Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12
Most of us start dreaming at an early age. There are some dreams that can change with different seasons of life, but then there are those dreams that reside deep inside of our very being. We truly desire for the day to come when these dreams are fulfilled.
But what happens when those dreams we’ve longed for don’t seem like realities? It’s difficult not to get discouraged if dreams tarry. Our flesh wants that dream fulfilled now and we want to jump straight to the day when it is. In a world that teaches and fosters instant gratification, it can be difficult for us to understand God’s plans through deferred dreams.
Our Father knows our hearts and he knows the desire to have our dreams fulfilled, but he also wants our ability to be faithful to match the magnitude of our dreams. We need to be able to steward our dreams; we need God’s wisdom. Isn’t it interesting that this verse was written just after God taught us the wisdom of gradual increase in previous verses? Our timing is not always God’s timing, but God’s timing is the perfect timing for our lives.
The bottom line is this, everything we experience in life is a memory to the Lord. He sees and has seen everything. He knows what is best for us and he knows potential hazards in our lives. If we invite him to be our ultimate guide and surrender our dreams for his dreams for our lives; he will do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Father God, you are the one who is steadily guiding me day by day towards my dream’s grand fulfillment. I ask that your Spirit shows me the steps I need to take in this season of life so that I can progress towards the sweet and satisfying experience of a dream fulfilled. And, Father, when dreams don’t exactly go how I planned or saw in my mind, please remind me that you know better than I. You always have my best interest in mind. Thank you for your faithfulness and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
– Lisa Copeland