I don’t know about you, but too often I’ve thought I had it all figured out. I knew where I was going to go to school, what I was going to do with my life and how it would all come together. Boy, have I been wrong every single time. I am a planner, so knowing and planning out every last detail of my life was crucial. That is, until I finally realized that it is nearly impossible. People walk in and out of your life, unexpected events occur and life just happens.
Ultimately, when you place your life completely in God’s hands and allow Him to navigate your future, it’s up to Him what school you go to, who you marry, where you live and what career path you take. Some may think it sounds absolutely crazy, but I will tell you that this journey is the most terrifying, courageous, exciting, rewarding and adventurous thing you will ever experience. Entrusting your life to the Creator of the universe allows for your dreams and your future to be limitless. There are no boundaries on what you can do and where you can go.
I have always known that my dream was to speak to women of all ages, all over the world. To be their friend, mentor, encourager and confidant. I have been spending much time in prayer, fervently searching for something deeper. I’ve been asking, “What kind of women am I called to speak to? Who am I supposed to reach out to? Why do they need me?” The answer I received was the most obvious, yet profound thing I have ever heard, “Whatever you are most passionate about- whatever stirs up your spirit, is your calling. That is the dream I have given you.” HOLY WOW.
Without having to think or guess, those things that I am most passionate about were immediately revealed to me. I have a heart for those that are broken. The lost daughters that are desperately searching for the meaning of their life. They aren’t necessarily going to come to me via internet or fancy women’s conferences. To be honest, they probably don’t even have access to those resources. Perhaps they have become so inundated by the things of this world that they don’t even realize they are hurting anymore. Maybe these women believe that there is no hope for them and they are destined to live the way they do.
All too often we look at others and their messy situations and think, ‘They got themselves there. They were the ones that allowed it to happen, maybe they should have made a better decision.’ Yet when the situation is flipped and we, or someone we love are the ones in the messy situation, we say, ‘How could this happen? We aren’t like those types of people, we deserve better.’ We believe that we are the exception and actually avoid those types of people because they are, well, messy.
Why doesn’t it occur to us that those people are just as treasured and valued as we are? The same Jesus that came to this earth and died for your sins, died for their sins as well, because He thought they were just as worth it as we are. The same Jesus that we worship, knelt down and washed the feet of His own disciples. That same Jesus healed the leper and spared the prostitute. The Almighty came not to be served, but to serve. (Mark 10:44-45)
The reality is, if my parents were not as proactive in my life as they were, it is likely I could have ended up in the very position that these sisters are in. Those women; the prostitutes, the drug addicts, the abused- they are people too. Created by a loving God who gave them a dream also. Somewhere along the way, they just lost sight of that dream. They simply need someone to reach out to them, risk getting a little bit messy, and to guide them back into the loving arms of the Father who has been longing for them to come home.
I want to rescue the broken from their pit, just as Jesus has rescued me, and to remind them of their dream. To help show them how truly incredible and beautiful they are. I want to see these women all over the world rescuing others and encouraging them as well. My dream may not seem like the most glamorous, but to share the love of God with these women will be the most rewarding and worthwhile way I could ever spend my life.
I’m dreaming global. Taking off all limits and allowing God to use my life however He wills.
What God-sized dreams do you have?