Dreams Still Come True
What I’m about to share has nothing to do with personal accomplishment, but everything to do with God’s amazing plans for your life. It was sometime back in 2007 that I woke up from an overwhelming dream. I remember it being sometime after 2a.m. when I woke up and just tried to catch my breath. Some of you recall me writing a post entitled “I Had A Dream”. Before I go any further, I will admit that I’m one of those guys who is very skeptical when someone starts telling me about a dream. I’m usually thinking, “Don’t you understand, it’s just a dream?” But in this case, I’ve seen the dream become reality. Please allow me to explain.
Here is what I recall about the dream. At that time, I had been in ministry for around 14 years. I had seen God move on more than a few occasions. For some reason, I kept asking God “What is next?” In the dream, God took me to the edge of a cliff and said, “Look around you.” All I could see were people of every race as far as my eyes could see. God said, “These are the people that your ministry will touch in the future.” All I remember after that is waking up and fighting to catch my breath. I kept saying, “God, I can’t handle this and how will I get all those people in one church.” There was no explanation and the dream just ended abruptly with that revelation. Beside me was my wife who was half asleep yet wondering why I was sitting up in our bed, crying uncontrollably, while feeling speechless.
Now, let’s fast forward to what God has done since that dream. Three years later, God would transition me to become the hospice chaplain I am today. Since 2010, there is no doubt I’ve come alongside a few hundred grieving families and preached countless funerals. One funeral will always stand out to me. I was sharing the pulpit with another minister at a church I had never visited. Around me was a house full of people I had never seen before in my life. While the other pastor was preaching, I looked to my right and couldn’t believe what I saw. Sitting on the front row were some faces I had only seen once before. As I wiped my eyes for clarity, I realized that a few of the faces I was looking at on the church’s front row were the same faces I had seen in the front row of my dream. It was at this point that you could say that I started to think that dream back in 2007 was not just a product of some late night snacks.
Moving on to July 26, 2012, God took things to a much a higher level. At this point, I had never written an article for a newspaper or on the internet. Until, a young lady named Allie Murdaugh who was only 19 years of age was killed in a single car accident. This seeming tragedy hit very close to home because this girl was the daughter of a very dear co-worker of mine. I found myself struggling to process the events that had unfolded. I decided to process my thoughts through writing. I decided to start a blog online where I began to post different thoughts that God put on my heart on the internet for others to read. All I can say is God took things from there.
This past year alone, my internet blog posts have been viewed over 17,000 times and read in at least 82 countries according to internet stats. I believe those readers, many of which I will never meet this side of Heaven were part of that dream I had back in 2007. I have to admit that none of this has made any sense to me. All I’ve done is sought to be faithful to what God has led me to do each day. I’ve seen firsthand that with God anything is possible. As a result, I will dream much bigger in 2014 and look forward to all God will do if I choose to get out of his way and let Him have His way in my life. I pray you might do the same!