Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dream Big - Roadblocks and Redirection

We'd been on the road for 8 hours, it was 11pm, and we couldn't find the lakehouse. We were in 2 different cars, trying to pull up our GPS location and talk at the same time all while driving around a lake, in the middle of no-man's-land Arkansas and losing cell reception. Lost. No direction. Confused. Our destination lay just beyond our grasp.

Too often in the search for our dreams, we lose our way, experience roadblocks, and are forced to take the back roads. We grow overwhelmed and begin to question our ability, talent, calling, you name it. We define ourselves by the road we've traveled - our past - rather than by the road we are traveling.

When we lose sight of our dreams, we drive in circles in the dark, moving too fast to see the person flagging us down on the side of the road, pointing the way home.

We forget we aren't in control. We forget that others surround us, eager to help. We forget the One who instilled our dreams in our hearts in the first place.

Know what I hear in those lost moments? I'm worthless. I'm a failure. I can't do it right. I'll never make it.

In those moments of doubt and insecurity, I remember the One waiting for me at my destination with a light on, a beacon in the darkness.

Know what He says? I know the plans I have for you. You are my beloved. I made you in My image. Use your gifts for My glory. I fashioned you uniquely. I am Sovereign over your circumstance. I know your direction. Trust Me.

© Jason Gray

When I remember what the Lord says about me in his Word, my insecurities flee, and I slow down enough to get back on track and follow the path cut by my headlights in the darkness. I may not reach my dreams on time, but one day I'll get there. I just have to remember that no matter how much the Lord redirects me or how many roadblocks He allows in my way, He knows the plans He has for me, to give me a hope and a future, to glorify Himself.

Every day, I wake up and must choose to look at who I am in light of the Great I AM.

We finally found the lakehouse when we slowed down long enough to see a friend flagging us down from the side of the road. We had the perfect weekend with more laughter than I'd shared in a long time. The frustration and confusion were worth the destination.

What roadblocks are you experiencing or have you experienced on the road to your dreams?

1 comment:

  1. So many to name but singing "Through It All!"