Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | February 8, 2016

Big Dreams…..

feb8“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21 9 (NIV)

We dreamed big and envisioned our future. We could taste the sweetness of longings fulfilled. We reached and stretched to realize the ideal, but awakened to find that life was not as it was supposed to be. Those dreams were elusive – a mere distant picture clued to our mind.

Singles long for marriage. Moms desire to stay home with their children. The unsaved spouse becomes more and more difficult. That degree framed on the wall collects dust while we work for minimum wage. The divorce papers arrive, and the happily ever after dances out the door. It feels like life isn’t as it was supposed to be.

Wonder if Paul felt that way? He’d spent his life killing Christians and ended up martyred for His faith in Christ. Wonder if that thought entered Peter’s mind? He denied Christ three times, however, his doubts and failures landed him the starring role in building Christ’s church. Wonder if Naomi felt that way? She enjoyed the fullness of life following her husband to Moab and returned home empty – childless and widowed. Wonder if Mary felt that way? Her baby – the Savior of the world – dying for her sins and rising again.

What in this life isn’t as it was supposed to be according to us? Like Paul, Peter, Naomi and Mary embracing God’s dreams meant leaving their ideals behind. His twist on their disappointments and disillusionments involved suffering mingled with joy and grace – the transforming of all things into His good. And in the happily ever after of eternity, our life is as it was supposed to be – worshipping the One who dreamed big of us.

“Father, You make all things new, better, improved and polished – a glorious shining of Who You really are!”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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