Do you have a dream? One that you have kept locked in your heart? A dream that is so personal that you are afraid that if you shared it, friends and family would say, "it’s impossible." A dream that drives you to your knees saying, "when is it going to happen God?" A dream that seems so impossible, so, if only.
Young women, listen to a voice about a dream that is older than many of you. My dream was ignited in college. I wanted so badly to be a member of the State Department. Early in my 20’s, I applied, but was rejected. I proceeded on with life, but my dream remained prominent in my heart.
Then in 2003, I again decided to pursue my dream and this time, I was accepted into the Foreign Service. I was ecstatic, but the "peace that surpasses all understanding" was not present. Even while I was packing our bags, there was a gnawing unsettled feeling that it was not time.
My daughter was entering high school and was thriving. She was close to her grandparents and I knew deep within that it was not the right time to move to a remote country. So with a heavy heart, I called to declined the job. During this time, I poured over the scriptures and Psalm 37:4 which has been a mainstay thru the years. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart" came to mind...I whispered, "Really God is that true?" Again, I laid my dream aside.
Ah, but God’s ways are not man’s ways.
Fast forward to February of this year. On a wintery day in Washington DC, I stood with the 110th specialist class and with my right hand held high, I was sworn into the Foreign Service. There in the audience was my daughter, Sarah Blake beaming with pride and I knew that the right decision was made 13 years earlier.
So, give your dream to the Lord, if it’s His will, than it will happen, just be prepared.
Your dream may lay dormant for many years, but age or time means nothing to God.
So what is your dream? A college degree, a job, marriage? Then consecrate your dream to the Lord.
Who would have thought? I am now a member of the Diplomatic corps of the U.S. State Department.
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