“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those of who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 NIV
Our family ministry had just kicked off, we announced our launch with our plans to host a conference in the year to come. Years of dreaming, months of planning all came to a crippling halt after the announcement of my parents’ separation. My heart wasn’t prepared for the shocking events that soon would play out, eventually ending with the finalization of their divorce. Stunned, confused and hurt—it seems there aren’t enough words to describe the emotions I was feeling.
When Dreams Die…What’s Next?
Working in ministry is something I had dreamed about for years, and finally ministry was more than just a mental imagery, it was tangible and possible. When my parents’ marriage ended, so did the ministry. I felt like my dreams died before they ever had a chance to survive. I began questioning everything, “Do I even have a calling? Am I really gifted? Did I waste time chasing a dead end? Is there even purpose for my life?”. I spent months asking myself these questions over and over, desperately trying to figure out answers to so many unanswered questions.
Eventually, I had to make a decision. Was I going to allow myself to be stuck in a pit of chaos, or would I rise up and dig my way out? I could either let my heart linger in hurt and confusion of the past, or I could stand firm on the truth that I know. Jeremiah 29:11 tells me that God has declared prosperous plans and hope over my life. Romans 8:28 promises that these wounds will heal, and no pain is too big for God to use. I told God he could have it all, my dreams, desires, problems and pain. I stopped asking God why and began to ask him what.
“What are your plans for me, Lord? What are your dreams for my life? Fill my heart with your desires.” When we decide to trust God with our hurting hearts, not only does He heal, He redeems.
Do you feel like you’ve lost a dream? Is hurt from the past a continual road block? Do you feel like you have no purpose? Friends, I can promise you this, God does in fact have a plan for your life. He promises you this throughout His word. Circumstances and pain can be deceiving, they can leave you feeling lost and uncertain, but I encourage you to never stop the pursuit. Pursue the Lord daily, discover his dreams for your life by standing firm and declaring His word over your situation. When life tries to shake you, your foundation is the rock. When disorder arises, you are shielded by faith. When confusion tries to stop you, you are girded with truth. The victory has already been won—what you do with it, is up to you.
By: Beka Roebuck