God’s plan is easy to see when we are looking back over our lives. Hindsight is 2020. But vision for the future requires trust and faith. Our right now circumstances might seem at odds with the hope we have for our future, but that’s because we aren’t omnipotent. We can’t see everything that is working together as part of His plan. If we could see everything, we probably couldn’t handle it!
It may seem like life would be easier if we could see how and when everything was going to happen, but really that would just be harder.
Think about it…
Would you want to know everything that was going to happen, the good and the bad and then have to live through it all with anxiety for the tough times you know are ahead and no excitement because you already know the good stuff too?!
Enjoy the Journey
Enjoy the good surprises, work through the valleys and take one day at a time. I’d rather enjoy the journey and take the highs and the lows as they come. Especially because God hasn’t left us to journey alone.
As Jesus comforted the Disciples about His departure, he promised the Holy Spirit would be with them.
“And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever - the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. — John 14:16-17 NIV
Or put another way…
“I will talk to the Father, and He’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see Him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know Him already because He has been staying with you, and will even be in you! — John 14:16-17 MSG
This promise is for us too. You are not alone.
Plus, God filled His Word, the Holy Bible, with encouragement and hope for your future. If you don’t believe me, read:
What is your vision for your life?
Dream BIG. Sometimes we get focused just on the next thing we want to accomplish. Instead, take some time to think about your whole life and envision what you want it to look like.
It might sound morbid, but what do you want written on your tombstone? How do you hope friends and family will describe you in your eulogy? What do you want for yourself that will also get the coveted “Well done my good and faithful servant” from our Heavenly Father?
Dream big, not just for today, or tomorrow or next year….but for your life.
I want to encourage you to not give up.
“This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed. — Habakkuk 2:3 NLT
We get a vision of our lives and then something happens to discourage us and we loose our confidence. Sometimes we even start to believe our vision was wrong, even though God sent us confirmation after confirmation that we are moving in the right direction.
When God puts a hope in your heart and vision in your mind, you’ve gotta hold on to it. It might take reminding yourself every day - reading and meditating on His promises - asking friends to remind and encourage you when you start to doubt - but just don’t let go of that dream!
God has great and amazing plans for your life. He’s God! He doesn’t waste time. You matter, your life matters, your journey has a special purpose in His plan. I know, I know…you can only see the past and parts and pieces of the present, so you’re just gonna have to trust God the rest of the way.
But who better to put your trust in than Him.
Comment below and share your vision.
Jamila is the founder of loved+blessed. On her personal mission to leave a legacy of encouragement, she blogs about her own life lessons with the hope that it will bring joy into others’ lives and help them find the courage to keep walking in faith knowing that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord. Read her testimony of how God turned her misery into ministry.
Deja – That dream He’s put in your heart is for you. It’s there for a reason, so don’t give up! I’m praying that He will help you study and even if it’s difficult, that when the time comes, He’ll help you to recall all the information you need to get your GED. He’s gifted you with a talent, so I have faith that He wants you to use it. Keep consulting with God every step of the way and trust Him as you persevere.
This was really on time for me. I almost started crying towards the end thinking about my dream.
I had a rough childhood which lead me to drop out of high school. Since then I still haven’t been able to graduate and I am without a High School Diploma. I’m currently studying and it’s pretty difficult. My dream is to attend cosmetology school but I need a GED in order to do so. I’m praying that for determination, self control and perseverance through the next few months. This blog just gave me a whole new perspective on my future and consulting God about my plans.