I remember longing to become a mom. And then God built our family through adoption, demonstrating His faithfulness to hear the desires of my heart, even if the whole story looked completely different than unexpected.
Now I’m a mom to three kids who are 10, 7 and 1, and God took that dream and expanded it after He made it possible.
My husband and I have had our eyes opened to needs right here in our community. That started with a couple local birth moms who chose us as parents and showed us how others in our small town live.
Then we started serving with our kids and other families. As we did, we met more people, networked with more groups, and started a small group dedicated to community service and living out our faith.
After making me a mom, God prompted me to encourage and support other adoptive and foster families. Then He used that to inspire me to volunteer at our local crisis pregnancy center. Without having journeyed with God to my dream of becoming a mom, I wouldn’t have been in a place to see the other needs around me.
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” – Philippians 1:6
Yes, God fulfilled one dream that I had, but He also used it to spur on other dreams that are connected to the heart of the first.
That’s how God works. He doesn’t finish with us and our dreams until we are with Him in heaven. Until then, all the dreams are part of the big-picture plan He has for us and He promises to finish what he started.
Of course, even rejoicing in the good gifts and celebrating dreams fulfilled doesn’t come easy. Getting to the finish line while chasing whatever dreams God has given you can be exhausting, but keep going because glory – His glory! – is coming.
“Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.” – 1 Peter 4:12-13 (The Message)
Sharing in His glory forever is well worth the obstacles and detours of any dreams. Knowing God is the giver of the dreams is what sustains us along the journey, when we can’t even see the destination.
Trust God to fulfill the dream He gave you and stick with Him long enough to see what else He’ll do. Perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of that glory around the corner.
Shared by: Kristin Hill Taylor