Where Did That Dreamer Go–Because We Need You

{By David Rupert}


As a chubby nine-year old, I dreamt of a new bike, gleaming, new. Almost resplendent. And of course, it was red. And glowing.

I promised to God that if I got one for my birthday I would clean it everyday and always lock it up in the shed at night. I closed my eyes and I could almost hear the echoing clack-clack of the playing cards on the spokes. It was chrome shiny and wonderful all over.”

I dreamt lots of things as a kid. Of space travel and kissing a girl on the bus and throwing a baseball into the Grand Canyon. My head was in the clouds, all the time it seemed.

But somewhere in the midst of marriage, kids, career and bills that never seem to stop, reality put a halt to my dreaming antics. I settled for certainty and gave up the world of wonder and imagination. Maybe that’s what they call growing up, or maturity. Maybe that’s where God ends and man begins.

For the last couple of years I’ve started to dream again. Vacations and books published and love like never before. I’ve imagined riding on the clouds and screaming in delight and circling the globe on bicycle built for two. I’ve dreamt of changing the world for good, starting with my family, and my neighbor, and my town. I’ve again began to imagine better things.

“I have a dream,” shouted Martin Luther King in a sermon that still reverberates across the ocean of time. He saw a situation and envisioned a better day for minorities. His dream is coming true. What would have happened if he had never uttered what God had impressed on his heart?

Whether you are dreaming of world change or a silly bicycle, there are four types of dreams — Those that are fulfilled, those that are delayed, those that are denied, and those that are suppressed. 

Of all those, the most difficult to live with are those that are suppressed. We’ve all had God put something in our hearts and then we spend our days denying it ever existed, or making excuses why it can’t be done. The shadow chases us until we finally give in. But when we don’t give in, it gives up the pursuit and finds another who is more willing.

I remember reading Genesis, when the brothers of Joseph had a little fun at his expense. “Here comes that dreamer!” they said. Leaning on each other’s shoulders, doubled over in mockery, the older brothers had quite the laugh.

The lad with the big ideas wasn’t the most popular brother. He saw things no one else could and it caused division. And so it is with dreamers. They will never be popular. They’ll be called “out of touch.” They’ll be scorned and talked about behind their backs. They’ll lose friends. But someone around here has to dream. Someone has to see things the way they ought to be. Someone has to articulate and plant the dream in fellow humans.

Maybe no one else will see that dream and you’ll spend your lifetime fulfilling it, alone with only God at your side. Such is the burden – and joy – of a dreamer.

What’s your dream? It might be a trip to China or a Chinese cooking class. It might be a ministry to the poor children, or it might be adopting one of your own. It might be a solo on Sunday morning, or a chance to learn how to play the violin.  What have you always wanted to do and never pursued?

And what excuses have you thrown up to keep you from chasing that dream? Are any of them too great for God?  Just speak out those excuses and see how empty they are. “I’m not skilled?”  He’ll give you the ability. “I’m too old?” You might be wasting your skills, your wisdom, your experience. “I’m not experienced enough.” He can cover that too.

Joel told us that in the last days, “your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams.”

Lay on your back and gaze at the clouds again.

It’s never too late to turn the dream suppressed into the dream fulfilled.


David2David Rupert on any given weekend can be found wandering the Rockies, fly-rod in hand, and trying to figure it out. He may be a communications professional and writer for a government organization by day, but by night, he’s taking seriously the call to encourage the Body. Spurring another to share their gifts, is a passion of his. He especially points to Christ’s words on his blog called Red Letter Believers and continues to reach others through his many publications in magazine articles. While he has his hands full, he is also the community editor at The High Calling, and adding to the list, his new book set to release in June 2014 is called  Disconnected: How to Turn Around Every Broken Relationship.  While yet another book, Make a Difference: Growth in Leadership, and many more writings by him can be found here as he continues to seek out more ways to encourage others.

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17 Comments on “Where Did That Dreamer Go–Because We Need You”

  1. Sadly I have let busyness overcloud my days to think about dreaming….this makes me wonder what are my dreams? Maybe I will remember this in the nights to come and dream……

  2. I was watching Alaska Gold Rush from Discovery Channel the other day, and Parker Schnabel’s grandfather said we can’t live forever but “We must have a dream that we’re working toward.” He is in his 90’s and still dreaming. Scripture says, God will give us dreams and visions. So who are we to stop them. 🙂 Thank you David for encouraging us to look for them again.

    • They spend an entire lifetime looking for a single gold nuggett that might validate their dream. If gold diggers can do that, why can’t we spend the months-or years-or decades it takes to wait for God to fulfill our dreams?

  3. Thank you, David! Your words always hit somewhere deep inside of me that needs the touch. Yes, let’s be fools for our dreams!!

  4. “where God ends and man begins …” I have a feeling I’ll be thinking about these words as I spend my days encouraging the little ones at my ankles to dream.

    Thank you, David. Glad to have you among us.

  5. It’s still more than a wee bit too cold and breezy where I live to go outside to lay on the ground staring at clouds and dream the way I did as a kid, but dreams change over time, and I’ll allow myself a bit more time to see what the dream morphs into – by then maybe spring will finally be here. 🙂

    Great post, David! For you other kids, David was one of the bloggers I reached out to when I re-entered the blogging world, and it was in no small measure his encouragement that helped flip the switch from “tentative” to “OK, let’s DO THIS!”

  6. We gain so much perspective staring at cloud shapes and daring to dream the big dreams. God gifted us each for a purpose and it’s a beautiful thing when we choose to follow the dreams He plants in us. Thanks for being here, David~ your words are a gift.

  7. This was very much for me, David. God has planted some visions and dreams in me for this year that feel HUGE to me. It’s outside of my comfort zone, of my present physical capability– but I know that God wants to USE the dream fulfilled to help me defeat those limitations and be free at last after almost five years of illness. I have heard Satan whispering over and over, “You know you’ll never do it.” “You will stay right where you are.” “You aren’t strong enough to conquer this.” “You’ll never get anywhere.”

    So…. THANK YOU for speaking truth to the lies. He created us for more than living suppressed or oppressed.

    • Nacole, your response to David’s beautiful exhortation has inspired me, as has his posting. May God’s comfort and the confidence we have in Him – and that He has in us – dim any clouds that dim our view and make his vision clear.

  8. Thank you. I’m thinking of a dream that’s been suppressed and wondering if God is reawakening it….

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