Summers in Texas are hot. When the sun peeps over the tops of the oak trees, the temperature begins to climb. We step outside to begin our walk, and in spite of the pleasant breeze, we feel the warmth on our skin. It isn’t bad at first. Every once in while a cloud shields us from the glaring sun. We walk through the sub-division once, then begin the circuit a second time.
The second time is always more difficult. The sun is higher in the sky. The sweat begins to run down the sides of my face. That familiar ache in my leg makes its appearance. It is so tempting to quit as we walk right by our driveway. It would be so easy to turn in and head for the air conditioned house, but I want to finish well. I keep walking. Finally we reach our driveway for the second time. I step into the shade of the little oak and let the breeze wash over me. It wouldn’t have felt half so good if I hadn’t finished the walk.
Has God ever placed a dream in your heart? Was it something you hardly dared imagine you could do? But you began, and it was wonderful. There was a fresh wind of the Spirit and a clear path up ahead. All seemed so right.
Then it happened. Everything that could go wrong did, and you wondered why you ever thought you could do this thing. It would be so easy to set the dream aside; to acknowledge that, really, it was too much.
Truthfully, it was too much for you because it was never meant for you to do alone. The One who placed the dream in your heart, the One who promised to never leave you and said He could do anything – He’s the One who will help you make the dream come true. In His way; in His time.
Hold on to the dream, and hold tight to the One who tucked it into your heart. It may look a bit different than you imagined. That’s okay. His ways are best, and they are always good.
" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11