We all have them. They started when we were quite young. We dreamed of becoming anything from princesses to firefighters, sales clerks to professional athletes. In those times when we believed anything was possible, we dreamed big dreams. I did too. When I was four years old, my greatest dream was to be a sales clerk at Sears. In the first place, they sell some pretty cool stuff. Even more, in our town, the parking lot was on the top of the building and we rode the escalator down into the store. This is the stuff of dreams, I am telling you!

As I got older, my dreams did change, but I started to notice a trend. The dreams I had started to be more “realistic” or what I would consider achievable.  I accomplished some and created more, and then my heart began to change. In the accomplishment of dreams and the living of life, I noticed that the dreams I had for myself were really no big achievement for Jesus. Additionally, I found myself in places I had never thought possible.

I began to see that Jesus had much better than dreams for me. He had reality. The reality He planned seemed to shine when put side-to-side with the dreams I had for myself. He began to take me places and lead me through things that would have never crossed my mind. I saw that my dreams were stretches of my heart, but God could stretch me so much more. I began to understand the Psalmist when he said “Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.” (Psalm 40:5)

This book (Olive Drab Pom-Poms) is one of those things. I have dreamed of doing many things, but God’s plans always seem so much cooler than mine. He brings things to realization that I would never have even crossed my mind. He is truly amazing. On July 4, 2011, this very thing will become a reality and others will be able to read what God laid on my heart. Wow! Who would have ever thought?

He has brought me so far. Has He done the same with you? What are your dreams? What has He done that you never expected?

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