April 13, 2020
By Fadi Kamel
Don’t stop dreaming. During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is so easy to let fear take over and let your dreams die. I know this because I myself am experiencing moment of this fear as I sit down and reevaluate things I have dreamt about accomplishing in 2020.
I had been dreaming of expanding the voice of Chosen Messenger for a while now; to open it up and allow other people to share their faith stories. To bring you different voices from everyday people who are living their everyday life with their everyday faith. This was the year I was going to pursue it.
Another dream was in regards to our seventh Nations Worship Night event which was scheduled to be held on June 6th with gracious hosts at the Brazilian Christian Church. This event was going to be extra special this year because we had envisioned doing it as a family now that Ezra is here. It is super important for Jillian and I to have our baby boy witness his parents living out their faith and I had dreamt about being a parent and worshiping at this event with my son.
In fear, these dreams feel threatened bin our current circumstances which leave me feeling very defeated. And I bet I am not the only one who feels this way.
But I write this as a reminder to myself and an encouragement to you– do not stop dreaming God sized dreams. It is easy to fall into fear and to stop dreaming but as children of God, I believe such period like this is a time we were made for, “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
In the last couple of weeks I have held on to the faithful call of God and continue to pursue expanding Chosen Messenger and planning for our Nations Worship event. I believe if our dreams are God’s dreams then nothing will stop them. And in doing so, God has brought to Chosen Messenger David VanEpps. Dave is a husband, father, business professional, athlete, and child of God. He is a well-established writer having written a book called “Enjoy the Journey” and is working towards his second. I’m super excited to be announcing that he will be joining the Chosen Messenger family as a contributor. I cannot wait for you to read what God has placed on his heart. Moreover, I am thrilled to start sharing more of Jillian’s writing. She has been a crucial instrument to Chosen Messenger doing so much work behind the scenes and now she will be writing and sharing what’s on her heart.
I continue to pray and rely on God to make this dream a reality. To see everyday people, everyday life, everyday faith to be the stories that you read on Chosen Messenger. I will hope, trust and place this dream in God’s hands because He is a waymaker!
A few weeks ago, I was sitting at my kitchen table with my bible, journal and a cup of coffee. It was six in the morning. This is the usual for me to have my devotion time with God. The early hours with Jesus are very special but that morning did not feel that way. I woke up feeling very sick and thankfully it was not the virus. Furthermore, that day happened to be the first day of the indefinite “Work from home” policy my company issued. As I was fighting through my headache and body ache, I did not have it in me to stay awake and continue my alone time with Jesus. I just wanted to shrink back into my bed and sleep for days but through it I prayed half awake and I heard God say, “Pray, praise and heal” I was not sure what that meant but then I heard, “Continue to pray, continue to praise and I will heal” I sat on that for couple of days before I shared it with the Nations Worship crew. I pulled out my cell phone and I wrote this text,
“Hey everyone! I hope you’re all staying well. I just wanted to drop in and say that in days like this, it is our prayers and praises that will heal us. In the darkest hours, the church will shine the brightest. I love all of you and our worship is made for days like this. So, don’t stop praying, don’t stop praising because His healing is on the way!
Anticipating that churches are open, and gatherings are allowed, we are still planning on having our Nations Worship night on Saturday, June 6th. Continue to pray and praise in the days ahead as more unfolds.
I love you all”
Writing this blog today on Saturday, March 28th I would be lying to you if I said I am fully confident that we will be having the worship night in June. The way things are unfolding may lead us to either canceling or rescheduling the event. But, one thing I do know is that I am not canceling or rescheduling my dream to be worshiping with Ezra at our Nations Worship night event. I know whether it is on June 6th or on another date, this dream is God’s dream and He will bring it to fruition.
In a time of uncertainty, it is so easy to give up on your dreams and feel helpless. But the beauty of our dreams is that if Jesus gave it then ain’t nothing is stopping it. No, not even a pandemic. Hence, don’t stop dreaming because your dreams are not cancelled.