Monday, March 26, 2012

God-Sized Dreams Depend on Trust

Wait and trust the Lord.

(Psalm 37:7a NCV)


Last week I wrote about God-Sized Dreams—a dream we feel called to, while knowing it can only be accomplished through God. But what about the dreams we can’t identify? Sometimes a God-sized dream is more of a feeling. A feeling that God is calling us to do more…but He hasn’t shown us what we’re supposed to be doing.

In that case we have two options…rush ahead and try to figure it out or trust that God will give us more than a feeling in His own perfect time.

Which option would you choose?

In my experience, option one doesn’t work out so well. While I may be praying, I’m not listening. Although I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing, I convince myself that I have God’s plan figured out and I rush ahead to act. When I look back, I see that God hasn’t moved forward with me. I didn’t hear Him say “wait” because I was too busy taking it into my own hands and trying to control His plan.

Option two is to wait patiently, knowing and trusting that God has it all under control. Waiting patiently is not easy. I want to be doing something. I want to get started on whatever His plan is. But that’s not how it works. Sometimes God gives the feeling of a dream long before He reveals what the dream is.

That’s what happened to me.

Last year, I started my blog for the purpose of hosting online Bible studies for women. It wasn’t my idea. It was God’s.

I’m employed in church ministry, but for at least a year prior to the idea of an online study, I had a very real feeling that I was supposed to do more. More of what, I had no idea. But the feeling was undeniable.

I mentioned it to only a couple of friends, and when I talked about it, I felt like I was bubbling over with energy and excitement. I still didn’t even know what I was excited about, but I guess that’s how a God-sized dream is. You can’t help but feel energized thinking about it.

During that time, I continued to pray and trust that when He was ready, He would share the plan with me. As I look back now, I see that He was preparing me to step outside of my comfort zone. I knew nothing about social media, nor did I want to learn, so this was a huge leap for me. Without the year of God growing the feeling of a dream in my heart, I most likely would have quickly dismissed the idea of an online study. I think God knew that. {smile}

In Christ,
Laura 

23 comments:

  1. Waiting and trusting - its the way of God in my life. We have moved eight times in our marriage/ministry. Each time God spoke to us ahead of time and then we waited for his timing. When the change arrived we were ready to move in trust.

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    1. The waiting can be the most difficult part for me! Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!
      God bless,
      Laura

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  2. I so can identify!! I've got a project in the works. Every time I do something, nothing happens. Every time I do nothing, something happens. God will get the glory - I just need to let Him do it! Thanks for the great reminder.

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    1. Michelle, thanks so much for your comment and for visiting!

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  3. ahhh! that's the hardest part ... waiting and trusting. not taking it into our own hands. i love how He starts with that little feeling, "get ready ... I'm preparing you for something big!" and when we sit back and have faith ... oh the magic that follows!

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    1. "get ready ... I'm preparing you for something big!" I like that! Thanks for visiting and commenting Tracie!

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  4. Lovely post, Laura.
    "that’s how a God-sized dream is. You can’t help but feel energized thinking about it."
    and it's such a surreal excitement, isn't it! especially when you know you're going to have to take that leap...after He's clearly said to jump.

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us today!

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  5. That is what I did when I started to blog. I knew nothing about it, was in the beginning more of a journal just for me and then it moved to a few friends and relatives then it moved to more, then God gave me opportunity to guest post and that added more and now it is open to the public.
    I didn't know what to name it, and through prayer the name came, (didn't know of your blog then). God said 'to write' and do it deep from the heart, and that is what has taken place. The hardest part was taking the first step and trusting in the process.

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    1. Isn't it something to look back and see the journey we may not have known we were on? Absolutely incredible! Thanks for visiting today!

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  6. It is hard to wait. When do you think maybe this is not to be? Maybe this is God's way of closing the door? Only one way we will know for sure is to look back over many years. Great thoughts.

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    1. Oh yes, I agree, until time has passed and I can look back, it's hard to know if His answer is "not yet" and I'm waiting, or if His answer is no.
      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!
      In Christ,
      Laura

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  7. well, option one is the way I usually go. I get so excited and want to 'do' instead of letting the dreams simmer. Simmering enriches and enhances. so hard to wait.

    I have seen in my life the value of waiting for God's timing but still have to intentionally put the brakes on or I speed ahead of God once again.

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    1. I'm with you Jean, I have to keep myself from rushing ahead. From experience, I can remind myself that rushing ahead never works very well!
      God Bless,
      Laura

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  8. I could really relate to your comment about getting out of your comfort zone with social media...I recently joined Twitter and I am still praying about FB...wonderful post, Laura :) Keep dreaming and following Him :)

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  9. It is always cool to see how God will work when we step out in faith!

    Blessings,
    Lisa

    www.moretobe.com & www.pnpcoaching.com

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment Lisa!

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  10. Too often I rush on ahead without knowing what it is He really wants me to do. Great post, it resonated with me:)

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  11. Hi Laura - I also felt for a long time that I was supposed to be doing more and when i started my blog it was as an extention of my quiet time. God had other plans. Great post. thanks for linking up. you know I love seeing you there:)
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. Thanks Tracy, so glad we've been able to get to know each other! God Bless!

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!