I didn’t know the guy at all. He’s a young kid—early twenties I’d guess. Strange that I think of people that age as young kids. That and the way I strained my lower back by reaching over my shoulder (true story) let me know that I am, in fact, getting older.
He was just sitting in a chair when I noticed him. Mike (we’ll call him) was messing around with his phone and I probably wouldn’t have paid him any attention except as I passed, I saw that his eyes weren’t the normal eyes found on the faces of well, you know, humans. They were big stars—like the kind of stars you might see on a cartoon character that just made it big time.
As I watched the stars my spirit stirred and I knew God had something for him. “Hey, man,” I greeted and shook his hand.
“Hey. What’s up?” he asked. He’d seen me around so that made it less awkward.
“Sometimes the Lord lays different things on my heart for people,” I announced and plopped down on the chair across from him. “I feel like he has something for you and I wanna know if it’s okay if I share it with you.”
I’ve yet to find someone who says, “No,” to that question and Mike wasn’t going to be the first. “Yeah, that would be great.”
“Great,” I said, taking a drink from my water bottle. “When I looked at you earlier I saw that you had big stars where your eyes were supposed to be.”
“Yeah, you know, like on the Hollywood walk of fame. I sense that the Lord is saying that you have really big dreams.”
Mike’s eyes widened. “I do have really big dreams.”
“Well I sense that God wants you to know that they are NOT silly or childish. The dreams you have in your heart are born from the passions and abilities he’s placed inside of you. The big dreams you dream make him smile and he’s rooting for you. If you trust him, he will bring the advancement in your life needed for those dreams to be fulfilled. But you’ve gotta let him do it. You don’t have to strive or struggle to see the things you really want happen.”
“Wow,” he breathed as emotion crept into his formerly neutral expression.
“He will bring the advancement,” I said again. “If you keep your eyes on him, you’ll get your heart’s desires.”
“I can’t believe it,” he exclaimed, resting his elbows on his knees. “That just made my whole day. Thank you so much.”
“Yeah, man,” I replied and stood. “You’re a blessing and God loves you very much.”
I want you to know right now that the big dreams in your heart are NOT silly or stupid. I gave this word to a specific individual but the word is for so many others as well. Dream big and don’t feel bad about it.
I think there are times we shut down our dreams because we feel they are childish or irresponsible or even impossible. Yes, we need to show maturity and responsibility when we pursue our dreams but for the love of all that is holy, pursue them already. The dreams and desires of your heart burst like a volcano from the exact person God created you to be. To deny the dreams is to deny who you are.
The caveat to that is that we must be able to show patience and allow God to bring those dreams into alignment. We can strive and struggle to drag our dreams into reality but we’re going to lose something important along the way. If we let God bring the advancement, our dreams will become a reality and we won’t have to give up anything truly important at all.
Jesse and Kara Birkey