Recently I was with two different friends, at different times, in different places who, with hesitation and eyes cast down, admitted their dreams to me.
You know,the big dreams of what they’d really like to do and be. They were afraid to say them out loud. Afraid they’d seem too…big. Too crazy.
But they were brave and told the truth. And it made me think of this video I saw recently.
I watch this and I think, aren’t we all just like this little guy with evidence smeared all over, afraid of admitting to God what He already knows?
Afraid to name either the smelly garbage or the shiny brilliant hopes that seem crazy, but that are as clear to Him as the sprinkles on our face.
What is it that you’re afraid to name?
It’s not like God doesn’t know, but still He graciously asks us the same the questions He’s been asking for centuries.
“What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51)
“Why are you here?” (1 Kings 19:9)
And maybe most importantly, “Why are you so afraid?” (Mark 4:40)
You know what terrible thing happened when my friends shared what was in their hearts with me?
Absolutely nothing. They didn’t implode and disintegrate. Bob Costas didn’t come on T.V. and broadcast the ridiculous news that two idiots had said some wacko stuff.
When they told me I was delighted! I was excited for them and I wanted to enter in and roll up my sleeves and help. And with my response, there was, on their faces this look of relief…and almost wonder that they had named this big thing and were still there and it was ok and not so scary after all.
Could it be that even though God sees all of our sprinkles – the evidence of every hope and fear, every dream and sin and wound – He invites us with His questions to come to Him and name it all so that we see that it’s not so powerful or scary after all.
And then He brushes the sprinkles off our face and says, “Let’s roll up our sleeves and get to it!”
And so begins His work of refining and redeeming, equipping, and guiding.
What is something you’ve been afraid to talk to God about – a crazy dream, a deep wound, a secret sin, a profound desire – and what’s happened when you’ve named it with Him?