Proverbs 16:2 – All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives. (HCSB)
1 Chronicles 16:11- Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. (NIV)
I am sipping my coffee this morning while listening to the wind blow and looking at my new calendar of ocean scenes. I am thinking how I would rather be starting the day listening to the waves instead of to the winds! When we were younger, my husband and I would talk about how someday we would live at the beach; we would search the real estate listings to determine what would fit our “needs” (ocean view being number one, of course); we would take notice of certain neighborhoods and discuss the pros and cons. It was fun to dream. We haven’t done that in awhile. We still love the sound of the waves, love seeing the ocean view, love the atmosphere of a beach town……so what happened to our dream of making all of this our daily lifestyle? What happened to cause the death of our dream? Sometimes dreams die because we “age out” of that particular dream. We mature and realize that it is just not possible to travel between planets or become an ancient warrior or live in outer space. Sometimes our dreams die because we let them starve. Instead of feeding them with action and determination, we allow people’s words of discouragement and negative attitudes to fill us and take away our hunger. Sometimes our dreams die because it was OUR dream but not YOUR dream; our plan but not Your plan. Psalm 94:11 says that You know all of our plans and know they are futile. Jeremiah 29:11 says that You have plans for us, plans that are only good for us. Sometimes I’ve tried to convince You how good my plans are and how You should make them Your plans too, but Proverbs 16:2 tells me that everyone thinks their plans are great! Then verse 3 tells me to commit my plans to You. Lord, You know my dreams and plans. You know my wants and my needs, and You know there is a difference between those two things. Lord, I know that it’s okay to have dreams and that sometimes those dreams come true. Dreaming isn’t wrong as long as our dreams are inline with Your plans. Jim Elliott said “God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with Him.” Lord, help me to seek Your strength in everything I do, to dream my dreams but follow Your plans.