Dreams Are Galaxies
The night sky expands above me, infinite and full. The galaxies are blooming tonight. They burn in creamy pink, warm purple, swirling indigo. Comets fleck their stellar faces and constellations peek from the milky folds.
If dreams are birthed in reality, they’re as beautiful as this. But…
They are incomplete.
A familiar void hangs between the stars like a gaping hole. Empty. Hollow. Forlorn. It’s a black, blank space.
“When are you lighting up my sky?” I ask God. “When will you make my dreams come true?”
The Dreamer Waits
Proverbs 13:12 – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Darkness looks like unfulfilled dreams.
When a dream hasn’t come true it feels like a void. It’s empty, but heavy. And the greater the longing, the greater the pain, when the dreams have yet to come true.
Or when they never come true at all.
Whether they’re dreams to have a child, the yearning to marry, the desire for a healed body, the wish to succeed; whatever dream it is—as it rests in dormancy and blank spaces—it’s easy to be impatient. It’s also easier to be offended with God when the wait goes on for years and decades. And maybe even a lifetime.
The Dreamer Learns
Though God has made some of my dreams come true, I’m still waiting for more spectacular lights to blaze across my sky.
My journal notes all the rants, doubts, and frustrations. The heartache of dreaming is an intricate cycle of wishing, trusting, facing disappointment, and then picking up the courage to believe again.
But in between the painful pages, God traces the lines with stars. He reveals himself as the Dream Maker and ultimately, the Dream Fulfiller.
As I wait—as we wait—for our dreams, we can hold on to three simple truths.
1. God Has Bigger Dreams
I’m still staring up at my empty sky, when the Father turns me around, and I see His sky. I see His dreams. I see His galaxy.
He cradles a galaxy made of sapphire and cobalt blue. Magenta splashes and spreads like ink. Then the stars collide; they skitter from his fingertips. Brighter than fire.
All I envision for myself is a normal blue galaxy with paper stars. Simple. Easy. But too small after all.
“My dreams are bigger than yours,” He says. “My plans outweigh yours.”
He’s done it before…
He didn’t only promise Abraham a son—He gave him a nation, a people as numerous as the stars (Genesis 22:17).
He didn’t only restore broken hearts—He made them whole and recreated them into something more beautiful. Something better (Ezekiel 37:1-14).
His promises aren’t limited to this side of reality—His goodness transcends to eternity (1 John 2:24-25).
Though I could’ve settled for anything good, God wanted something better.
His colors are brighter (Psalm 138:8).
Isaiah 55:8-9 – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
2. God Is Greater Than the Dreams
Fear likes pestering the heart with questions. My journal pages record them in thick, dark letters.
“What if my dream doesn’t come true? Will I be disappointed with God?”
“Is it safe to believe in Him?”
“Can I handle the disappointment if He has other plans?”
“Will my dream be so big that it might crush me?”
Then He overtakes the questions. He spins the comets, stars, and planets in His palm and says, “I’m bigger than your dreams.”
My longings shrink in comparison to His lights and the ugly head of fear follows suit, growing smaller and smaller.
Dreaming suddenly transforms into something else. It becomes an invitation to trust His heart. It becomes a dare, where the dreamer free falls into His arms.
He is the Father who knows how to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11). He satisfies their desires with good things (Psalm 103:5; 1 Timothy 6:17). Though the empty spaces wait for stars, His intentions remain good (Romans 8:28).
3. God is the Greatest Dream
Psalm 37:4 – Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.
As we delight in Him, He refines our dreams and aligns them to His magnificent plans.
“Your dreams are never enough,” He says. “They’ll never satisfy you, because I’m the only One who can make your heart whole.”
This is the greatest paradigm shift. Our hearts are born with a void only its Creator could fill (Psalm 63). We’re not solely built for a dream—even if that dream is as pretty as a galaxy.
An earthly dream is futile; it’s nothing compared to the God who is jealous for us. (Deuteronomy 4:24; Mark 12:30).
Perhaps that’s why He allows delays in fulfilling dreams. He’s in the business of refining our hearts. He’s in pursuit, knowing that only He can cure the heart from its void.
When the dreamer pursues Him, the empty spaces come alive with colors. He fills and overwhelms. He satisfies.
The God of Dreams
My journal pages are still full of uncrossed wishes, but they’re now smaller compared to the chapters God wants to write.
After beholding the One who treasures dreams—as eyes are opened to His goodness (Psalm 34:8)—the heart realizes that He is the True Treasure after all.
He isn’t just the God who fulfills dreams.
He is the Greatest Dream.
Kristopher Roller (cover)
First published at One Voice Magazine