Old Plans and New Plans???
What comes to mind when you think about dreams? As a small child, we all probably dreamt of what we wanted to become. The dreams were endless! A lot of those dreams were shattered due to reality. However, as we grew older we became more realistic of what we wanted to do with our lives and we began to live our dreams.
So many things change for each of us over the years. We often planned for our future. Many went off to college or trade school. Others got married and started their families. Jobs often cause us to move away from family for more opportunities. Christina Rasmussen said – “When the dream that was, no longer can be, you have to dream a different dream.”
Many of our dreams did come true! As we look back at those dreams, it certainly puts a smile on your face. But for those dreams that did not come true, it can take quite a while to except what did not come true. C.S. Lewis has said – “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”
The life we had planned for our “golden years” are not necessarily golden. What were your dreams? How have you worked through your disappointments? Life can be disappointing and we often wonder what we can do going forward. In thinking things through, do you sense a new beginning? We cannot change what has happened but we can rely on God to help us through this journey to hear/see what He has for us to do.
May I suggest you share with someone you trust to talk through your good times and bad times. Philippians 4:14 reads: Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Perhaps talk through your new dreams and discuss what you may want to do going forward.
As you prayerfully seek what your next steps are, Psalms 25:4-5 reads: “Show me your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”
I have always been a dreamer……. Sometimes my dreams are very unrealistic and other times, they are very driven by how I can help others. Usually, I need to sort out was is realistic and what my talents really are. Where does God want me? Where does God want you? It may be as simple as sharing your story with another widow. Maybe just getting those out of the house for coffee, lunch or a little shopping may do the trick.
Augustine once said – Hope is a waking dream. Maybe you are that person to give someone the dream of hope!
Blessings to each of you. Dream small or big! God has plans for you!!!!!