Once we get good at laying down the dream, it gets a lot easier to allow God to transform our ideas to match His own.
What My Messy Desk is today is a far cry from the way the dream began. Who knows what it will look like when it’s all said and done?
I thought I’d have a nice little business selling hand crafted items that I would run according to Christian principles to glorify God. But I didn’t really begin to scratch the surface of understanding what that meant back then. I just set that as my purpose. That was the definition of worthy work for me. It would validate what otherwise seemed fairly frivolous after a decade of serving in the Army.
But then God…
He shook my dream up. He changed it all around. He refined my plan. And He continues to (re)Design the dream.
At first it was hard to navigate all the changes He was making. I often felt as though I was going to stub my toe on some heavy piece of furniture He’d moved to the middle of what I once used as a hallway. I’d plan to do one thing and He’d direct me toward something else. Something I didn’t even know was part of the dream. I’d plan to go one direction and He’d spin me around and shove me toward something else. I’d plan to craft with paper and scissors and then He’d have me creating with words. I’d plan to gather women to paint or string beads and He’d have us comforting and encouraging one another. I’d plan to talk and He’d close my mouth and open my ears. I moved through my dream cautiously and a little bit afraid.
But I’ve learned that it is so much better this way. His way. He has been (re)Designing and refining my dream for nearly 6 years now and it just keeps getting better. He has added rooms and removed walls. He has created order where I thought a MESS was best. He has rounded rough edges and made the floorpan flow better.You see, God knows best. Even when we disagree. Click To Tweet
You see, God knows best. Even when we disagree. His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways. Just like the heavens are higher than the earth, His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). We don’t always understand them, but we can trust Him with our dreams because we can trust Him with our eternity.
Jesus’ friend and disciple, Peter, thought He had God’s plan figured out. He, like most of the Jews, expected the Messiah to come in and free them from Roman oppression. They thought He would be the next King of Israel. So when He started teaching about His death, Peter was indignant. He thought the plan was taking a wrong turn and was willing to fight to protect what he assumed was the right way. But Jesus. He knew His Father’s way was best. We now know that was the only way.
When God MESSES with our plans and dreams we do well to let Him have His way.
Our dreams may go through multiple (re)Designs. It doesn’t mean they were wrong. It just means God has something better in store for us. And wanting what God wants for us more than what we want for ourselves is a sign of spiritual maturity. Stubbornly refusing to submit to God’s (re)Design of our dreams is a dangerous road to travel.
Instead of stubbornly refusing the (re)Design, let’s simply submit to God’s superior specifications.Instead of stubbornly refusing the (re)Design, let’s simply submit to God’s superior specifications. Click To Tweet
Far be it for me to stand in His way.
Don’t miss the other great posts in this series:
And coming Soon:
Dreaming isn’t all Dandelions and Daffodils
Living the Dream
Dare to Dream Again
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