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 Cherise Macias to God-sized Dreams. She shares a little about how God cares about every, single detail of our dreams. Thanks for being here today, Cherise!
“…And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”
Hebrews 12:1-3 (NLT)
The moment I walked out of the interview, the first person I called was my Mom. Yes, I am 30, and yes, she is still the first person I call when something great (or bad) happens to me. She didn’t answer so I left her a voice mail, and with excitement in my voice I shouted, “It went great, I know it’s mine!”
This was the opportunity I had been praying for, dreaming of, and expecting for two years. (<====Tweet this.)
Now, allow me to rewind to 2 years to June 2013. I had just graduated from college, and since it took me ten whole years to complete my bachelor’s degree, I was more than ready to “start my life.” At that point in my life, that meant landing my dream job.
It didn’t go that way; it wasn’t even close to what I had imagined post-graduation would look like. About two months prior to graduation, I began submitting applications. I thought I was being proactive and smart since I would be ahead of the game. Well, we sure do make our plans, and the Lords purpose sure does prevail because four months and 30 applications later, I was staring at a blank inbox. I wasn’t even getting rejection emails!
It was as if my emails were going off into a dark hole.
And so was my spirit.
Proverbs 13:12 tells us “hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is the tree of life.” I so badly wanted my tree of life. I was so discouraged. I thought to myself, “Am I ever going to live out my purpose, and fulfill all the potential Christ has placed in me?” No matter how discouraged I was, I would find the strength to say aloud, “Lord, your Word says, no good thing will you withhold from me!”
I stood on that promise.
God began to work on my heart, and He clearly revealed to me that my life doesn’t start or end with a job. That also goes for all those other things we tend to wait for, thinking they will finally give us purpose or allow us to start our lives. I’m talking about our own personal “tree of life” such as a husband, children, more money, an empty nest, the size 4 waist, more influence. Go ahead, you fill in the blank.
We all have something we are convinced will fill our lives and bring us the joy and happiness we so long for. (<====Tweet this.) I finally understood my “tree of life” is Christ. It is the moment He died on the tree to give me life.
Everything changed when I came to that realization. My heart was no longer sick, and I began to feel hope stir up in my spirit again.
Then, something BIG happened. In August 2014, God gave me an opportunity to work. To work for Him….for FREE. I was asked by the Pastor I served under to be part of a one year internship for my church. This meant one more year of putting off the dream job, and I was more than at peace with it. I knew God was up to something I couldn’t ask, think, or imagine.
Although I was honored to serve God in a greater dimension, the sacrifice of the internship was more than I could bear. Working full time at my job and 18 hours at church was depleting my energy. Three months in I was ready to quit, but I knew if I was ready to quit, God must be up to something BIG.
Now, let’s fast forward to July 2015. This brings me to the end of the internship. The last day of the internship was July 29th 2015. My first interview was July 29th 2015.
Isn’t that so like God?
P.S. I got the job!
Photo Credit: Chris Sorge (some changes made)
My name is Cherise Macias, and I am a born and raised Southern California girl. I am captivated by the way God has created me and Jesus is my first love. My overriding dream is that my life would count for the glory of God’s Kingdom. Every day I wake in in awe of who God is and how far he has brought me. I am so imperfect, yet so thankful of my identity in Christ. His constant pursuit of me has stolen my heart and I am grateful every day for his unfailing, merciful love. I absolutely love sharing who Christ is to people, I find it very difficult to stay quiet about his glorious goodness!
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