What comes after college? Will I get the job that I always wanted? Where will I be headed? What will be my first step in achieving my dream in life? Will I be strong enough to face the real world? Am I tough enough to compete? These are the questions I struggled with when I graduated in college. If you are facing the same dilemma, I pray that upon reading this, it will help you face your own struggle.
In the bible there is a person who took the journey of the unknown, faced the same fears that we all have, committed the same mistakes over and over again, and experienced the cruelty of life. Yet in the end he triumphed. This person’s name was Abraham. Now you might think that Abe did not go through college like us. However he has something in common with us; HE HAS A DREAM. Let us journey with Abe and hopefully it’ll help us face our fears and pursue our dream.
God first met Abe when he was 75 years old. He was rich, married and above all old. He was already retired and he graduated in the school of life with straight A’s. He’s got the best of life. He’s got a very beautiful wife, wonderful marriage, he’s rich, and had a good health. He had everything that most of us wanted in this world, but he had no son. This was the reason he felt unaccomplished, he felt something was lacking, something that was more than what he had. There was hunger, dissatisfaction, and thirst over something.
When God met Abe, He stirred up that vacuum in his heart for Abe to accept His invitation. We could read that in Genesis 12:1-3, it’s like He was inviting Abe like this, “Hey, do you think you’ve got everything? Do you think you’re living the best of life right now? Do you think you’re living your dream life? Well I have something that is much bigger than what you have. But it’ll cost you. You have to leave your country where you live all your life and leave behind your extended family. Are you interested?”
Abe grabbed God’s invitation. This invitation has nothing to do with his status in life whether he is rich, poor, single or complicated, and smart. It was not dependent on his inner qualities and strength. Those things were all irrelevant with God because He will be the One who will make His promise came to reality.
In this world, achieving our dream means we need to be smarter than the rest, more aggressive than anyone else and tougher than everyone around us. An eye for an eye and tooth for tooth is how they put it. Be ahead of everyone is how the world works. The world reveres people who are handsome, smart, and rich. Everyone thinks that if you have these qualities, you have the advantage over everyone. But when God gives you an invitation to have something bigger than your dreams, it does not matter whether you have less or more. God can utilize whatever is in your hands to make his dream for you become a reality.
When the time came that God gave Abe a son, He asked him to sacrifice his son and he willingly obeyed Him. Why? Because he knew that God was all he need to make his dream come true.
Do you have a dream? Do you fear the road to your dream? Well God has something bigger than your dream. He is inviting you to the great journey of fulfilling His dream for you. The question is will you accept his invitation?
“I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out — plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” -Jer 29:11