This is part 7 of a series intended to focus on what has worked for us as we learn to walk the path laid out for us. For us, what has given us the strength to grow is a program called Celebrate Recovery. We hope that, if you haven’t already established a support system for yourself, you will give Celebrate Recovery some consideration. Although this site is dedicated to mental well-being, Celebrate Recovery is a program for anyone with hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This includes substance abuse, struggles with faith, and even temporary issues that require a healthy support system. This series has a goal: to create awareness and raise money for further training for us as Celebrate Recovery leaders and mental health champions. This August, we have an opportunity to attend a training summit in California to further our ability to walk with others on this faith-based healing journey.
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer, in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to do His will. (Principle 7)
I had a dream. I wanted to go back to school to get my Master of Nursing degree. I wanted to be a nurse practitioner. As with most things in my life, I had an idea and I went full speed ahead in pursuit of that goal. I went full speed ahead until I crashed and I had to withdraw from the program. I was devastated. I was mad. I was going to go back and try again. For the second time, I went full speed ahead without taking that breath, that pause, to see if this was really God’s plan, or if it was just what I really wanted.
Again I started, and again I crashed. I crashed more quickly and I crashed even harder than the first time around. Why? Why God would you do this to me? Why do I have to face a mental illness everyday that makes it seem impossible to follow this dream? Where were You God when I was falling? He was there. He was waiting. He was ready to catch me; I just couldn’t see it. I couldn’t see that it was me who didn’t take that time to sit, to wait, to listen. To know His will and allow him to provide the way to accomplish it, on his timeline, not mine.
God began to place a new dream in my heart, but I didn’t know how it would all play out. He was asking me to wait. He was asking me to listen. So I did. I paused. I took a breath. I waited. He began to open doors that I thought had been closed for good. I decided to trust him for one step, one day rather than needing to see the end of the path. It. Is. Hard. I want to know it all and I want to know it now, but that’s not how He works. He began to give me dreams and visions and I began to hope.
“For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
I am still me. I still want to run headlong down the path. I still want to finish it all right now. But I know that He is not in the rush; God is there in the pause. His plans for me were not for me to fall flat and fail, but I didn’t wait for Him. His plans were not to see me unable to achieve my goals for the future, but He needed me to follow His plans for my life in His timing. I am here to say that He restores what we mess up. I have watched Him move mountains for me over the past several months and now I have the chance to follow a dream that I thought had died.
Whether you dream of going back to school or being in a certain job, or being in ministry, whatever your dream is, He is there. But His timeline is not our time line. His ways are so much higher and his plans so much bigger. He’s in the waiting. He longs to spend time with you, so He can share with you the unimaginable plans He has for you. He’s in the “yes” and the “no” and the “not right now”. He is with you. Always.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you can imagine.”
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