Dreams in our heads tend to pop in and out readily, but the dreams that make it into our hearts bounce around until we either choose to ignore them or do something with them. God-given dreams can be covered up, but they do not go away. However they can be reshaped over time if we are not willing to take action. But if we make the decision to act, what comes next can determine whether those dreams become a reality.
Knowing when to do something can be as important as the doing of it. As “A Work in Progress” I have experienced bad timing, brought on by circumstances, other people, and myself.
I remember a time when I was about to take our kids to a birthday party. The weather reports were calling for a serious thunder storm to roll into the area. I asked my husband, who was staying home, what he thought about our driving to the party. He simply said if we were going to go then we would need to head out quickly. I took my time and chewed on his advice while checking multiple news channels to gather more information before making my decision. Twenty minutes later I declared that we would leave. I loaded up the kids in the car seats then took off towards our fun time together. The fun was stopped short halfway to our destination when golf ball sized hail began to pelt the car. This was followed by us having to flee our vehicle running through falling ice as we sought shelter at a restaurant. We later learned that the worst part of that storm, a brief intense down pour of hail and tornado winds, was isolate to the few blocks that our car happened to be driving on. And yes, I did have to call my husband and explain what had happened – which was almost as painful on my flesh as the hail hitting my skin at sixty plus mph. Late, battered and wet we eventually made it to the party.
Late, battered, and weathered we can fulfill our God-given dreams, or we can arrive refreshed and ready for our next assignment. Timing is as important as our actions, because when we do things at the best time God can protect, provide, and point us towards our next steps. We can leave one dream ready to begin the next.
How do we know when to do what God calls us to do? This is a powerful question. As “A Work in Progress” I continue to learn how to walk in God’s timing. I do know this, that God’s Word has the answer.
“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. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity…”
(Jer. 29:11-14 NIV)
These verses in Jeremiah speak amazing truths that can change us from a person wanting to fulfill our God-given dream to a person knowing how to fulfill them. The answer to the timing of our God-given dreams is a personal one, which requires getting personal. God’s dreams for us our packaged in personal plans that He deposits in each one of our hearts. These plans are packed with answers to many questions as well as the hope that will encourage us as we pursue them. We must individually seek God with the same heart that houses these plans. When we do so these plans become one with our hearts. We find, discover, and uncover the plans along with the timing of the steps that it will take to fulfill them.
But what if I mistake the timing and step out too fast or too slow? God has that covered too. When Jeremiah wrote the above Scriptures the Israelites had gotten so far away from God and His timing for the dreams He had for them that they were literally living in captivity. Where they lived they could not fulfill the plans God had for them. It appeared as though they were stuck, because of their own choices. But God shared this plan for how to get from where they were to where He knew that they could be. If they followed His instructions He could help them return to a place where He could guide them.
As “A Work in Progress” we can walk in God’s timing when we realize that our timing is off without first seeking Him. Because God knows the plans He has for us and just as important He knows when and how to fulfill them.