God spoke through the prophet Joel saying, ‘Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.’ (Joel 2:28–29 NKJV) Regardless of your age or gender, God has a vision for you to fulfil. And sometimes it won’t make sense because you don’t feel qualified.
In the musical Man of La Mancha, there is a scene where Don Quixote and his servant stand gazing at a dilapidated inn. When Quixote describes his vision of turrets and magnificent gates, his servant tries hard to see the same picture, but all he can see are ruins. And when he attempts to describe them, Quixote says, ‘Stop! I will not allow your facts to interfere with my vision!’
Most great achievements begin as a vision in someone’s heart. And many times people try to convince the person it can’t be done—or that he or she can’t do it. Often this confirms the visionary’s deepest fears about his or her abilities. And that’s the crucial point! If you can disregard your critics and rise above your fears, God will enable you to fulfil the vision He has given you. But keep in mind that while your vision may come to you in an instant, it can take a lifetime to fulfil. Habakkuk writes, ‘The vision is… for an appointed time… Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come.’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NKJV)
A God-given dream often defies the facts, so if you have a vision, look for supporters, not critics. And when someone shares his or her vision with you, become a cheerleader.