I believe we all have a dream for our lives and dreams come quite easy for me. What doesn’t come so easy is embracing God’s plan. I should, of course. I must, if I embrace obedience to my King, but therein lies the difficulty for most of us in the Western Church. We have been raised in democracy with many freedoms and choices. We are comfortable with our freedom. Yet we are kingdom people who profess our allegiance to a King.
My dictionary defines the concept of allegiance with words like, commitment, dedication, loyalty; cooperation; communalism, consecration, devotion, enlistment and faith.
We like the sound of those words, especially the last few, but liking them versus walking them out can be difficult for freedom-minded people like ourselves.
Surrendering my dream to embrace God’s plan in God’s way, and in God’s timing, yeah. To me that is the true definition of “letting go.” And that doesn’t necessarily come easy.
It means I must be willing, patient, and open to a new way of looking at my circumstances. Not easy to do when you believed you had the “perfect plan” is it?
I think sometimes when our hopes seem dashed it is not that we misunderstood the “what” but that perhaps we misunderstood “the how, the when, and the why.”
God’s ways for us are perfect.
“For I know the plans I have for you…” says Jeremiah 29:11.
How many times have I heard someone quote that verse when talking about their dreams?
But there is also this verse from Isaiah,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” [55:8-9]
Our “thoughts” are often so imperfect.
So our loving Father steps in. Rearranges our life—our plans. Constructs a new way. And let’s face it, getting rearranged God’s way can really hurt sometimes. Especially if it comes in painful ways we are struggling to grasp or understand.
God says nothing is impossible for Him.
He tells me to ask and ask BIG.
I think sometimes when it seems as though God is shipwrecking our dreams it isn’t because we have asked for too much, but that we have expected, too little.
Our dreams are to serve His Kingdom plans for us.
We serve an omnipotent King, and I think that we are often tempted to “help things along” in our impatience, and that is when we can get out of our King’s timing. God has every intention of fulfilling His plan—but always in His time and in His way.
I surrender my thoughts, my plans, my timing, and hang on tight to the promises in God’s word.
I must wait as I cling to words like these.
“For with God nothing is impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.”
Luke 1:37 AMP