Imagine working to fulfill the biggest dream you have for yourself. You may be thinking about obtaining a Master’s degree, becoming a famous musician, or even starting a family. You work daily to achieve this goal, learning the ins and outs of how to put your game plan into action. Putting your blood, sweat, tears, and heart into this goal, you drive yourself bonkers trying to do it all yourself, though you continue to press on. Finally, you’re at a point where you’re so close that you can taste the sweet satisfaction of a job well done…
Something happens where you have to drop out of school. You may be struggling to find a label that will support you, or even acknowledge your ability. You may have a hard time finding someone to marry, or may be suffering from miscarriages. Your dreams are fizzling out right in front of you! You’ve worked yourself crazy over this goal, just for it to end up as an Almost.
So where do you go from here?
Well first things first, Sherlock. Let’s start with the root of the problem. Think back to the day that you conspired to put this dream into action. In every circumstance, no matter the size of the dream, no matter your age, no matter your status in the community, there is always one key step involved in obtaining a dream: Prayer.
Step 1: Pray it out
Yes, it really is as simple as that. As soon as it has crossed your mind to put your plan into action, immediately face God with the situation on your heart. Tell God what you’re feeling, how much you want the dream to be achieved. Submit your request to God.
Step 2: Seek God’s will
After you have spilled the desires of your heart to God, ask Him to have His will in the situation. See, when you were trying to solve the problem on your own, you were practicing complacency (self-satisfaction). Complacency, though admired by today’s society, is not something God wants from us. 1 Corinthians 10:12 states the concept well, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” In other words, you may think that you’ve got it all figured out in your game plan for the dream at hand, but your plans are liable to knock your feet right out from under you at any given time. Furthermore, Romans 12:2 emphasizes the importance of seeking God’s will, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. The key thing to remember here is to vanquish your mind of complacent thoughts. No matter how hard you try, if it isn’t in God’s plan for your life, you can’t make it happen. Instead of trying to solve the problem on your own, be open minded to what God has in store for you.
Step 3: Wait patiently
Here comes the most testing portion of the process: waiting on God. The waiting period can go in two drastically different directions depending on how you approach it. If you continually put faith in God and His plan, then you’ll become satisfied in the here and now. The burden of the dream at hand will feel lighter, knowing that God is carrying it on His shoulders. This isn’t the same as complacency, for you are allowing God to work His plan into action instead of your own. On the other hand, the waiting period could seem like a never-ending cycle of endless prayers if you become a selfish prayer warrior. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with continually praying about the situation; God actually calls us to do that in Romans 12:12, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer”. By selfish prayer warrior, I mean don’t become that person who gives God the ultimatum of “give me what I want when I want it, or don’t give me anything at all.” I did that once, and it was not pretty. Honestly, it was one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done, period. God has planned each and every one of our lives from beginning to end, whereas we don’t even know if we’ll still be alive tomorrow. Therefore, let Him show you His plan. Besides, even if you were doing it on your own, you’d still be waiting anyway. Might as well let the Master of all things take the wheel.
So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do?
“[Cast] all your care upon him; for he careth for you!” -1 Peter 5:7
Good day, and God bless!