On Tuesdays 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, Amy Boyd, to this space. We know her words will encourage you, wherever you are in your dreaming journey.
As I sit in my bedroom folding clothes, I am startled by my 7 year old daughter’s screams of pains. She is followed close behind by her older brother yelling, “I didn’t do it. I didn’t touch her.” I meet her in the hallway and quickly see a trip to the ER is in order for a possible broken arm. After a few hours and a couple of x-rays the break is confirmed. The doctor pops the first x-ray up on the light box to show us how bad the break is. He then goes on to tell us not only is the inter bone of her forearm broken but also the outer bone is bent.
How is a bone bent but not broken?
Dr. R tells us children’s bones are malleable until they mature around the age of 16. Of course, my next question was, what can we do about it? He orders a few more x-rays and the decision was made to cast the arm to heal the break. He would order monthly follow ups to examine the bend as she grew. If the bone was not straightened out on its own by the time she was 12 or 13 then it would have to be surgically broken and corrected.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
Many of our God-sized dreams follow a similar growth path. We are healthily growing the dreams God has placed in our hearts. Then a stumble or fall comes along. Maybe, lack of finances trip us up. It could be motivation or comparison that cause us to stumble. Whatever the source of our dream injury, a break or a bend can occur.
When our dream becomes broken we can ignore it. We can decide to simply carry on, fight the pain, and let the frustration steal our joy. If we chose to care for the break the first step is to have a clear examination of where and how bad the break is. Just like we wouldn’t amputate a broken arm, there is no need to abandon our dreams simply for a small break. Once we find the weak spot we need to ‘cast’ it by tightly wrapping prayer all around it. Then have regular re-examinations to adjust the wrapping and to add support to the area in need of the extra support.
Sometimes our dream isn’t broken it is just bent. (<==== Tweet This)
Bent because we apply pressure to push forward in our own timing instead of waiting and allowing it to mature. Just as Samantha’s arm straightened out as she grew, so will our God-sized dreams. If the bend remains our Great Physician may see a need to break it in order to fully reset us on a better healing path.
Is the dream you are following healthy, broken or bent? Whatever the state your dream is in pray for God’s wisdom and direction for each next step you are to take. He placed that dream in you and He will see it to full maturity in His time.
Amy Boyd is a girl who lives in the grip of God’s grace. Her heart is to stitch together her past hurts and failures with His forgiveness to show the beautiful life quilt of forgiveness He designed. The scrapes of her personal journey as wife, mother, writer, speaker and bible teacher is one that illustrates the faithfulness of God in the midst of challenges. Amy writes out her story at Living In Harmony or you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.