Dreams are such fragile little things. We hold them close to our hearts daring to believe that one day our dreams will come true.
Dreams ignite hope. Hope gives us the courage to look to the future. Dreams help us to plan. Our lives are built on plans. We begin life by imagining the next adventure. Education. Driving. Jobs. Marriage. Children. Retirement. Heaven.
But then, things change. Sickness. Heartache. Job loss. Waiting. Detours. Delays. Disappointment. The loss of a dream often brings discouragement and hopelessness.
Physically there was no way Sarah could become pregnant.
Moses spent forty years in the desert before leading his people out of Egypt.
Joshua and Caleb, still carrying the dust of Canaan, watched as their dreams fell to the ground. Although faithful, they were sentenced to forty years in the wilderness.
Martha ran to Jesus and said, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”
Loss of hope
Paul, a Hebrew of Hebrew, born of the tribe of Benjamin thought he had it going on until Jesus gained his attention on the road to Damascus.
Change of plans
Don’t you love that word? I do when it pertains to the things of God, the author of our hopes and dreams. As the Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2), He is well able to keep His promises. And in the end, He alone will get the glory.
God is not behind schedule, and we are not late for the appointment. He knows exactly what He is doing. And in His time, everything will fall into place. All we have to do is surrender our dreams to Him, move when He speaks, and trust His heart.
Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14
Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. Genesis 4:12
Doubtless ye (the doubters) shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. Numbers 14:30
Thy brother shall rise again. John 11:23
But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he (Paul) is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel. Acts 9:15
So, why the wait? Only God can answer that question. But one thing is certain. A circuitous journey prepares us for the destination. While passing through the valley or hiking over the mountain, let’s dig a well and claim the ground! Learn of Him, and collect every nugget along the way
Easy? Not by a long shot. Read the red. He promised troubles and trials, heartaches and afflictions. Yet, He also promised to never leave us.
Delays, disappointments, and detours are nothing in His hands. God’s not behind. You’re not late. Trust His heart. He knows what is best.