God has a plan to fulfill the dreams and the purpose He has established for you.
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~ James 1:2-4
Our life doesn’t always look perfect, complete, lacking in nothing. We often feel undone. But because we know that God is good and that He never changes we can also rest in His perfect will for us, that He has a plan and regardless of timing He loves us.
“It is about rejecting the myth that every day is a new opportunity to prove our worth, and about the truth that our worth is inherent, given by God, not earned by our hustling.” ~ Shauna Neiquist, Present Over Perfect
We reflect our Creator we are made in His image. He does things well. He is interested in the details of our lives.
“The most difficult part of mature faith is to allow ourselves to be the object of God’s delight.” ~ Alan Jones
People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. ~ St. Augustine
“One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are.” ~ Henri Nouwen
We are God’s children and we can trust His timing!
In Genesis 37:1-11 God gives Joseph dreams for his life. God never changed the dream or the plan. What He spoke to Joseph came true, but it took a very long time to come to pass. Joseph endured betrayal, slavery, and imprisonment before coming to power and his family bowing down to him like he saw in the dreams.
We see through all of the situations that Joseph faced that never once could he rely on human intervention to save or deliver him. We also see that he did not become bitter or resentful.
The restoration process is clearly visible in Joseph’s story, He says to his brothers who sold him into slavery “You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good to save the lives of many people, which is being done.” ~ Genesis 50:20 NCV
God redeemed goodness out of slavery, imprisonment, and starvation! He made Joseph’s life beautiful in His time. God has good plans of restoration for you and I as well.
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. ~ Ephesians 1:4 NIV
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ~ Ephesians 2:10 NIV
God who never changes decided long, long ago that He would choose you and use you and your life for good.
Restoration is not a quick, prefabricated project that is thrown together. It is a deliberate and planned removal of the unwanted, a detailed refining of that which is to be preserved, and an addition of that which was not before. ~ Barbara Stephens
The final piece of our restoration quote speaks of addition. Adding what was not before, another way to say that is fulfilling dreams.
“Restoration involves a relationship with a Good God. Daily inviting Him to wash old wounds, highlight talents and joys, and courageously add things we are too timid to admit we dream of accomplishing.” ~ Melisa Turner, But God…A Doctrine of Hope
Robin Jones Gunn in her book Victim of Grace speaks about the dreams in our hearts. She asks “Where do these foundational inklings inside us come from? Does God plant seeds of our dreams deep within before we’re born?” She goes on to discuss the idea that some dreams grow and some do not and that “It seems to have very little to do with the dreams themselves but everything to do with the One who planted the dreams inside us. God has been a Planter, a Gardener, from the beginning…He is the one who plants and uproots. God gives; God takes away…The conclusion I came to was this: God is God. He can do whatever He wants. But what he wants most is a relationship with us.”
Believe God will fulfill the dreams He has planted in your life!
Choose to pursue a relationship with Him instead of striving to accomplish the task or dream itself.
Lord, draw us close to You, that as we know You, we will trust You and Your timing.