On a sunny day in June, I walked through the doors of the school for the last time. I paused on the sidewalk with my arms filled with one last load of memories. Glancing quickly over my shoulder, I walked the final twenty feet to my car. I piled the last few things into the back seat, started my car and drove off.
A year and seven months later, as life moved on, school memories continue to fade from sight. Life has graciously filled in the cracks after retirement. My last day of teaching became my first day of dreaming. I found myself with dreams in my heart and a hope for the future.
For many years of my life, I have not allowed myself to dream. As a young teacher, I began building my career. Marriage came next and soon thereafter, motherhood. Two young sons don’t leave you a lot of time for dreaming. But that final walk out of school flipped a switch somewhere inside me. It triggered a fresh start, a time to start dreaming and the belief that dreams will come true. Hope for the future was attainable and realistic.
Walking out of the school doors awakened a voice inside of me that whispers, “I have so much more for you. The best is yet to come.” I leaned in to listen and catch the rhythm and promise. I believed even when life looked nothing like I first imagined it would look in retirement. My hope was the spark carrying me through interruptions and unfulfilled dreams.
Sometimes our dreaming looks like unabated hope as life around us unravels. I traveled a path that took me off road, but even that led me to right where I am today.
The times our dreams are covered by a blank canvas are the times God replaces them with endless possibilities.
If I lose my trust in second chances, God in turn creates first chances from the least expected.
When patience runs out and hope is distant, God breathes grace and peace into the fractured pieces.
If life hands us brokenness, God fills us with healing to remind us He never leaves our sides.
Dreams lead us to fulfilled promises blessed by God when they align with His path for our life.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 (NIV)
God gives us immeasurably more than we can handle and much more than we deserve. Dreaming leads us closer to God when we open our heart to matching our heartbeat with His own.
May you catch yourself dreaming today and find that spark of hope for the future.
Shared by Mary Geisen