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Experience Hope Devotional

Big Dreams. Small Ships.

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.

— Deuteronomy 31:6

 


 

Ever feel as if your dreams are far bigger than the boat you’re sailing through life on? Perhaps the boat you received is full of holes. Your education is lacking, finances are tight and you’ve failed to make the connections that would help you reach your dreams.

 

You are not alone.

 

In the late 15th century a poor Italian explorer dreamed of getting rich by sailing west. But he needed ships. Big ones. He couldn’t even afford a row boat let alone the exorbitant cost of operating a fleet. For nearly a decade he asked kings and queens to bankroll his risky venture. No one was interested.

 

Luckily for the world, Christopher Columbus refused to take no for an answer.

 

Finally he found an investor, and in 1492 Columbus pulled up anchor and forged into the unknown with three underwhelming wooden vessels. The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria were so small there wasn’t enough room for the crews to sleep at the same time. Although ill-equipped, Columbus would not be swayed, relying solely upon a good wind to push him toward the fulfillment of his dreams.

 

He wasn’t born into wealth and had little formal education. But perhaps the truths of Scripture spurred his tenacity, reminding him that God was with him. What if we truly believed the Lord our God went with us? Would we take chances and attempt brave feats even if others predicted our failure? How would we change the world?

 


Today’s One Thing

Dig up a dream you buried long ago. Believe that God is the wind in your sails. Pull up anchor and go after it.