"There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven:
a time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to uproot;
a time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance;
a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing;
a time to search and a time to count as lost;
a time to keep and a time to throw away;
a time to tear and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak;
a time to love and a time to hate;
a time for war and a time for peace."
Ecclesistes 3:1-8 HCSB
When it comes to my God Sized Dream there are a few more I could add to this list:
- a time to write and a time to read;
- a time to be encouraged and a time to encourage;
- a time to say yes and a time to say no
Do you ever wish you had an Almanac to help figure out which time it is for your dream? I live in rural PA, surrounded by farmland, Amish, Mennonite, and grandparents who raised animals and grew their own food before it was the "in" thing and work hard from sunrise until sunset. They sell Farmers Almanacs at the grocery store. And people read them, understand them, and believe them because they've been right before.
There is a perfectly timed moment in my life for everything God has planned. My struggle? Slowing down long enough in my pursuit of my passion to seek His timing. I want my dream to come true and I want it now and I'm willing to put in the work for it from sunrise until sunset...but it doesn't mean anything if "now" is not God's plan.
But here's the thing. Those farmers I know? They don't wait until it starts snowing to prepare. They don't wait until the first raindrops hit the ground to get everything ready. They plan ahead, knowing what is to come (even if the exact "when" is a mystery) so they're prepared. It takes planning to plant and harvest and our dreams aren't any different. Our "now" will come - if these dreams are God Sized Dreams and we're trusting Him to use our talents for His glory, the time WILL come- but we can't wait until the minute before to start our work.
So I start now. I practice. I tell people about my dream and I ask questions of women who are currently living my dream. I seek mentors and learn as much as I can. I go to conferences to encourage the women who speak and be filled, knowing one day God might have me on that stage. I write the words here because I trust God to use them in His timing, and although today might not be my "now" to achieve my dream, today might be someone else's "now" to deeply desire an encouraging word.
Pray about your "yes" and "no" - and learn to say "no" so that you will be prepared when God asks you to say "yes" to your dream. If we fill up every minute of our lives with what we think we should be doing/feel obligated to do/say yes to without praying, we'll run out of time, energy, and passion for our God Sized Dreams.
Build a community.
Share your dream(s).
Pray for wisdom to know God's timing.
Encourage others in their pursuit.
Do what you're doing now excellently because, as Holley Gerth writes:
"...where you are today may be exactly the training you need for the place where God wants to take you tomorrow."
You're Made for a God Sized Dream