Time To Dream Again
by Lebohang Mabula
And when He had taken the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and the two fish He divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of fragments and of the fishMark 6:41-43
Do any the following phrases sound familiar: “I’ll start my business when I have more capital…I’ll get that degree, qualification, skill set when I have more time…I’ll start saving when I earn a larger salary”. The list goes on and on. It’s amazing how as human beings we tend to focus more on what it is we lack than what we do have.
For some reason the fact that we may already have the business idea or the salary (regardless of its size) does not become our focus; but we would rather delay our dreams because we are waiting for “more”.
I love Jesus’ response when His disciples come to Him, freaking out about how they would feed a crowd of more than five thousand people — He calmly asks what they had in their hands, He blessed it, and it multiplied.
How many of us have stopped dreaming because we feel like all we have, are the five loaves and two fish; all we have is a small salary or a small business concept. We fail to realise that when we give what we have in our hands to Jesus, no matter how insignificant we may think it is, He can and will multiple it!
I love God’s response to Moses when he starts to make excuses of why he cannot to go speak to Pharaoh. GOD simply asks Moses what it is he has in his hands (Exodus 4:1-5). We see the prophet Elijah do the same thing when a widow runs to him for help to clear her late husband’s debt; he too asks her what she has in her hand/house (2 Kings 4:1-7). I believe the word of God is trying to teach us an important lesson — our dreams coming true are not a question of what we lack in, but rather about what we are doing with what we currently have in our hands.
I recall stepping onto the main campus of the University of Pretoria with a dream to one day ascend the graduation stage; but all I had was my determination and enough funds to sustain me for a few months. But God took what I had (my determination and the small funding) and multiplied it in ways I could have never imagined. Today, having ascended that graduate stage twice, I know that God can use what seems insignificant in your hands and cause you to see every dream He has placed within you to come to pass.
Disappointment and failure have a way of making us begin to feel as though our dreams are no longer valid. However, when we present God with what we have, as small or as beat down as we may think it is, He has the ability and the authority to make it work for our good.
I urge you from today, to start dreaming again; dream big, without placing your focus on what you may lack, but rather on what you have, right now, in your hands.
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