The Lord and I were talking this morning and He said, “Instead of asking people what is their dream, ask them what is their desire.” He went on to say, ”Knowing our desire, will help us to articulate our dream.” I thought that was a needed correction, for many people can share their dreams, but how many people can actually articulate what they desire? David, king of Israel said, “One thing I have asked of the LORD; this is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and seek Him in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). From this one desire, he financed the building of the temple in Jerusalem. The dream came out of desire.
Desire is an issue of the heart, for many our desires are so intimate, so deep inside of us, that we struggle to find words to describe or explain it, and many times those desires are connected to some sort of pain. When pain is attached to desire, it is hard to answer the question, what do you desire. But the psalmist says, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Therefore, if we dig down into the layers of who we are, we find it starts with delight, this identifies desire and then we can share our dream.
The order of questions then is not what is your dream, but where is your delight? What is your desire? Out of that place, share your dream. Just like building a house, we must drill down to bedrock in order to lay the foundation. Today as you pray, let the Lord lead you into the place in your heart where desire is and when you see what you really desire, it may solidify or modify your dream. The question is not what is your dream; the question is who is your delight?