Eventually, we all know generally what we want out of life. Whether it be fortune and fame, or peace and quiet, or love and respect, we have this perfect little image built in our minds of what we desire our future to look like. We set goals to attain this destination, we work hard to get there, and we won’t stop until we’ve got whatever it is we want.
But when we become Christians, we are to put all these dreams “on hold,” basically; not because our dreams are useless or selfish or shallow, but because we learn that God’s plans are better, and He knows what we need, for His ways are higher and He knows all and only wants what truly is the very best for us.
We ask that His will be done, and we ask that our will be in line with His, because we ought to be at peace with whatever He gives us. We hope He says yes to our dreams, but we say that no matter what happens, we will be content. But do we really mean that? Will we truly be satisfied with whatever life throws at us, even if it’s not what we really, really wanted?
And what if God says no?
Whether we like it or not, sometimes He says no to our biggest dreams and plans. And sometimes what we think may be the best for us is not what will really help us grow spiritually, and so, for our own good and out of the purest love possible, sometimes He has to tell us a firm but tender “no.”
What do we do then? How do we go on when our life plans have been taken out from under us? All I know is we should have faith. Never stop having faith in Him, and He will not fail you. He will help you through, and I promise you He has something good in store for you. Just because He says no to one dream does not mean He’s done with you; He will continue to guide you and help you achieve even better goals.
But what if He says, “No, My child. Soon, but not yet. You must be patient.”
Oh, patience. Every time I ask the Lord for patience, He gives me plenty of chances to practice! It’s not easy, and I am not the best student in the art of learning patience, for sure, but it is possible to learn. If we don’t learn patience we won’t learn much else.
Sometimes God says no to our plans, but only because it’s too soon, we’re not yet ready, or it will just be better to wait a little while. That answer can be hard, simply because the waiting can be hard, but He is always faithful and here to help us through our waiting journey.
“Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14
“Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength;they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:31
As the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait.” I believe this is true. When the thing we’re waiting on finally comes, we will know its high worth and our desire for it. It becomes more important in the waiting, and thus becomes more treasured, more cherished, than if we had just gotten the thing as soon as we’d asked for it.
And no matter where we are in our lives, we should be content, like Paul.
“Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things [i]through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:11-13
“Have patience, My child,” He says, “It won’t be long now. Just trust Me; you’ll be so glad you did.”
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way; when sorrows, like sea billows, roll; whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, ‘It is well, it is well with my soul.’ It is well with my soul; it is well, it is well with my soul.”
Is it well with your soul? Life’s just too good to worry or complain.
Have a blessed day!