Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you.
Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
I have been struck lately about how easily and quickly I can get caught up in the choppy waters of life. My emotions seem to go from smooth sailing and sunshine to plummeting into dark and stormy waters of a deep sea.
One day I’m up, the next I’m down.
Here’s what I mean. I had one of the most beautiful energizing, encouraging in-person weekends I could have imagined with a bunch of God-sized dreamers. We loved, we laughed, we shared dreams, struggles, triumphs. We connected fully, deeply, authentically (which is up there on the top of my Things I Love to Do Most in Life list). We enjoyed the communion of conversation, delicious meals, shared hearts. I left that sacred space with my dreaming sails full. Inspired!
I got home and within one day of my return, the winds of life shifted.
I got a phone call. My 83-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s and lives in a nursing home, was on her way to the hospital.
“We have sent her DNR papers with her.” That means “Do Not Resuscitate.” What? Was Mom dying?
Well first I’ll tell you Mom is okay. And from the moment I arrived at the hospital that was clear. She had a pacemaker put in and seems to be fine, physically. But can I tell you, those few days of flurry, uncertainty, time spent in a worried altered state…Well they just took me from well-full-speed-ahead dreaming girl, to stress-filled daughter. And my thoughts quickly went from, “With God, all things are possible” to “Forget it…there’s no point trying to travel toward my God-sized dream. Life is just too stressful.”
Thankfully, life returned to “more normal” (because really, is there such a thing as normal or routine for long? Not in my life…). Then some really awesome dream-related opportunities opened up.
- I started working with new clients as a Writing Coach. (Thank you Holley Gerth!)
- I got a letter saying my story was accepted into the final round for the latest in a very well-known book series.
- I had an article featured in our area Christian newspaper, Tri-State Voice.
Wow! My God-sized dream compass was steering me in the right direction.
Once again, I was full-speed-ahead sailing toward my dream destination.
I had terrible back pain that was acting up, followed by a terrifying MRI. And I’m talking about the actual MRI, not the results. (I am a bit claustrophobic…have you had an MRI?). The results were definitely not what I hoped for. Much more disc damage than was suspected, stenosis, arthritis, and a couple of other health issues too.
I was detoured by the emotional upheaval bad news can bring.
A rising tide of fear threatened my dream progress yet again. How are we supposed to continue cruising when there are so many shipwrecks along the way? (<==== Click to tweet)
I knew I had to drop anchor! I had to steady myself in the midst of these stormy seas of life. Because, really, this is how life is A LOT OF THE TIME. Circumstances…emotions…health issues…caregiving…(Name your obligations, obstacles, distractions here).
I thought about my lack of constancy. And how desperately I need to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, the true Captain of my dream ship.
He is my Lifesaver…the only way I can keep from sinking. (<==== Click to tweet)
How about you? Are you moving toward your dream destination? What or even who is threatening to sink your dream ship?
Shared by: Elise Daly Parker