4 Truths About Dreams That Don't Come True

Our dreams are some of the most personal things in our lives. We hold them close to our hearts and only share them with our dearest, most trusted friends. Sometimes, though, our dreams seem impossible or they just plain don't come true. Alli is a dreamer who had had incredible dreams come true and who has some still waiting to come to fruition. Her words do an incredible job pointing us back to Jesus, the one who gives true meaning and purpose to each of our dreams. It's an honor to have Alli share her words in this space. 

We all have dreams for our lives. It’s tantalizing when your dreams are suddenly a reality. But what happens when those dreams don’t come to fruition? Could we look at a failed dream as a remarkable circumstance? What if God wanted to redeem it? Here are a few truths about the dreams you thought would come true, but didn’t.

Your dreams for your life do not define you. But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9 ESV Sometimes we get so attached to an idea we make it a part of our identity. It’s not careless to dream about your life. But temper your hope with wisdom, choosing to walk only in who Christ says you are. If then, by chance, your dream doesn’t come true, you’re not in a puddle of confusion and delay when what you longed for doesn’t happen.

Your dream not coming true isn’t God holding out on you. This lie loves to show up when we’re disappointed with the result. Couldn’t He just give us what we want? Sure. Absolutely. But just because we want that dream, it doesn’t mean it’s right for us. Sometimes it could be a timing issue. Maybe we need to grow in an area before our dream is realized. Or maybe it’s just not going to happen at all. Sometimes His “No” is the most loving “Yes” because He knows what is best for you and I. His “No” never shows a lack of love, but an abundance of it. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued My faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3b

Your dreams highlight how He’s gifted you. Every person who is an expert at something wasn’t an expert the first time they tried it. Overnight success isn’t mandatory. These days culture shames failure, but each time we go after our dreams, we grow. And that passion, if you’re in Christ, typically reveals how He’s gifted you. You have a dream to start a homeless shelter? A dream to care for single moms? Have a home full of children? There’s a good chance your dream originated with Him. So cultivate them. It may not have the expected result the first go ‘round, but He wouldn’t start something in you that He didn’t want to finish with you. And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 ESV

Your dreams? Run after them! For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 ESV So your dream did not come true. It stings for a little while. But it’ll be ok. The Kingdom is not at risk. You’re not going to “mess up” His plans for your life because you tried something and it didn’t turn out as you expected. Don’t give up! He planted a dream inside you, so let it grow, wild and free. Our God is sovereign and uses everything for our good and His glory, including our dreams that don’t come true.

Alli is a fellow dreamer, author and teacher. She loves turning pages, learning more about our Living Hope, laugh lines, and serving in her local church body. Her heart is for helping people recognize God is for them and has ideas for their life that are completely possible with His leadership. Say hello on Instagram and check out her devotional on Amazon.


  1. I love this post! It's a tough thing to wait on God's timing for our dreams to pan out. But I know that He has got a greater plan than me.

    1. Thats so true, Megan! He sees things far different than we do!

  2. This is brilliant and soooo scripturally founded. I've had to let go of some dreams (like marrying a extrovert worship leader, haha!!!) but it's been cool to see how God has worked amidst those things (like marrying my insanely incredible introvert husband) :)

    Thanks for sharing this story here!

    1. Isn't she awesome, Julie?! I loved this story so much, too! Her biblical foundation for her thoughts was so inspiring!