Sunflower Seeds and Living your Dreams
As I look out my office window, I can spot the giant sunflowers that tower over the heads my children that we planted out at my mailbox this summer.
Those big beauties started out as tiny sunflower seeds – all but 7 weeks ago?
Some sun, rain, and pruning the weeds that grew around them, produced these giant beauties for all to enjoy.
But what if I never planted those seeds?
What if I was too busy? What if I was worried about developing the perfect plan first before I planted? What if I waited, and then was too late, and missed the season for growth?
There would be no sunflowers…and it would just be a view of a misshapen mailbox that got hit by the snowplow one too many times.
So how does this relate to our dreams?
Well, first off, the word “dreams” alone can intimidate you! As if they are ideas that could never happen at all, right? Or could these ideas of yours, be so scary or unreachable that it’s safer to leave them in the realm of “dreams” rather than bringing them into your life and into your hands as seeds to be scattered?
Could we then be missing those giant, beautiful, sunflowers in our life because we never planted our “dream seeds”?
What if another summer passed, and we didn’t try that new hobby we have hidden in our heart? What if another school year started and we didn’t spend that time with our children like we hoped? What if we didn’t take that risk of putting ourselves out there because we could possibly be rejected?
Then, we would never see the giant sunflowers bloom.
See, I believe God has given you dreams in your heart. Whether you take them seriously or think they’re silly, He wants to do amazing things with your life.
In John 10:10, Jesus says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
The “thief” comes to steal, kill, and destroy your dreams and your life – and he wants you to doubt, question, and stay comfortable so you won’t ever take a risk.
Waiting for the perfect time, or the perfect plan will just cause you to miss life. It’s time to take those “dream seeds” into your hands and begin to plant. Do it today. Make that one phone call. Sign up for that class. Take the day off and be with your family. Send out that resume. Write just the first page of your book. Step into that church down the road, or knock on your neighbor’s door.
We will never know what beauty is waiting to bloom, if we don’t plant the first seed.
Spend some time alone, maybe outside in nature, quieting your soul and start jotting down all those dreams you have stuffed in your heart. Don’t be shy or conservative, let your imagination run wild and write it down.
Review the list and choose one item that you can work towards by taking the first step.
Keep that list in front of you where you can see it, or turn to it often.
Habakkuk 2:2 says, And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”