Dreaming Big

 

I was fortunate enough to go to a Rugby World Cup match recently at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

The attendance of the match was in the region of 71,000 of which a large percentage were Wales supporters. It was a remarkable spectacle and one that will not be easily forgotten. For a moment I sat in my seat with my eyes closed as I heard the chorus of Bread of Heaven echoing around the stadium. For those who aren’t au fait with the hymn it was written by Welshman John Hughes in 1905 and the opening verse is:

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer,

Pilgrim through this barren land;

I am weak, but thou art mighty;

Hold me with thy powerful hand:

Bread of heaven, bread of heaven

Feed me till I want no more.

Feed me till I want no more.

As my eyes were closed I couldn’t help but think about what it would really sound like if these people knew and understood what they were singing about. As it often happens, my imagination took hold and I started thinking about the city I live in, the people I work with, those I pass on the street. What would it look like if all those people were able to sing those words? I started dreaming. 

Joel 2:28 says “And afterward, I will pour out my Sprit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophecy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

I was stirred to dream again. To remember what I had been rescued to do. To take hold of what I believed God had called me to do in the early days and for my soul to be awakened to the realities of following Jesus and being filled with the Spirit. Often we can think that the dreams we have are somehow fabricated by us – and often they are. But those that take hold of us, get our heart pumping, arrest our mind are likely to be God leading us.  

As the hymn says, “I am weak, but thou art mighty, Hold me with thy powerful hand.”

We are called to dream big, to believe in our God for great things, to have faith that God will do a great work in this nation. Not because we somehow have the ability or talent or organisation to see those dreams through, but because He is mighty and powerful.


 

James Lee is Head of Communications at Something More. He is also a teacher and lives in Bristol with his wife where he has discovered a new found love for power drills.

 
 
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