The End of a Dream

There's not a person alive who will not receive life-changing news at some point in their life. Disappointments come into everyone's life. You didn't see it coming, but it happened anyway. Now you have to learn how to deal with it.

You might be an innocent bystander whose life was turned upside down by the actions of someone else. Or it could be that you made one bad decision and now you must pay for it, and possibly for the rest of your life. Or perhaps you received a bad report from a doctor. There are countless scenarios that might stop you in your tracks and force you to change directions but they have one thing in common: The end of a dream or the postponement of a dream. And it hurts.

You had such great plans. You worked at it for years and were so close to achieving your goal. But life is fragile and you've never been more aware of it than right now as you're standing at a three-way junction in the road. Your plan was to keep driving straight to get to the finish line, but that's no longer an option. You can only turn right or left, and it's possible neither direction will take you to where you want to go.

Even then—or perhaps especially then—GOD IS WITH YOU. You are not alone. Tell Him how much it hurts. Pour your heart out to Him.

Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 NIV

Tell God everything that hurts about your situation—the grief, the disappointment, the anger. None of it will shock Him. He already knows your pain. But there is no better counselor than God. Pouring your heart out is not about informing God. It's about unburdening yourself to your Creator. He knows how to heal your heart. And He will.

Pouring your heart out is not about informing God. It's about unburdening yourself to your Creator.

So stand firm in your faith. Hold onto God's Word. You know God will not fail you. When the devil tries to condemn you and point his finger at you, remember that you belong to God. If you have dedicated your life to Him then you are His, so stand firm and trust Him.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Ephesians 6:13 NASB.

Now begin to thank Him that He is walking this path with you. Praise Him that nothing is too difficult for Him to help you navigate through. Worship and trust Him. I love John Piper's quote: "Occasionally weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God. And embrace the life you have."

Allow God to work in you so that whatever path you find yourself on, He will use it to make you a better person. Your pain will make you more sensitive to the pain of others. The lessons you learn will help you obtain greater wisdom. You will become stronger, gentler, kinder, and more patient as you allow God to enter your situation and accomplish His purpose in your life. Trust Him.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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January 19, 2022