Encouragement

Your Dreams Vs God’s Plans

A few days back, I was preparing to speak in a children’s Bible class. The story I chose was a fictional one but it had a beautiful message to be given at the end. Since the meeting was held through a Zoom call, I decided to show the visuals along with the story and a craft activity for the children to comprehend.

It was a story about three trees and their dreams. The first tree wanted to be a treasure chest and have all the precious gems, gold and silver kept inside it. The second tree wanted to be a mighty ship and wished to have mighty kings travel in it across the sea. The third tree wanted to grow to be the tallest tree in the forest. It wanted people to look up to its branches and think about God.

After many years, when the trees grew tall, a group of woodcutters came to the mountain. The three trees were cut down and taken to different places. The first tree was sold to a carpenter and he made it into a feed box for the farm animals. The second tree was sold to a shipyard and instead of becoming a mighty ship, it was made into a small boat. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in some place in the dark for no specific use.

Years went by, and the trees nearly forgot their dreams. But one night, golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her new-born baby in the feed box. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. A great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. One of the men stood up and said “Be calm” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of heaven and earth in its boat.

On a Friday morning, someone came to get the large pieces of the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it. Later, they nailed the man to the tree at the top of a hill. The tree felt ugly, harsh and cruel. But on the third day, the tree came to realize that its dream was fulfilled as every time people would look to the third tree, they would think of God’s love.

My dream was much similar to the third tree

While thinking about this story in a deeper way, I found a beautiful message it offered to my heart too. My dream was much similar to the third tree. I wanted to share God’s word and His hope through my life. I wanted my life to be a source of encouragement for others. But, the unexpected happened. Instead of having some grand opportunities of sharing His word on the stage or visiting different places through outreach works to meet people or being a part of any Gospel movement, I found myself inside my home looking after my special needs child day after day. After years have passed by, I hardly remember my dream. All I could do being at home was just to write some blog posts of hope-filled messages and share them on social media. This was not the dream I had for my life. I felt forgotten until one day, a number of mothers including mothers of special needs children from different parts of country sent me messages saying that my words have encouraged them significantly and helped them realize God’s grace and love in their lives. And I knew, I was actually living out my dream.

All of us have some dreams about our lives.

We want those dreams to manifest themselves exactly the way we desire them to be. The moment we know about them, we feel excited about them. With all enthusiasm and aspirations we move on knowing that one day we will achieve what we desire for. But life happens; things don’t go the way we plan, some detours come, some unexpected life tests, some other priorities and responsibilities come our way. And before we know it, the time has moved on so much and we wonder whether we truly deserve to have those fabulous dreams living inside us anymore when all we see is death around us.

Does your dream look different than you desired?

Probably, you too had a dream like the third tree but you are finding yourself in a place you never thought of or maybe your dream was similar to the first or the second tree. You had higher aspirations from your life and wanted to do something more significant and meaningful but you are finding yourself in an unexpected places. You probably are doing work which seems ordinary to you and to others, maybe you are a housewife, or maybe you are looking after your elderly parents, or raising your kids, or running a small business, children’s home or a ministry, or maybe you are part of a small prayer team or teaching a few kids in your locality or maybe like me raising special kids being at home. But as long as your life is holding the precious message of the Hope of Christ in your life, as long as your weaknesses are showing the power of His strength through your life, as long as your brokenness and pain is pointing others to Jesus’s love and His sacrifice and as long as the Dream Giver’s presence is in your life, look once again my friend, you are probably on your way to live out your dream!

6 thoughts on “Your Dreams Vs God’s Plans”

  1. Lovely message Elizabeth. Let’s trust God to choose our paths for us in our lives, because that’s where we are going to be most useful for the kingdom of God.

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