In Donnie McClurkin’s song, “That’s What I Believe,” he sings of going to God for deliverance, salvation, and for God’s word — and trusting that God would give just what God promised — deliverance, salvation and even the word (of course, not necessarily in that order.)
I love this song and the words and the tune are often floating in the back of my head. But our theology has to be bigger than the lyrics of this song.
I believe that we do indeed go to God for many things — but God often touches us with more than we could ever imagine. “Eyes haven’t seen…ears haven’t heard….neither has it even entered into our hearts what God has in store for us….” (I Corinthians 2.9)
We go to God for deliverance and the Big Mercy of God blesses us with purpose, call and vocation pulled from the depths of the very stuff that used to imprison us.
We go to God for the Word and the Big Grace of God blesses us with insight, wisdom and the ability to see ourselves and each other in the big story, not just the verses.
We go to God seeking our own salvation and the Big Power of God pushes into our faces opportunities to be instruments of saving grace for others.
Dreams — small ones and big ones — all have to go through God if they are to be fulfilled in the will of God.
Here’s what I am dreaming about….
Children who can run and jump and play…
Children who can go to good schools, learn and grow up ready to face their own “such a time as this”….
Children who are loved…..
Children who can see good doctors when they are in need regardless of where they live….and a world which sees every child as deserving of these little dreams.
My small dreams and eyes haven’t seen…but God dreams big and sees.
My small dreams and ears haven’t heard…but God dreams big and hears.
My small dreams and mind cannot conceive…but who can understand the mind of God?
It hasn’t entered into my small heart…but in God’s heart resides the least of these.
So, on behalf of children whose dreams may never come true with my courage, I’m going to God with my small dreams…trusting God who is….big.