What If Your Real Future Is Better Than You Imagine?
Right now my life looks nothing like what I thought it would be, I said to the Lord.
As I spent time in prayer, I kept mulling over my new job as Spanish teacher. A year earlier I thought I would be marketing a book about now. Instead I was writing lesson plans and trying to remember how to conjugate Spanish verbs in past tense.
The volleyball girls at my new school wanted me to write some Bible devotions about friendship for them. That’s not putting my name on the New York Time’s Best Seller (I think big), but it is putting my name on something important.
Lord, this isn’t what I expected. This isn’t at all what I thought I would be doing.
I imagined it all differently.
I wanted to pour myself out for the souls of people, but I never once thought that would include several dozen high school students. I had no way of knowing the joy I would feel by investing in those girls.
In the middle of the strange blend of questioning God over the complete turn of events and rejoicing over my new position of influence, I opened a favorite devotional book, Streams in the Desert to find this most incredible encouragement:
“You can be sure that somewhere beyond the locked doors is one He has left unlocked. And when you open it and walk through, you will find yourself face to face with a turn in the river of opportunity –one that is broader and deeper than anything you ever dared to imagine, even in your wildest dreams. So set sail on it, because it flows to the open sea.” -F.B. Meyer
The river turns, indeed.
What are you expecting your life to be like?
What if the Lord has something broader and deeper than what you dare to imagine?
To the sea, then.
There is a group of ladies in Lenoir City, TN using your Psalm study for their small group. They just started it last week. So you are making a difference! Hugs from TN!!
Hugs back! That’s so encouraging, Sabrina. Give them my love!
Thank you, Christy! I was just talking about this very thing with a friend the other day. Our plans, no matter how great they sound, do not compare to what He has for us. I thought I’d be a nurse, possibly in a different country, and have my own biological children. Now, I can’t imagine my life without my special education students in my classroom at school or my foster children in my home!
You have a beautiful life, Rachel.
Thanks so much for the perspective.
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