A few days ago, our nation celebrated Martin Luther King Day. Being of that era, I can remember his "I have a dream" speech.
Thinking of his speech as we begin 2013, I began to wonder what dream it is God has placed in each of our hearts. In Jeremiah 29, the Bible says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Holding tight to the promise God does indeed have a plan for our lives, we can begin to dream. Have you begun to dream for 2013? What is it that God has placed on your heart for this year? Is it perhaps finding more time to just be with your family? Is it perhaps to work with a particular charity or organization? Is it to go back to school? Is it to be a better you in so many different ways? What is the dream that is burning on your heart?
If you are hearing these questions and your answer is "I don't know," that is OK. I would encourage you to take some time in prayer and quiet with God and just ask him to help you hear his dreams for your life. I know he has a dream for each of our lives.
I also know dreams can be scary because a lot of times new dreams require change. Change for many of us is frightening at best and paralyzing at worst. When you think about the dreams God is placing on your heart, I also would invite you to hear the words he often said to his disciples of the first century, "Do not be afraid."
Fear can be a big reason why dreams don't come to fruition. We are afraid; afraid of failure, afraid to look "bad," afraid to risk. Fear can manifest itself in many ways. Jesus comes to us, though, to say "Do not be afraid. Take a step out of the boat onto the water, believing I am with you, believing I will keep you safe, believing I will catch you when you think you are falling."
As 2013 begins, I invite you to dream the dream God has for you, and in faith and trust, move forward in God's dream for your lives. May God bless you as you dream.
Lesley Radius is pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Hays.