was stagnant in life. I was working very hard in life, acquiring skills, serving God and being in faith but my other counterparts were exceling in life. Their petals had blossomed into beautiful orchards but I was still below the ground struggling to sprout. I saw them in good jobs partying, going for road trips and indulging in debauchery. I was on the other hand deep in service to God and meditating but my life was a struggle – at least that’s how I saw it. I was also very sickly, I was in and out of hospital.
What I didn’t know was that I was taking root. While others were sprouting and blossoming in no time. I was growing downwards. I was taking root in Christ and in faith. God’s plan was not for me to intermittent but to be perennial. God never fashioned me to be an annual plant but a perennial one. Abraham was fashioned to be perennial – a father of many nations. God made him to take root deeper in faith so that he can blossom a whole generation. Though he constantly disobeyed God, he was willing to sacrifice the only son he had. We all know that no human being through his power can do this. This was made possible he took root in faith and because God was with him.
Jesus said in John 15:4-5, “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
A joke is said about two donkeys: “Two donkeys were walking down the road in Jerusalem one day. One of the donkeys said, “Wow, Yesterday I was carrying Jesus on my back, people were hailing me, screaming and shouting, Hosanna! Hosanna!! People even kept their clothes on the ground for me to walk on, and those who did not have any clothe had to put down palm leaves for me to walk on. But today, when I walked through the same road, nobody recognizes me, and no one even said anything to me.” The second donkey smiled and said, “Hmmmmm…. Don’t you know that you are nothing without Jesus?”
Sometimes we think that God has forsaken us. From the story of the two donkeys above, one may think that because Jesus left, we are now reduced to nothing. But Jesus said in John 15:26-27, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and will be in you.” Without Jesus, we are truly nothing but with the Spirit of Truth, we are truly in one with God because No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
Forget Science, forget statistics, forget the media, forget the propaganda that days are tough, the economy is bad etc. Enter this new realm, the realm of remnants. The realm where The Spirit of God that searches all truth reigns. Enter this realm where impossibility is a myth. Enter this realm where you get to know the deep things of God. Where nothing negative flows but goodness and mercy.
Keep dreaming (Not in the carnal way) but dream of great and mighty things. Indeed, “For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.” 1 Corinthians 16:9