In late July my family and I took a road trip out to the Black Hills of South Dakota. As we were driving I noticed several abandoned homes scattered throughout the landscape.
High on a hill, one house stood, windows broken, door weathered. The once straight roof was wavy with time and wear. Gaps between the boards in the walls were visible. Clearly this place had been long since abandoned.
And I couldn’t help but wonder who had graced the spaces of that home?
A newly married husband and wife, seeking to start a new life on the plains? Did children run in the adjacent fields? Young men eager to farm the land and provide for their families.
Dreams start that way don’t they?
We feel the thrill of a new start, we anticipate all of the positives and try not to focus on any of the negatives. We push forward in faith, maybe with a little fear, but filled with hope and the promise of what’s to come.
And if we are lucky all those hopes, those dreams and ideas are fulfilled. But it doesn’t always end that way does it?
There have been times in my life that I thought I understood what God’s plan for our lives were and suddenly things changed. In 2011 my husband moved to a neighboring state for a new and exciting job opportunity.
We were in a difficult financial situation, and expecting our 4th child, when he got a call from a head hunter about a possible job change. The job included a salary that would more than meet our needs. We prayed about it A LOT. He had interviews, we did research, and ultimately we felt that God was opening a door for us and we faithfully walked through it with such anticipation.
But the “dream” wasn’t what he expected at all. It was more like walking into a snake pit. My husband did his best to make good of a more than hostile work environment, but it was ugly ALL.THE.TIME. We prayed constantly for his employer, thinking maybe God brought us to this place so that my husband could have an impact on his boss for Christ.
It was tough for the entire family. The stress was palatable during those months. Then when he suddenly lost his job right before Thanksgiving, and I followed suit with an outsourcing two months later, I started to question what God had done to us.
You know because when bad things happen it is my nature to think that God did this to me. Sigh…I still have so much growth to come in that area.
The reality that we may have to walk away from everything we had believed God wanted for us was crushing.
Oh yes, yes He did. God used this dark and honestly traumatic experience for His glory. My husband courageously started his own business, doing the very thing that he had been “trained” to do during the 15 months prior. A year after he opened his doors, he was so busy that he asked me to come and work with him.
I thought I knew what I wanted for my family, my career. I believed that when we both lost our stable, good paying jobs, that our dreams of ever getting ahead had been abandoned.
But today I can see the beauty in the entire situation.
I can see that we had to go through that training ground to prepare us to do what we are doing today. Today we are living out a dream that I didn’t even know was possible. It wasn’t even on our radar! (<====Click to Tweet)
Sometimes we need to abandoned our dreams, so God can come in and show us how much better His plan is.
I am so grateful that God doesn’t just let me chase the dreams I think are best. Instead He has used those as an opportunity to get me ready for the bigger and better that is just around the corner.
I don’t know where you find yourself today friends…but if you are in one of those places where all you can see is the dream that has been abandoned, have faith. It may just be that God needed this time to prepare you for something greater. Something that you can’t possibly imagine. So I am praying that as you wait you will feel His presence and peace all the more!
Shared by: Kristin Smith
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