My plan was to have a book in your hands by now.
My plan was to have a network for working women of faith like you.
My plan was to have resources and mentoring programs to help you navigate your workplace calling.
But God had other plans.
Have you been there? Have you had a dream, a goal, a plan you were sure God was calling you to, but it hasn’t materialized yet? I think we all have.
Our tendency is to think that God is holding out on us. We start to either doubt God’s goodness to us, or that we have done something wrong to make Him withhold that dream He gave us.
All that thinking is from the pit of hell. It’s a lie that we are all too ready to buy into.
I have been working with a business woman of faith recently on her business. She invented a product 15 years ago. A dream birthed by God in her heart. She hasn’t let go of that dream, even though it hasn’t been fully realized. She has been cheated and defeated through the years, but she hasn’t let go. Now, all these years later, it is evident that God is putting all the pieces in place for her dream to become a reality. What’s her secret? She hung onto her God- dream even when she couldn’t see it coming true.
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If God gave you a dream, then He’ll see it through to the end. Do you trust Him? Many of us will say that we know God can do anything, that He is an all-powerful, miracle-working God. “I know God can, I just don’t know if He will“, we say. Does that sound like trust?
Trust is the idea of putting all of your weight onto something. Like when you sit on a chair, knowing it will hold you up. Not just that it has the ability to hold you up, but that it will follow through with that ability inherent in its make up. God longs to give good gifts to His children. He will give you the desires of your heart.
So trust then becomes not a matter of if God can or will accomplish His plan for you, but rather trusting in His perfect timing. My business friend has been waiting for 15 years for her God-dream; God gave me the dream to write a book for you four years ago. God’s urgency time table isn’t the same as ours because He is eternal and sees the end from the beginning.
God’s timing is perfect. True trust comes in the waiting for His timing.
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Daniel prayed and fasted for an answer from God for three weeks. On the 24th day, the answer came. Wow! Have you prayed for your dream lately? Have you prayed that consistently, even when you don’t hear? I think Daniel would’ve kept praying until he got an answer, no matter how long that was. Daniel had prayer stickability.
Far too many of us give up on prayer before the answer comes. We live in a society of instant feedback. We can google any question and get an immediate answer. We can live stream events as they occur. We can order something and have it delivered to our door in a matter of ours. We don’t know what it’s like to wait for anything. And when we do have to wait, we get impatient and give up.
Jesus said to pray and not give up. To keep on seeking, keep on knocking, keep on asking. He gave the example of someone needing some bread for some unexpected house guests and going to his neighbor in the middle of the night to borrow some. This guy was tenacious. He wouldn’t stop knocking and asking until his neighbor got so annoyed that he got up and gave him what he needed. (Luke 11) God actually wants us to bug Him by being tenacious in our prayers.
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Pray for your God-dream. Keep praying and don’t stop. Bug God about it every chance you get.
God has many reasons for His perfect timing. One of the main purposes for making us wait, is to teach us things along the way. To change us, and transform us. To prepare us for what is to come.
My business friend has spent the past 15 years learning a lot from God in her waiting. I have learned SO much in the four years God has had me wait on writing a book for you. If either of us had that God-dream happen right away, we wouldn’t have learned the things God wanted us to learn. We wouldn’t have grown in our faith, in our prayer life, in our trust in God.
Even though I hate to wait for anything: traffic, grocery lines, fridays, I wouldn’t trade any of the things God has taught me in the past four years for an immediate dream realized.
Learn what God has for you to learn when His plans look like a delay on your end. He has important things to teach you, and they are all a part of that dream and plan for you.
God doesn’t separate the lessons from the plan, the lessons are part of the plan.
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Embrace the lessons. Keep a notebook of what God is teaching you through the waiting.
You’ll be amazed at how far you come and you will see how it all fits together into a beautifully crafted plan. A plan that can only come from an all-powerful, all-loving God.
I still don’t know when I’ll get that book in your hands; or when there will be a network for you to join; or resources and mentors available, but I do know that God has a plan for all of that, and that His plan is far superior to mine. So I will trust, pray and learn while I wait. Will you do the same?
What about you?
What plan, dream, goal has God given you that you are waiting to see happen?
What have you learned in your waiting?
Share your God-dream in the comments, and we’ll pray for it for you.