The thing about God’s dreams is that they don’t come from a place of fear. They are given by the One who knows the beginning and the end.
I was born in Mexico City. I remember when I was around eight or nine years old, I used to love walking on the rooftop, literally walking on the edges of a three-story house. Had I taken one bad step, I wouldn’t be here today. As I balanced on the edge, I used to dream, wondering about my life, my friends, my future. I can’t remember exactly what was on my mind, but I do remember the feeling of dreaming. I’m pretty sure God saw my heart on those days when I used to go to the rooftop of my house and dream.
“Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes” (Ephesians 4:1).
Coming from a Catholic background, I knew about God but I didn’t have an intimate, personal relationship with Him or understand what it meant to have a personal faith. All that I knew was that I loved to dream and pour out my heart and my thoughts while on the rooftop. But the DREAM GIVER knows the beginning and the end.
1991 was a difficult year for our family. Clothing, food, and school supplies were limited. My siblings and I were under the care of family members because my parents had immigrated to New York with the hope of giving us a better future. A couple of years later in 1993, my mom returned to Mexico for me and my two siblings to move us to New York.
In 1998 at the age of 16, I surrendered my life to the DREAM GIVER, Jesus Christ. A friend in high school shared the Good News with me. I was the first one in my family who invited Jesus Christ into my life, and my life was radically changed; the love of God allowed me to surrender my life completely.
One of the biblical stories that impacted me the most at that time was the story of Joseph. Because I consider myself a dreamer, it touched me how Joseph believed in the dreams God gave him and that God had a purpose for him. Joseph trusted the DREAM GIVER. I wanted to believe in God’s dreams and purpose for my life, too. Joseph’s story helped me to trust the DREAM GIVER.
In one of Joseph’s dreams, “a sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowed down to him” (Genesis 37:10-11). Joseph’s father and brothers were upset and didn’t believe that the dream foretold the future because why would they ever bow before a teenager? However, God’s dreams come from love, assurance, and generosity. They propel us forward into the future, fueled by hope. Because we trust the DREAM GIVER, we can walk by faith to follow the visions He gives us.
Joseph went through a lot because his brothers were jealous of his dreams. Despite his rocky road, Joseph still believed. His dream was a vision God gave him to save his family from hunger. Despite how unbelievable they may have seemed at the time, the dreams God gave Joseph brought hope and healing to his family.
The dream God gave me was HIS vision for my family to come to Jesus Christ so they could also experience God’s dreams for their lives. My dad went to be with the Lord in April 2023. Since then, my mom and my three siblings have surrendered their lives to the DREAM GIVER and now they serve the Lord. Not only that, but future generations of our family will be able to know the DREAM GIVER as well.
Another dream God gave me was the calling to serve in the Children’s Ministry when I was just 19 years old. After volunteering in various capacities at various places for over 15 years, today I am the Campus Coordinator for BridgeKids at our Owings Mills/ Reisterstown Campus. My heart and God’s vision is to keep encouraging new generations to trust the DREAM GIVER, no matter how long it takes or the winding road it takes to get there.
I wonder, who’s willing to trust the DREAM GIVER with me? I pray that we have the capacity to reach for dreams to inspire and guide future generations.
May the future benefit from God-given dreams, may you have the courage to speak your dreams into being, and may you trust the One who knows the beginning and the end.
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