When I was living out in Arizona prior to returning to Michigan I had a plan. I was living out that plan, but not my dream. I had carefully constructed a means of getting by…enduring. I had placed my dreams on hold and did not see a way to make them a reality in the short term. There were many obstacles and challenges in living so far away from friends and family. Don’t get me wrong. I am thankful for the experience and I grew in so many ways by enduring and overcoming those obstacles and challenges. As a result, my relationship with God was deepened and strengthened because it was necessary to rely on him.
However, while God wants for us to grow and our relationship with him to deepen and grow stronger, he does not want us to merely exist. He does not want for us to only get by. He has placed dreams within us that he wants to see fulfilled. When it was suggested I return to Michigan I was resistant to the idea at first because it wasn’t part of my plan and the only way I could see to getting to my dream was by seeing my plan through to completion. Yet once the idea to return to Michigan was planted it took root and eventually I did return. Simply put, I missed my family and I longed to develop a relationship with my granddaughter. Once I got here, things did not turn out the way I thought they would and circumstances required me to make some adjustments to my living arrangements. It was in this time that I began searching for my motorhome.
Living and traveling in a motorhome was something I had dreamed about for the past decade. Yet, I kept delaying my dream for this reason or that. The time was never right; the circumstances wrong. There was always endless excuses. The thing is, that if we allow it, there will always be excuses to not pursue our dreams.
When I left Arizona, I never imagined that my dream of living in a motorhome was going to be accelerated. I had no idea that decision would lead me straight to the heart of my dream. If anything, I thought I was heading in the exact opposite direction away from my dream. But, here is the thing, sometimes even if we can’t see what lies ahead…or we have lost our way…or perhaps have forgotten the dream…God does not forget and he never loses his way. He sees very clearly that which he has placed within our hearts. We only need to get in agreement with what God has planned for us by being open to the possibilities.
Until next time, Live Authentic. Live Intentional. Pursue your dream. Live with purpose.