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 so excited to welcome Kelly Balarie, who shares the important reminder that God’s plans are always the best…even if they look different from what we first dreamed.
Sometimes we have that one dream. We want it so badly. We want it with all that we are. We can see it. We can feel it. It rules our mind. It drives our behaviors. It consumes our thoughts.
We can only imagine what life will be like when we finally have it. Things will change. Life will matter. Everything will come into perspective.
God knows how much is riding on this. Right? We think so. So, we diligently pray, as any good Christian should do. We ask and we seek to no end. We call up to God and bare our heart. We let him know how much we need this one dream to come through. We tell him exactly how we see it working out.
I have done this so many times. I have dreamed big dreams. I have hoped big hopes. I have wanted things to go a certain way. In fact, I have almost demanded they go a certain way.
From a middle school boy I had a crush on, to huge business deals, to small personal victories, to getting a present I wanted, to hoping someone would do something, to doors being opened to me in just the right way, I have dreamed small and I have dreamed big.
The hoping and the dreaming part was easy for me. I could see success in my mind’s eye. I could see everything working out. God knew how it should all play out.
My dreams seemed to carry my emotions to heights unseen. They lifted me up, excited my soul and gave me something to look forward to. I could see it all, all the potential – I could see everything.
Until the winds changed, and I realized things were starting to go in a different direction. Then, I started to panic. I kicked my legs and moved my arms trying to get myself back to where I thought I should be heading.
Fear gripped me.
I was going to fall.
I called out to God to fix it all. To make it how it should be.
But, God doesn’t answer based on our panic buttons, he answers based on who he is. He answers based on what he knows we need versus what we think we want. He is greater than our emotions. More powerful than our demands. And more knowledgeable than our greatest insights.
While we can’t see it in the moment, God softly, or sometimes abruptly, changes our direction or cuts off the wind altogether because he has a greater vision. We may feel like we are falling, but he sees more for us than average, happy living. He sees an area for us to be closer to him or he sees an opportunity to impact someone else or he sees something we will never see until we meet him in heaven.
No matter his reason, what we can trust is that he is greater than us. (<====Tweet this.) His view is miles higher than any height we could ever climb to. He sees from complete knowledge and understanding.
As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
When I look back on those heartfelt dreams that I wished for, there is one common denominator – I am much better off than I would have ever been had God granted me these personal dreams.
He has drawn me to him. He has held me close as we walked down alternate paths. If I had gotten the business successes I desired, I would be a different person. I wouldn’t have God in my life like I do now, I wouldn’t be able to encourage others in the same shoes as me and I wouldn’t have the same feelings of celebration when other doors were open. I might have taken things for granted.
I am thankful that God was in charge versus me. He knows what he is doing.
When God looks at us, he wants to give us everything. He loves us as children. (<====Tweet this.)
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
God has gifts in store for us. Let’s trust him. Let’s lean on him. Let’s see where his winds direct us. Let’s follow him in obedience. We can trust the master gift maker. His gifts will surpass our wildest dreams.
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Kelly, often called a “Cheerleader of Faith”, encourages other to live with passion and purpose. While Kelly has suffered through various mental, physical and financial trials, she has found God’s light in these dark places. Her greatest desire is to come alongside others who are struggling, so they may see God has been holding their hand the whole time. When Kelly isn’t writing on her blog, Purposeful Faith, Crosswalk.com, Internet Cafe Devotions, tweeting or posting on Facebook, you will find her devouring yummy food with her husband, laughing with her toddlers or searching online for her next travel destination.
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