On Wednesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are excited to welcome Suzanne Vel to God-sized Dreams. She shares how God is stretching her beyond her fears and taking her on an unexpected adventure. Thanks for being here today, Suzanne!
“We should take a month off of work and travel around the world this summer.”
That was the text I got from my husband one night around 11 pm. I had already gone to sleep and turned out the lights for the day, but when my phone made that recognizable, beep beep of an incoming text, I got up to see who was texting me so late at night. My first thought (while cozy in my bed) was, but I like it here.
Followed immediately by my justification for my fear.
I know God can handle keeping me safe here. I don’t want to push my luck and go too far out of my comfort zone, or in my moment of little faith, too far for God’s safety net to catch me.
My teenage daughters received the same text from their dad, and their reactions were the opposite of mine. When are we leaving? Where will we visit? How can I help plan our trip?
The next morning as we all gathered to discuss our thoughts, I listened to their excitement, and all I could think was, it’s a scary world out there. What if something terrible happens to my family? What if, what if, what if???
I knew I needed to talk to God about all of this before I either became too anxious to enjoy myself, or caused my anxiety to ruin the fun for the rest of my family.
It helps me decide if what I am fearing is a valid concern, or simply an opportunity for God to stretch my faith. My solution is to believe God when He says in Philippians 4:6-7 that I should take all of my concerns to Him in prayer and that He will replace my fear with His peace which surpasses all understanding. I learned this, as a personal truth, over the last two years of my life because I have prayed in exactly this way and watched God continually fill me with His peace.
Every single morning I wake up and the very first thing I do is ask God, “What do you want to talk to me about today?”
He has never failed to answer that question.
So on this morning, like all others, I began the conversation with God. I asked Him if I should be concerned about this trip?
His response was to remind me that He is bigger than my fears. His protection is not dependent on me staying in one little town in America and never venturing to the rest of the world. He not only created the whole world, but He wants me to experience it and see it all, fearlessly, because He is real, able, and stronger than any challenge I will ever face.
Once I spoke with God I received the peace that He promised I would in His word, and I was then able to join my family in their excitement about planning our trip. As we move forward there are still plenty of opportunities to let fear rule my decisions or to let God have the final say.
For example, when we reserved the flight for the first leg of our trip my husband and I stopped and prayed together for God’s will to be done and for Him to be glorified wherever He sends us to spread His love. I have never felt so much peace released into my soul from one prayer, as it was that day. Immediately following that prayer we confidently hit reserve on those tickets, taking the first baby step that will lead to a trip around the entire globe.
We leave at the end of July, and we look forward to sharing God’s love with every single person we meet, as well as teaching our girls through this experience that God-sized dreams are possible.
Suzanne is a wife, mother, and believer in Christ. She has a passion and dedication to anything she puts her heart to; from early morning quiet times with God to training for five full marathons. She learned about God on her second date with her future husband, Randy, when she was 22 years old. She grew in her faith continually, but it wasn’t until she learned why she really wanted to know God as her personal friend and confidant that she found out what it truly means to have faith in the one true King. Suzanne’s goal now is to show others how to find their why so that their lives can be as dramatically changed as hers was on August 11, 2014. You can find her devotional book, To Show His Love, over at Amazon!
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