The God of Your Buried Dreams

The God of Surprises

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God is not only the God of your buried dreams. He’s also the God of surprises.

Whether you’re writer, a reader, a parent, a grandparent, a single, a spouse, or a senior–I hope you’ll find a piece of encouragement in this short post that will lift you up. At the end of the blog, I’ll explain the picture from my garden that inspired it.

The God of Your Buried Dreams


Rebecca Barlow Jordan

“I’m here! I’m here!”

We cry for a voice that begs to be heard,

a light in the world’s winter darkness.

Is anyone there? Does no one hear?

And we struggle to bury our fear.

We dig, and we plant, and we cut, and we watch

for a sign that there’s more still to come.

Black turns to bleak, but we still hold on

to a hope that will not say, “I’m done!”

And the seasons pass by, pushing dreams further down,

leaving hearts, barren and brown.

“I’m here! I’m here!” But our words fade away,

lost in a sky filled with gray.

Too many voices, too many days

of effort, wasted in vain.

No one hears; no one cares; something ventured, nothing gained.

“Give it up!” Then we look out, amazed.

“I’m here! I’m here!” I’ve always been near!

Surprise is my specialty!

You’ll reap what I planted deep in the soil

of your heart–soon you will see.”

And we silence our voice to hear His, once again:

“I’m here–in your joy and your pain…”

We smile as we see God’s surprise peeking through—

“Dreams grow better when drenched by the rain.”

Inspired by My Garden

I walked out to my garden today and found a sweet surprise. We’ve had soaring temperatures for several weeks now, and only a few sprinkles of moisture. My perennials needed the nourishment only a long drink of heaven’s pitcher could pour out.

Guess what! Yesterday it rained–hard! I “planted” the “Love” hanger in my garden (see the picture above) last spring, along with numerous perennial flowers. The garden is beginning to show signs of fading as Fall covets its own voice of “I’m here!”

But the plant behind the “Love” grew up unannounced–and not planted by me (unless a squirrel thought it was an acorn and buried it there.) It looks like a daffodil or an iris that seems to have pushed through the brown earth overnight. A fun surprise!

Isn’t it just like God to take our buried dreams and replant His own, tailor made surprises–just when we need them the most? I don’t know about you, but it was a message I needed to hear today. I pray it spoke to you as well!

We’ll never comprehend all the great things he does; his miracle-surprises can’t be counted. (Job 9:10, MSG)

My Prayer for You

God, You truly are the God of our buried hopes and dreams. Thank You for nurturing and planting Your own love in our hearts, and for Your unending faithfulness. I love Your surprises, Lord! Touch those today who need to know You’re always there; You always care; and that You long  to encourage them in their joys or in their pain, with the comforting words only You can speak.

Day-votedly Yours,


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    6 Responses to “The God of Your Buried Dreams”

    1. Kathy Carlton Willis on September 17th, 2012 9:41 am

      Rebecca, your messages have been hitting me SPOT ON and I just wanted to stop by and THANK YOU for your wonderful insights. It’s almost as if our heartbeats are beating in rhythm together. Passions shared, dreams enhanced, vision and voice in tune with God. Blessings to you today!

    2. Karen M. Roth on September 17th, 2012 11:03 am

      This is the line that spoke to me the most:

      “Dreams grow better when drenched by the rain.”

      For you see, I have been battling my health since 2004 and in 2008 it took a turn for the worst and I have not yet recovered and this past week I was just informed by my doctor that I have a 80-90% chance of having MS (Multiple Sclerosis). I am only 40 yrs. old. I am a crafter. I am a doer. The past year has been the hardest on me. It seems the more I profess God’s healing the worse my body gets. I do know it is an all out attack from Satan, but it gets so terribly lonely at times when I am stuck in bed and unable to get to church for months at a time.

      I have been being attacked from every angle with no let up for years and I am rather ready for a reprieve so I can catch my breath. So I am asking for you and yours to pray for me and with me. God is my Healer and I want my healing, but if it is not to be to give me the strength and the correct attitude about it. As I want nothing more than to be an inspiration for someone else. I have been through so much pain and loss in my young life and I am having a very hard time seeing God through it all, but I know He is there right beside me all the way.

      I am just waiting for the ‘rain’ to end so I can see my dreams again.

      Thanks in advance for your prayers!

    3. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 17th, 2012 1:31 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Kathy! May the Lord bless you as you continue to share with others!

    4. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 17th, 2012 1:36 pm

      Karen, thanks for stopping by to share your story. I am so sorry about the physical battle you have been facing, and pray that God would give you encouragement today. May our Jehovah Rapha Healer bless you and do good for you, and give you His strength. No one knows our battles like the Lord Jesus! And He is always with you, no matter what!

    5. Patrick on September 29th, 2012 11:13 am


      I have been battling with some inner demons and few unanswered questions in my life. I was feeling very despondent when I came online to look for an encouraging word from the LORD and I came across this blog. You have no idea how uplifted I am feeling today. May the LORD bless you for this word of encouragement.

      In Christ,

    6. Rebecca Barlow Jordan on September 29th, 2012 11:45 am

      Patrick, thanks for stopping by with your comments. I’m glad the blog encouraged you! May the Lord keep encouraging you daily!

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