The dreams may lay hidden for a long time.
In looking back, I am not sure where I read that applications were being taken for the the God Sized Dream Team. It may have been on either Facebook or Twitter or in an email. The one thing I am certain is that I opened it and read it multiple times over the course of a few weeks.
No matter how I tried to push it out of my head, I kept returning to read it once again.
During a difficult transition in our lives several years ago, I felt led to start a journal – a blog – so that my children would one day know their mother’s thoughts and manner of processing. At first, I resisted the idea as I have always held my thoughts and feelings close.
Transparency and vulnerability, while my heart was yet raw, was a frightening thought.
One Sunday morning, the sermon was on Peter being called out of the boat to walk on water. I knew Jesus was always in the proverbial boat with me, stilling the storm and bringing His peace.
But me, out on the water with Jesus would require me to muster up a whole lot more courage.
So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus.
(Matthew 14: 29, NLT)
The writing was private as no one knew I was even doing so, but over the course of time, connections began. Connections that brought meaning to my writing, bringing a love of writing and for those who would read and comment.
It did not matter if the words would be read by only one as it was for the One that I was writing.
In following this urge to show up each morning and write, God has opened opportunities that were unknown and unexpected. I am discovering He knows the desires of our hearts even more so than we do.
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him and he will help you. (Psalm 37:4-5, NLT)
As I sat looking at the message to submit my name for consideration, something began to stir in my heart once again. Would I dig deep and go even further out on the water with Jesus? Could I follow Him where I had not ever been before?
The word which had been coming before me for several weeks was “Audacious” … “to be bold, brave, fearless, extremely original, without restriction to prior ideas, lively” (as I learned from dictionary.com).
Peter did not wait for perfect weather conditions to walk out to Jesus. He had to put one leg over the side, and then the other, while the rain was pelting, the wind blowing, and the waves were slapping against him.
But when Jesus bid him “Come”, he went and was able to do what he had not ever done before.
Here I am doing something I have not ever done before with a group of new friends. This is the unimaginable to me and yet, He had bid me, “Come.”
God knows the desires of our hearts for He Himself fashioned our hearts.
“Come, He bids. ” Listen carefully and you may find, He is uncovering the dream He knew was there from the beginning.
Shared by: Joanne Viola