I was asked by someone “What is your dream?” I responded, “I am living my dream.” My response caused my inquirer to pause, not knowing how to craft a follow-up question. I responded in the pause by saying, “I am in a place in my life not of my own making, but God’s direction and provision. He brought me here and fulfilled things in my life I had no idea I would ever experience. What I am living is not the result of a plan well executed. What I am living is an expression of God’s love and mercy toward a man who was never perfect or had life all figured out, but in my brokenness and fear I kept moving forward in His forgiveness and grace and the dream appeared.”
It’s OK to have a dream plan – the kind we create. For example, you need a plan to start a business. Those dreams are fulfilled by taking certain action steps toward a goal resulting in the fulfillment of a dream. There’s nothing wrong with that approach. There is another kind of dream where its fulfillment happens without a step-by-step plan. These dreams are fulfilled by what seem like disconnected acts of obedience that lead us to places we never would have imagined where a dream we did not know was possible, appears and becomes our reality.
The kind of dream fulfillment I am talking about requires obedience that can appear like a series of disconnected acts of trust leading in no particular direction. In some cases, you may have people question your decision-making process because your life appears to be going in what they consider to be the wrong direction. This kind of trusting obedience that steps outside the bounds of practicality and predictability under the direction of God’s Spirit will lead us to places unimagined when our journey first began. In these places is where a dream will appear unannounced and invite us into the goodness of its fulfillment.