We are never too old to dream!
Have you ever gazed into the skies, dreaming away trying to count the stars? Astronomers, scientists who study the stars, say there are more stars in the universe than the sand on the seashore. There are between 100 and 200 sets of stars and planets called galaxies. In every galaxy there are hundreds of billions of stars. If this sounds amazing, here are more amazing news. Each star has a name!
He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
Considering God’s friend Abraham, I’m still young. He was 75 years old when God put a big dream in his heart. His offspring was to be a numerous as the stars. And he didn’t even have a son!
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” … And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:1,5,6
“Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. James 2:23
A friend of God! Amazing! Jesus called the disciples “friends.”
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. John 15:12-17
The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. Psalm 25:14
God shared with Abraham his plans, what he was about to do with Sodom and Gomorrah. Then Abraham interceded…
The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:17-19
Abraham believed God. He believed the dream!
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:18-21
Abraham was given this name by God, which means “Father of a multitude.” His name Abram means “Exalted father.” Year after year he had to live with that name (Exalted father) and he had no children. But he had the promise and the dream that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the heavens and the sand on the sea-shore. Nobody would be able to count them!
Sarah was also given a new name. God named her Princess! She would be the mother of the family chosen by God to one day bring forth the Savior!
When Abraham was 99 years old and Sarah was 90 God announced that the time was come for His Promise to be fulfilled! The dream would come true; the promised son would be born! The little old man and the little old lady both laughed! Sarah was barren, so it would really have to be a miracle!
Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17
God has a sense of humor. I can just picture him having a little laugh! “So you don’t believe me? I’ll give you a reminder that nothing is too hard for me.” And he gave Abraham the name for the son to be born. “You shall call his name Isaac.” Isaac means “he laughs.”
Every time these dear people called their son, they would remember that they laughed at God’s promise. They didn’t laugh in unbelief; it was just a ridiculous thought that they would have a baby in the house at their ripe old age! And so, Sarah became the oldest mother in the world!
It has been said that “some people dream in technicolor–others add sound effects.” Dream in black and white, add color to the dream, or even sound effects, whatever–but dream! All the great things people have accomplished started out with a dream; a dream and someone that believed in them and was willing to invest in them and the dream.
On a humorous note, “No dream comes true until you wake up and go to work!” The fulfillment of dreams requires hard work. To dream, and dream big, is hard work. God bless you in your dreaming, and even more in the working out part of the dream.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart,
but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.
My dream, what I live for and dream about constantly, is that one day I will stand at the throne of God together with ALL my loved ones.
As Abraham looked up into the sky, I look beyond the sky and dream and pray.