In the month of July, I attended my first writers conference. There is a particular writers conference that I always wanted to be a part of, but it wasn’t possible because it was in another state. However, due to COVID, this conference was held completely online this year. Suddenly my dream of attending this conference came true. I thank God for this opportunity!
One of my blogger friends, April at peacefulwife.com, always wanted to go on missionary trips around the world and lead people to Jesus. But missionary work was not something that her husband wanted to do, so this never came to pass. However, now April’s blog does reach people all over the world. And she has led some of her followers to Christ. So, her dream has come true, but it just looks a little differently than she expected. How amazing our God is! (See this post where April talks about her blogging journey.)
I have a friend who recently told me that she never liked being alone, so this pandemic was not easy for her. However, she has found contentment during isolation because God has laid out many projects for her to accomplish during this time. As a result, she has found purpose, satisfaction, and has relied on Him. She praised God for this silver lining!
Sometimes we don’t get the things we want. Or it could be that they just don’t look the way we imagined. That is when the goodness of God enters the picture. We should take our hopes and dreams to the Lord and lay them out before Him. If they never come to pass or if they look differently than we expected, there is a good reason for that. It could be that God knew what we wanted wasn’t in our best interest. Or perhaps God had something better in store. We have to trust Him.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
God can see the beginning and the end and every tiny thing in between. Our human view is very limited. We think we know what is best and we think we know what we want. But many times the things we want are not in our best interest. One thing you can always count on is that God has what’s best in mind. So cling to God and His goodness. He will work things out in a miraculous way that we might not be able to imagine.
© 2020 Bridget A. Thomas