"Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion" (2 Samuel 23:20, NIV).
Here's a personal confession. I am a dreamer. I live in a world of optimism, trying to believe in the best when the "worst" seems to win. I dream about what could be instead of wasting time moaning about what used to be or might never be. I dream about the impossible, believing that God is bigger than every obstacle that would stand in the way. I play out the dream in my mind, as though I can see it, feel it, and enjoy it as though it were already my own reality.
But even as a dreamer, I can face the everpresent realities of discouragment and other dream-blockers. The concept of roadblocks to the dream is just as much of a reality as the dream itself. The question for me becomes, am I willing to chase down the very thing that seeks to stand in the way between me and what God has called for me to have, to own, to enjoy, and to occupy.
So was the case for the warrior, Benaiah. Though there are few words that are spoken about him, they speak volumes as to who he was, who he believed in, and his refusal to be beaten by anything that stood in the way of the task to which he was called. He chased down a lion, pursued him into a pit, and overtook him in victory. He didn't allow the intimidation of his obstacle, the elements of the climate around him, nor the darkness of his situation to stop him fom claiming his "W."
A dream without courage is nothing more than an active imagination. There will always be obstacles to every dream. Like a lion, the looming discouragment of that obstacle will seek to pursue and overtake the dreamer and the dream. Rather than run on the defensive away from where the dream would take you, turn and chase the lion. Choose to let no obstacle stand in the way of the dream that God has placed in your heart. If it means chasing the lion, then chase the lion. If it means jumping into the darkness of a pit for a one on one attack, get ready to jump! Remember that a leap of faith in God requires a belief that you are not nor ever will be alone. If He's called you to the dream, then He will be with you in the fight with the lion that seeks to devour the dreamer and terminate the dream. Don't be distracted by the climate around you. Remember who is really in control and gives you strength in the midst of ALL you face. The God of the dream will give you the courage to chase the lion, jump into a pit, and come out victorious, and see the dream become the reality.