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Have you ever possessed a desire burning deep in your soul that you later realized became a reality because it was placed there by God?
Growing up an only child, I dreamed of living as part of a big family.
I became obsessed with the television show, “The Waltons” because of the numerous siblings. “G’night, John Boy! G’night, Mary Ellen! G’night Jim Bob!” I even conjured up my own imaginary family, complete with two sisters and three brothers. Each of them had a name, and we’d go outside and shoot hoops together.
Eventually, the dream turned into marriage with six children.
You know – the one I DIDN’T plan. All this time I’d convinced myself I was in charge of birth control – how many children I would bear, and how spaced apart they would be. I thought this whole thing was MY dream.
Can you believe I was actually angry at God?
After she was born, she had her days and nights mixed up, I got zero sleep, AND she was a Velcro child. She never let me out of her sight – stood in between my legs, clinging to them while I fixed dinner. “Three kids and one Velcro, please”. Said no one, ever. Not me, anyway.
I realized that He was in charge of this dream – not me.
I set about raising four kids, and life was not without its challenges. Even though work frequently took him away from us, my husband was supportive in his role as father. When home, he remained actively involved – there was no checking out with him. It took teamwork, and although it took a few years, we got our rhythm down and supported each other in this adventure called child rearing.
So. Many. Laughs.
Who’s suffering from Empty Nest Syndrome? This girl. I had my dream, it came to fruition, and now, the kids are capable, functional, God fearing adults, seeking to earn college degrees and raise their own families. I’m so very thankful, and so blessed to have had their lives entrusted to me for a short while.
He gives each of us certain desires according to our personalities. Sometimes we find ourselves wondering what we were thinking – dreaming that dream in the first place once it comes true and we’re busting our keesters in the thick of it, but God gives strength to carry out the dream.
I know what you’re thinking – “What about my dream that never materialized?” I’ve had those kinds of dreams too. God has His reasons for saying no to our dreams. We may never know why, but we can trust our Maker that He knows best. I find the best way to look at that is to realize He has a better plan, and He’s saving us from something that would possibly hurt us or turn us down a wrong path.
There comes a point where we must relinquish our dreams to God, and trust Him with open hands and hearts.
You’re never too old to dream – you just have to make sure your dream lines up with God’s. “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4. If you are delighting in the Lord and His Word, your ideas, plans, goals, and dreams will line up with His!
What is your dream? How has God answered your dreams in the past?
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