Chasing Dreams

Desires, dreams, the very hopes we hold in our heart that are deeply rooted and established in our faith, are not there by mistake.  God places these things in us, so that we faithfully move forward with Him.  However, there is often a long and winding road to take between that which we long to do, and the fruition of said reality.

Paul was no exception.  He desperately desired to preach the gospel in Rome.  I imagine that Paul’s plan did not include chains, shipwrecks, snakes, arrests, and long delays, in order to actually arrive to his desired destination.  “Although he may have wished for an easier passage, he knew that God had blessed him greatly in allowing him to meet the believers in Rome and preach the message to both  Jews and Gentiles in that great city.  In all things, God worked for Paul’s good.” – (Acts 28:17-20 NIV footnotes)

Like Paul, we can trust that God will work all things out for our ultimate good.  He may not make it easy, nor comfortable, but He will be present, and will provide what we need to do that which He has called us to do.  When all is said and done, we too, will see that God has worked all things together for good, and that though His ways are not our ways, His ways work wonders.  As He moves in us and through us, hearts are moved and lives are changed.  His kingdom is further established in the hearts and homes of all who hear.

What is the dream,Chasing Dreams

that your heart does hold?

Do you pursue,

or fearfully fold?

Are there delays,

obstacles in route?

Are there trials,

disturbing pursuit?

You move forward,

be faithful to trust;

don’t be deterred,

by obstacles thrust.

Often the bumps,

the trials and tests;

grow us further,

to trust in the mess.

When the dream comes,

may hearts recognize;

strength in struggles,

bring hope realized.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You place in us, dreams and desires.  Thank You that in You, we have all that we need to move forward in faithful pursuit, as You call us to go.  Thank You that despite the way things often appear, You are working and moving in us and through us, even when we don’t understand how it is possible.  Forgive us for our fears and disappointments when things do not go the way that we imagined they would, and help us to trust You more.  Teach us to see things through Your eyes, rather than our own, so that we may have an eternal perspective.  Lead us to love as You love, so that many may come to know the saving grace that is available in You.  May lives be changed and hearts made new.  Be glorified in all that we say and do.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

18 Comments

  1. Shannon, each time I open one of your posts, I feel as if I’m reading another chapter in a wonderfully inspirational devotional. There’s a book in you, my friend. I love the way your devotionals, your poetry and your prayer each day all meld into a perfect whole. God has really given you a gift.. I’ve never read anyone who could put all three pieces together so masterfully. You already have the content here in Revelations in Writing. Do you have the dream too? Do you have the desire to reach thousands of people with your message of hope?

    • I do. I just don’t have the time and energy it takes to pursue a publisher right now. Perhaps this summer I will actively engage in such pursuit. I have self-published a book of poetry, but nothing with the current format.

      • Your book is there, inside you. Please keep me posted. If I can help in any way, please let me know.

  2. Hi Shannon.

    Thank you for this post. There are so many things to chew on. So many things that made so much sense. For example, Paul knew God had a plan for him but he never imagined it would involve shipwrecks, beatings, persecution, snakes, arrests! That is so true. The road to what God has in store for us is not just easy riding but is strewn with things that will test our faith. A timely post indeed…..God bless

    Rolain

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