My boys have discovered Minecraft. Ok, enabled by me, since I purchased the App. But, nonetheless they have discovered the joy of creating houses and farms, towers and castles and anything else that captures their imagination. Mining is an essential element of the game (apparently, I’m still coming up to speed with the intricacies of it all). Mining to obtain the elements needed to build.
It did remind me that it’s about time I did a bit of mining! Mining into my heart to the dormant dreams that lie there. I’ve been feeling a stirring recently, that there are just dreams that are just a dig or two away from coming into the open. So I’ve got my pickaxe and I’m doing a bit of digging, of exploring, and just seeing what perhaps is there. Sometimes we need to dig deep, to reconnect with the dreams, dreams we had as a child, dreams perhaps that we’ve buried because they’re “impossible.”
Potential is a priceless treasure, like gold. All of us have gold hidden within, but we have to dig to get it out. We have to act on those dreams and potential or they will never become part of the reality that we live in. Grasp your dreams. Reach for them. Face the fears and obstacles that have caused you to bury your treasures.
It is time to silence the voice of the dead dreams and let the voice of the Dream Giver speak again.
What is your dream? To write a book? To be a teacher? To travel to Paris? To learn to fly? To learn to cook Thai or speak French? To preach? To paint? To receive flowers? To write a cheque for someone for $100,000?
Whatever the dream – it is part of who God made you to be! Part of His plan as to how you will impact the World. It may be in millions, it may be just a few….It all matters…..God makes those dreams possible. Partnering with Him brings an impossible potential to life. And discovering and fulfilling your dreams is a journey and an adventure with God.
If God gives you a dream, you can be sure that He has already backed it up with the provision to go for it. Heaven is backing us. We just sometimes need to back ourselves up.
Sometimes we need to pick up that pickaxe and go digging.
My 3 year old loves kinder surprises. In fact all my boys do. There is much excitement whenever they receive one. And their excitement is not so much for the chocolate egg, although don’t get me wrong, that is very quickly demolished! Their excitement is for the yellow container within the egg and the promise of the toy inside. Particularly at the moment as each egg holds the potential for containing a superhero collectable. The excitement when a superhero toy does prove to be inside is huge.
It doesn’t take a prophetic gift to see the junk in our lives. It does however, require the eyes of God to see broken people like Simon (broken reed) and in the midst of their brokenness, call them Peter (Rock). Most people know what is wrong with them but they are unaware of the greatness that God has placed in their lives. That is what prophecy does it calls out the greatness. It finds that yellow container with the gift inside of it and brings it into the open.
In Saul’s first encounter with the Prophet Samuel, he says “Am I not a Benjamite of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”
The story goes on to describe how Samuel anoints Saul king and tells him that he is going to encounter a group of prophets coming down from the hills. When he joins them, he will be changed into another man. By the time Saul turned to leave, he was changed into another man. He was transformed back into the man that he was designed to be from the beginning. The real man who was hidden under low self esteem and sin was revealed and restored.
Low self esteem has caused many people to lose sight of the greatness that God has place in them. The goal of the gift of prophecy is to bring out the best in people. It is to mine for that gold and find the hidden treasure in peoples’ lives. It is to look past the negative, to prophecy the answer not the problem.
At the end of the day the chocolate egg is long gone, but the toys – well, they are treasured and collected. They’re the real gift.
There is treasure inside of me! There is treasure inside of you! And God is longing for that treasure to be revealed and released to the world around us!