BY SEPHERINA LATTHIUM
Do you remember the days when you were younger? When you were princess of Genovia, next in line for the throne. You weren’t just the president – oh no, you were royalty. When you were Gabriella Montez, star of High School Musical with an angelic voice and a genius IQ. When you were the superhero, ridding the world of every bad guy one play date at a time. When you were the mystical mermaid in the deep, dangerous waters of your grandmothers swimming pool.
I remember the days I used to dream big.
What I don’t quite recall is when I stopped.
But it happens to the best of us, doesn’t it? Eventually “reality” sets in and all those big dreams seem so silly. We quite dreaming of the grand and great and gigantic and begin to think small. Those once big dreams transform into something so small, at some point we find there is nothing at all.
Where did our ability, our desire, to dream big, to ask for what seems impossible, to hope for the huge things go?
Since when did growing up mean losing faith?
Since when did “adulthood” mean forfeiting absolute trust and faith that anything is possible?
“God stretches the northern sky over empty space and hangs the earth on nothing. He wraps the rain in His thick clouds, and the clouds don’t burst with the weight. He covers the face of the moon, shrouding it with his clouds. He created the horizon when he separated the waters: He set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By His power the sea grew calm. By His skill He crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and His power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of His power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?” Job 26:7-14
When I read these verses, it almost feels as if my heart is held captive by awe. I truly believe in those words. I believe they are truth. God is so powerful that the mightiest of all displays of His strength – the creation of the mountains, causing the very earth to tremble, separating light and darkness itself, crushing the great sea monster – are absolutely nothing in the wake of His true power.
They are whispers in the wind in comparison.
And doesn’t that sound familiar?
Most often, when I begin to dream for something, to hope and wish and pray for something, it sounds like nothing more than a whisper in the wind. Maybe it is because I don’t think it’s possible for me to have anything more than just this. It should be enough, shouldn’t it?
This world is too harsh to hope for anything more than the absolute minimum, if anything at all.
But is that really the case?
Read those verses one more time. And again. Now read them again – there is something extremely important for you and me both to understand.
Let’s go back to the beginning:
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness, to rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, and over all the earth itself and every creature that crawls upon it.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:26-27
God made us in His image.
Now, one more time, I want you to read Job 26:7-14.
Do you understand what God is trying to stay?
Philippians 4:13, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”
Quit dreaming small. Quit thinking tiny. Quit living hopelessly.
Dream big, hope for more, pray boldly.
God is the most powerful being in the universe, and His power and strength is within you. He did not make you to be small, He made you in His image, that when you are living with Him in your heart and according to His heart, you are by nature powerful and bold.
Do not lose the childlike faith. Do not lose your hope. Do not believe the lies that you have no right nor ability to ask for more.
Go big, go bold.
Because, as Mark Batterson has so wonderfully put it,
“Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God.”
I pray that your prayers, your hopes, do not remain whispers in the wind, but the mighty roar of the Lion, just as the great Lion of Judah, who is not just your God, but your Creator.
He is waiting for you to step into a heart of power and boldness and childlike faith.
He is waiting for you to step into the one you were created to be – a reflection of Him.
ABOUT SEPHERINA LATTHIUM
Sepherina is a twenty years old, full-time student, and a complete amateur at life. She has five major obsessions including Jesus, zombies, dinosaurs, the color yellow, and dad humor. Rather simply, but not always easily, her every day heart and hope is “to love Jesus and others as well as myself, every single second, while being a vessel which God shines and speaks through in all situations.”
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