The trouble with being human, especially when we have a goal in mind, is that even before we get started we want to be shown a clear path to a successful end with no hitches so that nothing is a surprise. This, of course, isn’t possible even when we do our best to lay down the perfect plan. Past experiences show that at every turn, something new or unplanned may arise, sometimes, painfully, and in a magnitude that cannot be ignored, and so the previous plan is disrupted. And, if they’d be progress that is worthwhile, the new issue must be dealt with.
In some instances, the original plan falls apart completely, and your goal suddenly seems impossible and unattainable. Logic tells you to forget your idea and move on to something else—shutting the door against your dream in the face of despair.
But what if this goal is not just one that you can easily shove under layers of emotional defeat? What if it has grown into a dream that you sense is much bigger than you? What if over time you’ve come to believe it’s a desire that God, Himself, impressed upon your heart, and so no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to shake it off; rather, despite the many odds you’ve faced, the flames of hope keep blazing on. This dream now has a life of its own that cannot be snuffed out.
First, pray. Pray until God’s peace settles in your heart in such a way that it becomes a guard and guide toward the right direction. This, of course, won’t happen overnight. In addition to praying, study and meditate on God’s Word. God has a lovely habit of finding His children right where they are, using the different parts of Scripture—whichever part they turn to—to communicate His will to them if they are willing to listen. Fortunately, as overwhelming as His plan may first appear—as difficult as it may be to accept and believe this Word given to you because of how small you may perceive yourself to be in the face of such a calling—God is patient and faithful to repeat His message to you over and over again, even accompanying His Word with signs and witnesses that are astonishing, with intent to leave no room for doubt, all the while preparing you and building your faith little by little until you arrive at a place where you not only believe His Word, but you also see that God is, indeed, a loving Father who wants to bless His children.
Over time and in hindsight, you gain understanding of why He permitted some of the sufferings in your past. Doubt is slowly but sturdily eliminated, and you gain a much clearer and better perspective of what life is truly about. You see the beauty of serving God by serving others in unconditional love, choosing not to worry or look out for any reward from men, but instead, from God, Himself. Humility sets in, and deep appreciation for people and community grows in your heart, taking center stage as you continually learn that ALL men, great and small, are equally significant—each with a role that profoundly contributes to the overall wellbeing of all. As your mind grows in wisdom, you also become more simple-hearted toward people of every race, age, and station.
But how do you arrive at such understanding?
The kind that bleeds out pride and false security. God allows pain for a number of reasons. One of them is to teach absolute dependence upon Him. When your plans remain unshaken, you may fall prey to the lie that you arrived at success ONLY through your hard work and smart plans; you neglect to recognize God’s grace as what enabled you to accomplish all that you have. God, in His wisdom, is aware that when your dream is fulfilled, if you would be preserved and not get taken down by pride, then you must learn true wisdom (the fool says in heart that there is no God or that he doesn’t need God; but the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom).
If you’ve found yourself in a place where all your plans have fallen apart, yet your dreams refuse to die (no matter how weak your zeal and spirit may have become), perhaps it’s time to truly seek God and His will. Is it possible that in your haste and zeal somewhere along the way God took second or third place in your life, or that you’ve forgotten the true reason for His calling you? Have the motives for your actions changed so that they are more for your glory than for God’s? Is knowing the heart of God still the center of what you do? Have you lost your way amidst the chaos and many noises around you?
You can still rediscover your true path.
You can do this by talking to God—rediscovering Him and His love—making Him number one again, and then following His instructions, step by step, day by day, moment by moment, even when you don’t see the complete picture. This is what faith is all about—the kind that pleases God. It involves you following Him because you know the One in whom you’ve placed your hope and trust in. You do what God has placed right in front of you with what He has made available to you, making the most with what you’ve got, even though you have no idea how the future will turn out. And even when the future doesn’t unfold in the manner that you expected it to, you remain sure that the greater good is still being achieved as you serve God, because you’ve learned the vital lesson that it was never about you, but always about God, all the while maintaining an attitude of gratitude. Humility sets in, and the hope that your reward is found in God alone becomes as sure as day.
About the Editor
Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards, in 2014, in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category. In 2016, Miranda was honored to be one of 500 book reviewers across the world invited to help launch Tim Tebow’s book, Shaken.
When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, and her journey as an author, you can follow her author website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.