Dreams can be vivid, reality breakers and down-right luring. Dreams can entice us into a fantasy world that can lead to sinful actions. Of course some dreams are harmless, but some can be detrimental to the reality that God wants us to face. Unfortunately, if we don’t go head on with the truth, then we are barricading God from doing His work.
Let me give you an example, if an alcoholic lives in the dream that he/she can control drinking anytime he/she wants, then God is barricaded from helping them simply because they cannot face the truth. You don’t need an addictive personality to live in a fantasy world. We all do it.
I like to think I am super-mom at times. I allow my kids to participate in multiple activities, arrange their schedules, drive them places and still volunteer for our church. I like to think I can do it all, but in reality, I cannot. I too live in a fantasy world when I allow these crazy dreams to look like reality. Until I let go of that fantasy, God cannot help me. It isn’t His will that I be a supermom. Overindulging my kids and overcommitting myself has never been God’s priority – only mine.
Dreams can be unrealistic and quite detrimental to God’s plan for us. Aspiration and hope are much different than the dreams I am talking about. No, the dreams I am talking about are the ones that we live unrealistically in the hope that something will change for the better. We avoid facing the truth because it is unpleasant and sad. These (fantasy dreams) are not goals that can be met, but these dreams block us from achieving our God given potential. We don’t persevere in the thought of accomplishing these types of dreams, just the opposite, we lose strength and are exhausted trying to live in this fantasy dream world.
How do we tell the difference? I think when our dreams are constantly causing us pain and sorrow, when our dreams are taking away our hope for life, then we are probably allowing our fantasies to take over reality.
When I faced the fact that I cannot be a supermom – atleast the supermom that society has made me think is possible – then I allowed God to mold me instead of society to mold me. The same goes with an addict. When an addict realizes that he/she has no control over the addiction – that God does, but not him/her – then the addict moves from fantasy to reality. It uncovers some hurtful scenes that maybe we didn’t want to see, but by unveiling the reality instead of living in the fantasy, the addict has a chance to change through God’s grace.
Like I said, you don’t have to be an addict to be living in a dream world. Our dreams for our career, our family and our everyday life can be focused in fantasy instead of reality. Once we turn our face toward reality and face the truth, we will see that God is there to join us. He is there to lead us. He is there to strengthen us.
You see living in fantasy is like rejecting God’s truth. Truth is what God wants us to live in. He wants truth in our hearts. Facing the truth can be hard. It is never easy, but in order to move forward with God at our side, we must face the truth and live in reality, not fantasy.
I Samuel 12:24 Only fear the Lord and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you
Psalm 15:2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
Proverbs 3:3 Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.