We don’t want to think about it, do we? Those times when a dream completely derails. Or it somehow goes wrong in a way you never imagined or contemplated.
God-sized dreams are not controllable. I was just telling Tricia Goyer Saturday that I firmly believe one reason God has me in publishing is that it is so outside of my control. I can write the book, but I can’t make it a best-seller. I can’t force a publisher to like an idea and me. I can’t control how long I’m in this crazy business. I am constantly reminded just how in control God is.
So what happens when we lose control and the dream is derailed? Do we get up and charge forward, trying one more time? Will we press on or give up?
Holley challenges us to ask three questions to guard our hearts when it comes to decisions about our dreams:
- Does it align with Scripture?
- What do the wise people in my life say about it?
- When I pray about this, what does it seem God is whispering to me?
These are great questions! Often it is when I am ready to give up and I’ve resurrendered the dream to God, that is when He begins to show up with patience and encouragement. Remember today’s showers are tomorrow’s flowers!
Now for a hard question: When something doesn’t work out the way you plan, do you tend to give up or try again? What encourages you to persevere?