I wonder a lot if the plans I make are my plans or seeds planted from God.
Sometimes it can be so hard to tell, you know?
Good ideas come to mind and I get so excited and think "YES, that is what I'm going to do!!"
There was a time (not too many years ago), when my big fat plans and their good intentions would come crashing down all around me and I would be left sitting in the ashes wondering, what in the world just happened?
The dream sounded good, felt right. Why didn't it work?! I even prayed. Shouldn't God have worked all this out?
I remember distinctly reading in His word about how He works all things out for my good.
I would pout, cry, and be mad. Ask God,where are You?! You don't care!
During my tantrums, He usually stayed quiet.
That would make it worse. Didn't he care? I mean after all I was doing this for Him.
Or was I? I thought I was.
I used to walk in circles so many times. I would think I had things figured out and what God wanted and who He was and then back on my bum I would fall.
Dreaming was for the birds.
I decided if he wanted me to do something from now on, He would have to hit me over the head with it. Or better yet, flash a big red arrow-sign saying, This is the way, do this! ===>>
Oh, how frustrating life can be.
How do we really know if a dream is from God?
"Most people move ahead in their lives without pausing to ask what God wants. And here you are desiring to know-truly know-if this is what he has for you before you take another step. That alone is pleasing to him."It seems so simple. Ask Him. While I prefer the big red flashing sign. He prefers to walk along side of me as I pray and search within myself to figure it out.
I want to rush ahead as soon as a good idea pops into my head and do it NOW! And he wants me to go slow, with Him.
If I can honestly answer all of these questions and the answers seem to line up, then I move forward, prayerfully asking God to show me what's next.
Most of the time, and very slowly (God is all about developing that patience and perseverance muscle!), He will bring a Bible passage my way, a song, a blog post, or a person that will speak to me EXACTLY what I need.
And if He doesn't, I take what next step I can and wait ( oh, how I hate that word!).
I wish I could boldly say I have this God-sized dreaming thing figured out. And once I think I'm starting to, He surprises me with something else.
But, if there's one thing I have learned this past year, it is that it's not about the viral blog post, recognition, or a thousand "likes."
It's about the journey, the relationships, and the people you meet and touch along the way. That's it. Period.
Maybe God will bring you fame or money from all your dreaming and hard work. That would be great and I would be right there with you celebrating with a cupcake.
But if you're end goal and desire isn't to grow closer to God and love people, then the money and fame will be meaningless.
And how sad would that be to reach the end of your dream and to find yourself far from God and all alone?
Dreaming, man. It's hard.
It requires you to ask some tough questions of yourself. Are you ready? Do you know if your dream is from God?
Linking up with fellow dreamers today at God-sized dreams. Write up a post or join the conversation in the comments!
And my sisters over at SDG, Winsome Wed, Imperfect Prose, and #TellHisStory