"I keep dreaming about Colorado and randomly thinking about Colorado during the day. I don’t know why, but I thought I should say something because I want credit in case something happens.”
I casually and jokingly said this to Scott sometime after we rang in the new year last winter. He looked at me like I was strange and we laughed it off because God doesn’t send me visions or dreams.
I thought maybe a friend we knew in Colorado needed prayer or Facebook scrolling filled with posts from Colorado friends got the best of me. Maybe my thoughts were on the publishing industry in Colorado?
In my wildest dreams, I never imagined anything would stem from those dreams. I thought we’d never discuss it again because God doesn’t send me visions or dreams.
A few months later, in the heat of summer, Scott received a phone call about a possible job opportunity.
The company was located in Colorado.
When Scott told me he was approached about a job opportunity to work remotely for a company in Colorado, I walked out of our house into the garage because I needed a minute to push my jaw back up and find my words. I was shocked.
God doesn’t send me visions or dreams.
Or does He?
I started out the year saying that I was expectant for everything God would do in mine and my family’s life. How could I not be with everything He’s done in the past?
Eager and hopeful for all that God would do, I sprinted with faith into 2018.
I wanted to be like Noah building an ark without a drop of rain.
I wanted to be like Joshua marching around Jericho blowing a horn.
I wanted real faith to follow God’s plan, whatever that may be. For maybe the first time ever, I truly wanted His plans more than my own.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)
I love Jeremiah 29:11. Who doesn’t?
I’ve grown to love the verses that follow it more though. The Bible says that we can call on God and pray to Him and He will listen to us. Then, the Bible goes on to say that when we seek God with all of our heart we WILL find Him.
It’s not always how we planned it and probably never in our own timing. Some days it’ll be so hard that we simply have to choose to seek God.
When we are seeking Him, while holding our plans loosely, we can grasp a peace that helps us wait for His plan and timing. It’s always worth it.
Well, I said that I didn’t want a boring life. I’ve had to make the choice to seek God with my entire heart even when I don’t understand and it doesn’t necessarily feel good.
As I edit this blog post, I patiently wait for a phone call from Colorado where Scott is onsite at his employer's headquarters for a few days. (Don’t worry, Nashville friends, we’re staying put in Tennessee!)
I guess God does send me visions and dreams…
And sometimes those dreams are gateways to a larger God-orchestrated plan that is just beginning to unfold.
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