A dream you can’t shake?
Going to Israel was like that, even before my faith was important to me.
Growing up in church, I’d heard the Bible stories. I wanted to ride a camel and spend time in a cave. And not just any cavern, but one in the Holy Land where all those miracles happened.
Every time I thought about going, I got excited all over again—even though everyone around me thought I was nuts.
Isn’t that how dreams can be? A little scary, but absolutely thrilling when you take the risk and make them happen?
Tension, it’s necessary for a good story.
I think God gives us dreams and desires people can’t pry away from us for a reason. Maybe they’re part of our destiny.
Back in 2003, I took this dream of moving to Jerusalem for a walk with God. Listed the pros and cons because that’s what I do. I’d just overcome a fear of commitment so I wondered, am I running again because I didn’t want to that.
In my mind, I saw God extend His hand, heard Him say, “Come adventure with Me?”
The words struck deep, an invitation I couldn’t refuse. Wouldn’t. With my decision made, I caught up with a friend and we out to breakfast to celebrate.
But isn’t it dangerous?
People said, “You must have a death wish!”
No, I don’t.
My roommate and I had been praying about the danger when her mom said, “What are you afraid of?”
“Dying!” I didn’t have to overthink that.
Then she said the one-liner that put rebar in my spirit and gave me the courage I needed. She looked me in the eye and said, “You’re invincible until God decides to take you home.”
Boom! I knew she was right.
Would I do it again?
Well, I’m packing my bags. For the same reason, I went last time . . . because I sense God’s leading.
What about you?
Do you have a burning desire? Or a niggling thought in the back of your mind, something that could turn into a burning desire?
If so, would you share it as a comment below? Especially if you’ve never said it out loud. Words give power. We can give it legs to stand on.
The birth of a dream makes me jump up and down.
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