On my way to Houston to celebrate my birthday, I had a short layover in Chicago. It was just getting dark as we were flying into the Chicago area. Lights below were starting to twinkle and it was a beautiful sight.
Looking out my window, I could see the airport below, and watched as we flew right past it, headed out to the edge of the city, and finally over the waters of Lake Michigan below.
Then there were a couple of what seemed like sharp turns to get us headed back toward the airport. It likely seemed a little more scary because we could see the frozen waters below, dark and uninviting.
Finally, we straightened out and the view was breathtaking.
Sometimes in this dream-chasing journey, I get stuck. My focus is on the end result, the destination. How soon will I get there? When will my dream ever come to fruition? “Are we there yet, mom”….oh wait, that is another type of trip! 😉
But really, have you been there?
Been headed towards that goal, maybe even been to the place where you can see the end in sight and then there is what seems to be a detour? You fly right past and think wait…where were the brakes?!
It can be frustrating. We pray, we ask God for guidance, but we have been so focused on the end that we have missed each and every beautiful moment along the way.
I don’t want to be a woman who misses the wonder of the journey. (<====Click to Tweet)
Sure the destination, the dream, the goal IS important. But I believe that God wants us to remain in the moment too. To see and recognize each step that gets us to our destination. See the beauty of the twinkling lights, even if it means we have to go out of the way and over rough waters to get there.
If you asked me today what my “dream” was, it looks different than it did a few years ago. I no longer feel the need to “make it” in the blogging world. I write when and if God inspires me to do so. If I am silent for a length of time, it is probably either because I am not listening well to God…or he is just working out the kinks in some areas of my life so that I can be of better use for His purposes.
Either way, my dreams now look less about what might be in it for me and more about what I might do for Him. And I want to be a woman who enjoys the journey.
And I say this with all the humbleness I can muster too…it hasn’t been easy. I have been discouraged when a post I thought was stellar wasn’t shared or liked or commented on. I have felt jealousy when I saw other writers publish a book or were invited to speak at a conference. Why not me, Lord? That has been my heart cry more times than I would like to admit.
But slowly, ever so slowly, I am learning that each moment in the journey is priceless. (<====Click to Tweet)
And I have a lot of learning to do. Maybe I will never write a book or speak at a conference…but that doesn’t mean this journey has been worthless.
On the contrary, I have been given so many gifts along the way. I may have spent too much time focusing on those things that seemed like the negatives of the detours, but when I step back and see the road for what it really is, I see all the friendships I have gained along the way, the prayers I have been given and been honored to pray for others. And the opportunities for growth and spiritual maturity as I learn to lean on and trust God with everything.
All of it’s hard work, but sometimes life is just that. Hard work!
The blessings that come from the difficult nos, the changes, and bumpy roads…they are gifts I will treasure for a lifetime. My friends make every moment worth it!
If you find yourself in that place, the place of discouragement and doubt. If you feel like your dream has passed you by…have hope! Take a step back and count a blessing. Find that gift in each moment and step forward in faith that God will make good come out of all of it. And until we reach that final destination, see that dream fulfilled…let’s find ways to encourage one another. Because this hard work can be tough and lonely at times. We all need a little support!
If there is any way that I can be praying for you, would you please leave a comment and let me know? It would be an honor to lift you up!
Shared By: Kristin Smith