Infinitely More

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About a year ago, I went to a youth conference in Northern California. It was incredible and so many amazing things happened there, but one thing that really stuck with me was when one of the speakers talked about making a list. He said to make a list of one hundred dreams that you want to experience in your life, especially if they’re big dreams that sound impossible. I came home and started writing out my list, and discovered that it’s way harder than it sounds. I got up to seventy-four. These are a few of them:

• Spend a few months in England.
• Act in something magnificent and enduring.
• Go on a spontaneous trip (less than two days’ notice) involving an airplane and Jesus.
• Live a week in the past.
• See a dead person raised.
• Fly under my own power.
• Learn to Irish dance.
• Touch lives through my art.

I guess you noticed that some of these are pretty big. Fly under my own power? Really? I don’t mean a hang glider, I’m talking Peter Pan status here, ladies. I’m not going to be bitter if it doesn’t happen before I die, but I figure, if “with God all things are possible,” then I might as well put it on the list, right? Stranger things have happened.

That last one is really the most important to me on this mini-list. That’s why I write A Beauty Glorious. It’s a dream that I firmly believe God has placed inside of me, and I am so excited to see where he’s going to take it.

You know what really blows my mind, though? As crazy as some of the dreams of my heart are, God dreams much bigger. Ephesians 3:20 exclaims, “Glory belongs to God, whose power is at work in us. By this power he can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.”

Every time I think of this verse, I think of Han Solo’s line in the original Star Wars movie: “I don’t know, I can imagine quite a bit.” Ha! As if Han or anyone could ever out-imagine GOD!! (He’s kind of infinite, and all that…)

John Eldredge put it this way: “I mean, really. We have dreamed better dreams than God can dream? We have written stories that have a better ending than God has provided? It cannot be.” (From his book Epic, which I very highly recommend and will probably blog about soon.)

God’s plans for you are far more amazing than you could ever plan on your own. I’ve discovered something that has completely revolutionized my perspective of life: Every time God takes something away, it’s so that he can give you something better. (Isaiah 60:7, 61:3) With this in mind, there’s never a need to get upset or afraid about any dream that seems to slip through your fingers. It only means that God’s got something even more amazing up his sleeve! And mark my words: it will be something you could never have imagined on your own.

My sister has a dream from God to build a well in Nigeria, to give a community clean drinking water. It's not going to be easy; there don't seem to be many organizations building wells in that part of Africa. Many people would say that a teen can't do something like that, but my sister knows that this a dream God gave her, and I believe she IS going to see it happen.

So don’t be afraid. There are no limits. Dream up a storm! But here’s the thing: don’t forget to dream with God. He gave you your passions, and he wants to use the dreams you carry in your heart. But he also wants to do things you’ve never before imagined. Adventure? Absolutely. When you’re dreaming with the original Dreamer, you never know where you’ll end up.

And keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times, because it’s going to be a wild ride! Guaranteed.


PrincessOfGod said...

Wow thats pretty neat!!! Thanks for sharing!

Ashley said...

Caitlyn, your blogs are always so encouraging!! This one just filled my heart with so much joy and just continued to inspire me to trust in God and the fact that He will ALWAYS direct my path! Thank you!

-Bess- said...

"'Peter Pan' status" I LOVE that! =) Thanks for stopping by my blog, too (& thanks for linking me here). I've definetly seen God fulfill one of my dreams: when I was 20 I went to Scotland by myself for a week (no tour group, I didn't know a soul, & I had never flown) (I got to wade in Loch Ness! =). I had dreamed about going (solo) for years & years, & God truly gave me the desire of my heart in that trip - & I thank Him & give Him all the glory for it! This year, I'm dreaming about visiting England in the summer, as well, & I'm excited to see what happens! I'm praying about it & seeking God's will (not my own, which isn't always easy, but I'm excited about the dreams He's got in store - dreams better than my own). Thanks for your post & keep dreaming & seeking His face... maybe one day you'll find some pixie dust...

Celine said...

you're a really good author... your articles really make me think about it. Thanks for using the gift God gave you! Keep it up!

Christ-Blade said...

This was so encouraging. It is a blessing to know that as long as we are walking in God's will no matter what happens, what we lose, what we have to give up, God does always have something better.

And I'm right with you on the flying on your own power thing! I have always wanted to fly. In fact when I was ten or eleven, I prayed to God to let me be able to fly, and if He did then I would use my power for Him. I prayed for a long time, and then I decided that God had said yes. So one night, I jumped off my bed as high as I could really expecting to fly . . . unfortunately I simply smashed into the floor unusually hard. I learned from that though. Even so, I don't think this means that God wouldn't do it! Anyhow, sorry, didn't mean to write a book here. But this was excellent! God bless.

Caitlyn said...

Lol, that is AWESOME! Thanks for sharing that story, Christ-Blade.

Hey Rachel, Ashley, Bess, and Celine--thanks for stopping by! I hope I'll get to know you better on the forum! :)