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 back Laura Rath to God-sized Dreams. She reminds us that God-sized dreams come in God’s time. Thanks for being here today, Laura!
I recently had an opportunity to experience part of my God-sized dream—the part that I had only hesitantly mentioned to a few people and barely put into writing. (I even had to look back through past blog posts to find if and when I had mentioned it.)
The part I was afraid to put out there for others to see? Speaking to a group of women.
It’s hard to admit to a dream when you know it’s far outside your comfort zone and there are so many others who are more qualified than you.
But that’s the thing about God-sized dreams…they are dreams He places in our hearts, meant for a time He decides on. (<====Tweet this.)
A few weeks ago, I was in a woe-is-me kind of mood. Have you been there? In the midst of my grumbling to God about what I don’t have and how it would keep me from dreams I thought were from Him, I felt Him tell me Stop complaining about what you don’t have and focus on what you do have.
It’s hard to describe how I felt—convicted, but in a gentle, loving way. I didn’t think to argue about it. I just felt comfortable in letting go of my angst and started thinking about all I do have.
It stayed with me, but I didn’t overthink it.
A few days later, a co-worker asked me to help present at a small women’s retreat. My immediate reaction was to say no because I’d never spoken in front of a group before. But, all of a sudden it made sense—God was putting an opportunity in front of me that I’d never had before. He already knew what was ahead when He told me to stop complaining.
That opportunity was several weeks ago…and it was awesome. But, as I’ve been reflecting on it, I’m seeing more and more where God was at work in me. It wasn’t just a new speaking experience, but a time to see where my trust in God has grown.
I prepared and practiced in the days leading up to the retreat. I kept expecting to start freaking out, but I never did. Yes, I was nervous, but not in a way that made me sick. I trusted that God wanted me there, and that gave me the confidence I needed. I just wanted to be as ready as I could be, knowing that the first time of doing anything would be the hardest.
In fact, it wasn’t until days after the retreat when I thought about how far outside of my comfort zone this was. It was far from perfect, but I did it…and I would definitely do it again.
That’s the thing about the dreams God designs—when He says it’s time, He gives the strength and courage to move forward in them.
For a long time, I wasn’t sure if speaking was something I wanted or if God was planting that dream in my heart. Now, I know. It was from Him.
If it had been me pushing ahead without waiting for His lead, I would have panicked and been overwhelmed. But I wasn’t. I felt confident because I knew this was His plan, not something I tried to make happen.
When we let God walk ahead, He paves the way. (<====Tweet this.)
He calms our fear and gives moral support. He says You can do this! beforehand, and You did well, good and faithful servant! afterwards.
It might have been my voice heard through the microphone, but it was God’s message. Someone needed to hear from Him that morning, and that’s all I need to know.
What God-sized dream have you been waiting on?
A daughter of the King, saved by His grace, Laura writes to encourage women in their walk with Christ. She is a wife, mother, writer, blogger, and works in church ministry. Laura shares stories of her faith journey on her blog Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith, and is a regular contributor for LifeNotes. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.
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