A Call to Dream – Maree de Jong
As Sistas Conference gets closer, I wanted to take a moment to share a thought on our theme: Dream. My heart is that all Sistas near and far would be known as dreamers: those who dare to believe in His wondrous, expansive and dazzling plans for their lives and push forward to see those dreams become reality.
When I was praying about this year’s conference, I felt led to Abraham’s story in Genesis 15. Abraham dreamed that he would have a son, greatly desiring descendants of his own. In the midst of his disappointment, God led Abraham outside to view the vast night sky in its bright and endless beauty. God’s promise to Abraham was that just as the stars were countless, so too would his descendants be. As Abraham’s story continues, we see that indeed God does bless Abraham with descendants—age and circumstance proving to be no hindrance to God’s plan.
While Abraham’s physical answer to prayer is astonishing, that’s actually not the end of the story. Galatians 3 speaks further to this miracle:
So also Abraham ‘believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. (Galatians 3:6-9)
Just by your faith today—regardless of how small or large you feel it might be—you are proving that God is faithful to the promises He makes. As each person’s life is transformed by the power of the cross, the promise Abraham received is fulfilled over and over again through his spiritual descendants; our lives as evidence of God’s character and faithfulness. Every breath you take today is proof that He can be trusted with the dreams buried deep within your heart.
This is the kind of dreaming God beckons us to experience: to trust that His plans for us extend far wider than what we picture right now in this moment, that the extent of His reach through our lives would influence many individuals—far beyond what we can see. He asks us to dream bigger, bolder and more fiercely than ever before, to throw our full weight on Him and trust Him to use every breath we take to bring His Kingdom to earth.
Dear Sista, wherever you find yourself right now, I encourage you to take stock of the dreams you find within yourself. Have you submitted them to God? Is anything blocking you from trusting Him fully? The call to dream isn’t a passive one—it requires action, to position ourselves to receive from Him and move our hands into action as He asks us to. In God’s plan, the call to be a dreamer is also the call to be a doer.
I pray you’re encouraged as you read this, and dare to dream more bravely and confidently than ever before.
I can’t wait to see you in September!
Ps Maree de Jong