A dream board can help you plan for your dreams, but as Kerryn explains, it can also help you see God at work.
“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps” (Proverbs 16:9).
Tears flowed while waiting for my youngest son to wake. . . I should have been excited!
My youngest adult son, with a mild intellectual disability, was about to depart with the church missions trip to an Indonesian orphanage. He’d carefully saved all that was needed, when he normally spends every last cent on himself! Choosing to go and work in the heat and humidity, he would help to build a sandpit, a basketball court and assist with a retreat.
I’d prayed for this, over many years for him, but I was in tears. . . with my own grief.
Years ago at a conference, we were encouraged to pray, dream and ask the Lord, “What are the desires of my heart?” My husband and I took weeks to pray, search and decide upon pictures and words that summed up our dreams. These were placed on a “Dream Board” hanging in our bedroom.
Dividing the dream board diagonally, we had shared dreams in the middle. We then excitedly placed our big individual dreams around that.
The biggest section of my side of the Dream Board has photos of orphans dressed for college, buildings of orphanages, and schools. Having been to visit orphanages in Indonesia, I’d left part of my heart there. I’d been to the plot of land, seen the surveyors and the plans for the orphanage– that’s now built–that my son was going to visit. . . today!
Now I’m sick and unable to go. I know I should be excited for my son and praising God for this very special event in my son’s life–and I am. I should also be excited for the missions team that is going, as it was something that I’d initiated and got up and running before becoming ill–and I am.
However, I’m also grieving the loss of not being able to go myself.
My heart had planned my course, but the Lord has determined my steps. I know that His plans are best, but it’s hard “letting go and letting God.”
I know that when my son returns the Lord will have done a great thing in and through my son and the whole team. I know that blessings will have been poured out amongst those precious orphans that I’ve held in my arms. I know that I’ve been an instrument used to create this missions work in our church.
I know that I’m still grieving and the Lord is healing my wounds. I know too that He is restoring peace to my soul and helping me to find new roles within my dreams. As His Word says; His plans give me a hope and a future.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that You determine my steps and know my heart. Thank You that You know what delights me. Please continue to help me to release my dreams into Your hands and plans. Amen.
About the Author:
Kerryn Wright lives with her family amongst the gum trees in South Australia. She was a special education teacher prior to chronic illness. Her husband is carer for three of their family, who have chronic illnesses and disabilities. God has always guided them through life’s challenges, often in surprising ways.
PS: The missions trip was an overwhelming success, with opportunities to praise God cross-culturally. My son came home with renewed faith, increased independence, and greater confidence. He’s left a piece of his heart there now too and intends to return in 2013 for the next missions trip to Indonesia. Praise God!
What dreams have you had to release? What has eventually come to pass once the Lord has determined your steps? Hav you considered starting a dream board for the new year?
This is a beautiful song, “When God Has Another Plan” by the Greens. Lyrics are included and I think you will like it. -Lisa