“Live in the dreams of what God is doing.”
A friend of mine wrote this wonderful thought down in a card for me for my last birthday. I rediscovered it recently, finding new meaning in it because of some major life changes that are occurring for me right now.
More recently, another friend wrote me, encouraging me with this beautiful thought: “Never forget you are loved & what comes ahead is a grand adventure of Christ’s design~ so it’s wrapped in beauty & splendor only He could create.”
I was struck by her choice of words—“a grand adventure of Christ’s design.” It combined nicely with my other friend’s thought of “living in the dreams of what God is doing.” If I have learned anything this year, it has been that resting in Jesus and learning to obey Him in every area is truly the greatest, indeed, the grandest, adventure I have ever had. Yet, sometimes, especially in seasons when change abounds, it is especially hard to trust my God. His will is not spelled out in minute details for me; often it is simply a knowing He provides—a peace and a direction at just the right time. It is a call to act in faith and obedience upon the commitment and confidence I have in Christ in the little things as well as the big ones—moment by moment.
In this particular season, it means putting some long-held dreams of mine on hold for His dreams (which are slowly becoming mine), a sometimes heart-ripping challenge. Yet He is awakening a peace and an excitement within me for His dreams for this season and the ones to come. I can see the opportunities for ministry and growth opening up before me. And while much of the details of His plans for me are undisclosed, the glimpses I am given are quite extraordinary, and they fill me with hope and joy—because He planned them. I am reminded that I am not promised tomorrow, but I am promised Jesus (Hebrew 13:8; James 4:13-15). And I am commanded to use the time and gifts that He has given for His purposes (Ephesians 2:10; 5:15-17).
I see His perfect track record (even in confusion) in Scripture and in my own life. I saw it when a loved one’s death brought me to the realization of the hope I had in Jesus. I saw it when He enveloped me in His love when the scared younger me got on a plane with a group of people to minister in Asia, and, through that adventure, He moved subtly yet strongly within me towards lasting change in my own life. I saw it when He moved my heart and my lips towards others, even when I didn’t have the best attitude or felt incapable. I saw it when He stood beside me even when I grew angry with Him when my mom got cancer. I saw it even when I sobbed selfishly over His perfect timing when I wanted something right then, yet He gave wisdom in my waiting.
So, as I move into this new season, I greatly appreciate your prayers. Please thank God for these new opportunities in my life. Ask that He give me still more excitement, joy, and trust in Him. But most all, pray that I would fix my eyes on Jesus. Just Jesus. Only Jesus. For in following Him, I embark on the grand adventure I was made for.
“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”
–Psalm 16:8 ESV
“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
–Psalm 37:5 ESV