Surrendering Happily-Ever-After

Family Photo copyAt a young age, my head was full of anticipation for the happily-ever-after-life I would one day lead. I dreamed about who I would marry, where we would live, how many children we would have, how many others we would adopt. I dreamed about the books I’d write and the people I would help, and the list goes on and on.

Today, I’m no different although my dreams have changed over the years. Some I’ve gladly given up, like being a pilot since I’m afraid of heights. Others I still cling to and believe for, like finally putting to pen the multiple books in my heart.

But what of the dreams I long for and see time making less and less achievable? What of the shattered dreams that have left me disillusioned and confused? What of the uprooting and rearranging of dreams I’m seeing right now? Nowhere in my little-girl hopes did hurt and loss come into play. Nowhere did I account for personal failure or the failure of others. Nowhere was there room in my young heart for dreams that didn’t come true.

What about your dreams, dear one? Are you in a season of surrendering your own version of happily-ever-after? Perhaps your prince charming isn’t so much after all. Perhaps your home isn’t being filled with the laughter of children you always imagined or you have a prodigal who you long to come home. Maybe sickness or financial crisis has left you unable to do little more than survive, let alone chase a dream.

Please know how I long to whisper words of hope into your soul.

I don’t know what you’re dreaming today, but I know that you can entrust it to the One who knows every secret longing. He has a way of drawing the line between the dreams others have instilled in you and those He intended all along.

Don’t miss this beautiful, broken journey dearest sister. It’s not about the dream. It never was. It’s about faith in the One who knows what will truly satisfy. It’s not about resigning ourselves to loss. It’s about releasing the right to be bitter for what we thought our life should or could look like and giving God permission to take over. When we do that, He may breathe fresh life into dead dreams or teach us how to relinquish them so that new ones can be birthed.

When hopelessness takes over, remember this, “God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!” (Eph. 3:20 The MSG)

What are you dreaming of today? Or have dreamed your whole life? Will you be able to trust Jesus with it? Will you let Him decide what will be granted, what will be reshaped, and what will die?