Letting Go of the Dream

Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would have done anything to get it? A relationship, a job, that new home? I know there have been many times in my own life that I have settled for much less than God’s best for me. This is often because the pain of letting go of the dream in my heart was much more than the pain of staying in a situation that was not God’s plan. Or so I thought . . .

Many of us have been willing to go into debt, lie or cheat on a resume, stay in relationships where we are treated poorly, etc., all for the sake of getting what we want. All because we thought the consequences of losing our dream were far worse than the consequences of sacrificing our values.

Learning from Moses’ faith

Moses wasn’t willing to do that. You see, Moses wanted to enter the Promised Land more than anyone. He had a very personal relationship with God and he knew that God’s promises were good. But what he knew even more was that the presence of God was so much better than any dream he could dream. Yes, he dreamed of entering the land that God had promised. Yes, he dreamed of the people that God had entrusted him with entering it too. But more than that, no matter how painful, he wanted God’s plan. “…if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:15) And, guess what? Moses never entered the Promised Land, but he died loving and trusting God with everything he had.

I remember desperately wanting to homeschool my children. God said no and I was devastated. In hindsight, I see why. He said no because his dream for my family was much bigger than I was able to see. Much bigger than what I am still able to see. He had a different path for us.  What he did instead was settle that dream in my heart and showed me his plan. But I had to be willing to hand it over to him first. I had to be willing to trust him with my dream.

The funny thing is that ten years later, He called me to homeschool my children and I begged Him not to make me.  I didn’t want to do it. He had settled that for me years ago and now He was unsettling it.  Honestly, I still have no idea why He is asking me to do it now.  I am simply being obedient to His will and trusting that He has a plan for all of it.  I wonder sometimes if He just needed to see if I would let it go and follow Him and when I did, He gave it back to me.

Letting go of your “dreams”

What about you? Is there something you want desperately for yourself? What about for your family? Are you willing to let go of that dream if God wants something different? Have you even asked Him what He thinks about your dream? It doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dream; not at all. I just know first-hand what happens when you enter into something that is not God’s will and can I tell you, it is much more painful than letting go of the dream.

Prayer: Thank you God that I can trust you no matter what! Thank you that you have a plan for my life and for those that I love. Please keep me from entering into ANYTHING that is not your plan and if I have a dream that doesn’t belong to you, remove that desire from my heart. Thank you that you are trustworthy!  In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Allison Herrin

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Allison is passionate about ministering to the hearts of women.  She is a self-proclaimed, mistake makin mess, learning to live with a heart of reckless abandon.  Coming from a past of sexual abuse, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity and more, Allison knows […]

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Comments

  1. Lynn McCann says:

    This is very familiar to me. I have a dream right now that I am having to surrender to God. I do trust him to know what is best for me though. He has proved that to me so many times already. I know he knows what is best for you and your family too. I like the fact that sometimes he gives our dreams back to us…

  2. Lynn McCann says:

    This is very familiar to me. I have a dream right now that I am having to surrender to God. I do trust him to know what is best for me though. He has proved that to me so many times already. I know he knows what is best for you and your family too. I like the fact that sometimes he gives our dreams back to us…

  3. Me too Lynn, although I didn't want this dream back but I am still trusting every step of the way because He is faithful!

  4. There are some dreams I am willing to let go of but their are also other dreams that I am not willing to let go of.

  5. There are some dreams I am willing to let go of but their are also other dreams that I am not willing to let go of.

    • It is hard to let go of dreams that we have had forever isn't it? We have to choose to trust God no matter what because He is faithful even when it doesn't go our way. Bless you on your journey of trusting Him!

  6. The other day in a time of worship some of my friends and I were having, God told me to lay down my desire to have children. My heart sank, I felt nauseous, and had to consciously remember to breath. It was in this natural response that I realized that that was completely my dream and something I would do anything to make happen. That was why he was calling me to lay it down.
    It is not easy, I have been planning things for my future family since I was young and have said since I was probably 12 that the only things I knew I wanted in life was to get married and be a mom and raise my children to love the Lord.
    God knew the deepest desire of my heart, the thing that would rip me to pieces to give to him, and he asked for it.
    It is so hard but I am trying to give it to him. Some days I have to pray multiple times through the day because I catch myself saying "When I have kids" Or "My children…"
    But I am determined to continue to lay this down. If he turns it around and blesses me with a family, great. But I am going into this knowing that this could be him preparing me for a completely different life that I never expected. One that does not involve having children.
    It is so hard, but I know it will be perfect in the end because "All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose." That does not mean things will always be easy, but it does mean He will make things work for my good, regardless of what I think that is.

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