It felt like I was giving it all up, dreams, fun, pursuing being paid for something I believed worthwhile and was good at. – ‘How do you follow your dreams?’
The pressure to leave what I felt drawn to do, loved to do and found purpose in, came from all sides. I had to take a job that meant less time to do the things I loved and felt called to. Would I let it go? Who did I think I was anyway? Did I have to bury my dream and watch it die?
But as I was pushed from all sides I found after a while new growth happened. I found strength and focus. A new clarity where once things felt vague. The pressure and limitations made me focus on the essential. Determination to chase the fun and the plans God had for me birthed something new and uncovered an old dream.
A dream needs to be buried to grow, left to germinate in the soil, the difficulties become redirections not dead ends. The critics forge a determination to do the next right thing. The external pressure builds around until your internal pressure can’t not grow. Something pushes through like a shoot from a buried bulb.
Whilst I know that God sometimes equips us to do the impossible, he also uses the everyday pressures and movements of our life if we allow him. To shape us, move us forwards and turn us to what he has us to do for him and for others. He can take the gifts he gave us, the education we had, the skills we honed and people we serve and we get to honour him and others with those. There are gifts that he has given us and we get to decide what to do with them.
Maybe you see a pattern in your life, a calling forward in a certain area.
Perhaps there is something buried in the soil of your heart that is growing.
Maybe there’s a dream that needs training, pruning and watering with prayer. Surrender it to the soil of your heart and God and see what God does.
A dream buried may be the very thing it needs to come alive.
What dreams have you buried? Could you make a small step towards growing them? Who could help you? Who could you serve with your dream? What is God growing in you?
Following your dreams?
You are not alone in this, we need you to share your gift with us. The world needs you to come alive. Bring your gift, your voice, mind, art and hands. There are more of us for you than against.
If you need some further encouragement – look at this:
This magazine was a buried dream, long-forgotten, it took time, misdirection, training, knowledge, surrender, prayer, pruning and watering. I never thought it would happen either – but here it is.