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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Redirected Dreams

As I was packing up "The Go Girl Mobile" for this evening's Soul Surfer movie preview we're hosting, it occurred to me how drastically my life has changed since 2003 when I bought my CR-V.

I thought long and hard about what kind of car I needed. My plan was to open my own catering business, so I knew I needed a vehicle with lots and LOTS of storage space. Plus, I planned on getting married in the next few years, so I needed something with a high safety rating. I could already envision two little car seats in the backseat. And so I landed on the Honda blue, of course. Plenty of room, high safety rating, my favorite color...we were going to go places!

Eight years later, and there's no catering business, no marriage, and no children.

"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

If I had told myself 8 years ago that I wouldn't go into catering, and I wouldn't be married by 30, I think I would have died. Just dieeeeed. I can hear my conversation with God now, "GOD! My dream is to be a caterer! My dream is to be married!! My dream is to have children!!! How do You NOT consider this disastrous?? THAT is a disaster! A COMPLETE DISASTER! What's left for me?? Where is the 'hope and a future' in THAT??"

If God had given me a choice between the life I dreamed and the life He's given me now, I would have easily said 'no' to God's plan. I mean, what could be better than my dream? Had I kept following my plans, I would have missed out on the joy of being right where He wants me.

"We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps." Proverbs 16:9

The best part is it's not over yet. I'm so thankful God is the one who determines my steps. He's done a pretty good job :-).

What's the dream you had in mind for yourself, but God has turned it into something better?


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